SDF welcome to join Mali peacekeeping mission: U.N. officer

Dec 14, 2014

SDF welcome to join Mali peacekeeping mission: U.N. officer

Sophie Solomon, the United Nations officer in charge of civilian-military coordination in Mali in western Africa, says the Self-Defense Forces would be more than welcome to join the U.N. peacekeeping operation in the conflict-riven country. “There is need for a lot of infrastructure” to ...

Nov 4, 2014

Female GSDF officer to be assigned to NATO

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will send a female officer of the Ground Self-Defense Force to NATO headquarters in Brussels for a two-year assignment starting in December. Lt. Col. Chizu Kurita, 39, will be the first member of the Self-Defense Forces to be ...

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

Mar 4, 2014

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended Monday deploying nearly 12,000 peacekeepers in Central African Republic to re-establish order in a country that has erupted in chaos and sectarian killing. The former French colony was thrown into turmoil after rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka group ...

Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

Mar 4, 2014

Obama pushes Israel to deliver Mideast peace pact

President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians, as he sought to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan. But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader ...

Mar 3, 2014

Pakistan suspends airstrikes against the Taliban

Pakistan said Sunday it was halting airstrikes against Taliban militants in response to a monthlong cease-fire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks. The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month, aimed ...

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

Jan 26, 2014

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

South Sudan’s government and rebels traded accusations Sunday that each had breached a cease-fire deal by attacking the other, but insisted they were committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict. Both sides insist they were attacked and have responded only in self-defence. The cease-fire, ...