US: Congo Warlord Ntaganda Turns Himself In
A Congolese warlord accused of conscripting child soldiers who had lived as an international fugitive for years surrendered to the United States Embassy in Rwanda on Monday and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court
Congo keen to sign peace deal; rebel response uncertain
The DRC government said on Monday it would give eastern rebels amnesty and positions in the army if they agree by the end of this week to lay down their arms
Rebels in Syria Release U.N. Peacekeepers to Jordan, Easing Crisis in Border Zone
New York Times
Syrian rebels released 21 detained United Nations peacekeepers to Jordanian forces on Saturday
‘Framework’ Announced for Peace in Congo
New York Times
Leaders of several African countries and UN officials announced a new “framework” to tackle instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Taliban Vow to Keep Targeting Afghan Officials
The Taliban vowed to target government employees and other Afghan civilians they consider linked to the U.S.-led coalition
Kosovo's Strides Toward Freedom Are Inspired by America's Founding
Just as Americans had to struggle for their independence and democratic institutions after 1776, Kosovars, too, have traveled a difficult path from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the ensuing ethnic conflicts to the building of a multi-ethnic, free-market democracy
U.N. chief suggests Congo rebels had outside help to take Goma
Command, equipment quality and fighting ability of rebels in eastern DRC suggests they had external support
UN Secretary General names new acting head for peacekeeping mission in Haiti
By: Associated Press
The Washington Post
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed a seasoned humanitarian worker to serve as his Acting Special Representative in Haiti to oversee the world body’s peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation.
UN Said to Weigh Sending Peacekeeping Force to Mali
United Nations peacekeepers may be deployed to Mali after French troops leave to ensure that Islamist militants don’t seek to reclaim the northern part of the country, according to UN officials.
Two abducted UN peacekeepers freed in Darfur
"Two UN peacekeepers have been freed in the Darfur region of Sudan more than four months after they were abducted while on patrol, the United Nations said."
Peter Yeo | 2012's Sleeper Story: Success in Timor-Leste
The Huffington Post
"I was standing outside a Timorese refugee camp on the day Carlos Caceres pulled me aside with a frightening message - 'The militias know who I am and where they can find me.'"
Peacekeepers Exit East Timor
The New York Times
"The United Nations ended its peacekeeping mission in East Timor on Monday, leaving the country without any direct security assistance for the first time since a spasm of political and ethnic violence in 2006 almost overwhelmed its shaky, post-independence government."
War in Syria Is Becoming Sectarian, U.N. Panel Says
"Syria’s civil war has evolved from a battle over political change into a conflict that is “overtly sectarian,” pulling fighters from across the Middle East and North Africa into the fray, United Nations investigators said on Thursday."
Rwanda: UN Commends Rwandan Women Peacekeepers in Ivory Coast
"The contingent of 15 female police officers is the first police unit to serve with the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) since it was established in 2004 by the Security Council to facilitate the peace process in the country."
UN adds to pressure on Afghan government to protect women
UNAMA said country had a long way to go in implementing the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women
Django Sissoko named as Mali prime minister
Django Sissoko named to succeed Cheick Modibo Diarra, who has been under arrest since his resignation
South Sudan army shoots dead 10 protesters: U.N.
South Sudan's army shot dead 10 people protesting against relocation of a local council headquarters in northwest
U.S. and Russia still back Syria settlement- UN envoy
U.S. and Russian officials have given their commitment to a political solution for the deepening Syrian conflict
UN peacekeeping chief says no operation to oust al-Qaida from northern Mali until next autumn
The Washington Post
Before a military operation takes place Mali’s army needs to be retrained
African Union appeals for U.N. funding for Mali force
"The African Union appealed on Wednesday for U.N. funding for a military operation to combat Islamist extremists in northern Mali after U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon cautiously recommended the Security Council approve the force without U.N. financing."