U.N. warns of risk of Mali war spillover in Western Sahara
The conflict in Mali threatens to spill over into the disputed territory of Western Sahara the U.N. chief said in a new report.

First UN Aid Allowed into War-Torn Sudan State
Voice of America
The United Nations says it has started providing urgently-needed food assistance in Sudan's Blue Nile state for the first time since rebels began an uprising 18 months ago.

UN backers brace for $225 million sequestration hit
The Hill
The United States risks losing influence on the world stage as sequestration threatens to once again send the country into arrears at the United Nations, advocates warn.

Mali, ECOWAS Urge UN Stabilization Force
Voice of America
ali and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS have given their consent to the United Nations to deploy a stabilization mission to Mali and are urging its rapid deployment.

Sudan's Bashir orders political prisoner release
BBC News
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has said all political prisoners in the country are to be released.

U.N. Approves New Force to Pursue Congo’s Rebels
New York Times
The United Nations Security Council authorized a new “intervention brigade” for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday with an unprecedented mandate to take military action against rebel groups to help bring peace to the eastern portion of the country.

UN: Syria, rebels must ensure UN safety in Golan
Miami Herald
The U.N. Security Council called on the Syrian government and rebel fighters Wednesday to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of the U.N. peacekeeping force that has monitored a cease-fire line between Israel and Syria for nearly four decades.

UN Considers Mali Stabilization Mission
Voice of America
The U.N. Security Council held initial discussions Wednesday about options for a peacekeeping force in Mali after France withdraws its troops.

Sudan asks rebels to help draft constitution as tensions ease
Sudan's vice president on Tuesday invited rebel groups to help prepare a new constitution

Secretary-general proposes UN peacekeeping force and non-UN combat force as option for Mali
Washington Post
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed a U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali working alongside a non-U.N. force as one option to maintain security after French forces leave the crisis-wracked West African nation.

Israel fires into Syria after Golan attack on troops
Israel said it fired into Syria on Sunday and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers

Congolese warlord flown out of Rwanda from U.S. mission
A Congolese warlord accused of war crimes charges was flown out of Rwanda bound for the International Criminal Court in the Hague on Friday

France Wants U.N. To Take Over Peacekeeping Mission In Mali
France has been fighting Islamic insurgents in the African nation of Mali for over two months. Paris has recently called for a U.N. peacekeeping mission to take over for the French.

Nations tackle global spread of combat weapons
While the spread of assault rifles is fueling heated discourse in the United States, nations around the world are grappling with a similar debate involving weapons, particularly automatic rifles.

US: Congo Warlord Ntaganda Turns Himself In
ABC News
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
ABC News
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

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