Dozens of people were killed in attacks on villages in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a civil society organization said Saturday. Local sources blamed the attacks on the CODECO militants, saying they attacked at least three villages, around 60 kilometers from the provincial capital of Bunia.
Lawmakers from the United States met Thursday in Asunción with Paraguay's Defense Minister Bernardino Soto Estigarribia to discuss matters of mutual interest, one day ahead of their encounter with President Mario Abdo Benítez at the López Palace.
Congolese authorities have taken action Sunday after two people were killed by fire stemming from the United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed in the violence-torn African country, it was announced Sunday.
Argentina's Defense Minister Jorge Taiana last week bid farewell to the national troops to be deployed in Cyprus as a part of the United Nations peacekeeping Mission.
Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Pou has announced Thursday he would be spending Christmas in Congo, on an official visit to members of his country's Armed Forces stationed there on a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
United Nations experts said on Wednesday they had been unable to find evidence of direct support by the Islamic State for an Islamist militia in eastern Congo. Several Latin American countries have deployed under command of UN, peace-keeping forces, among which Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala and Uruguay, with more than a thousand personnel.
The UN Security Council ended 15 years of peacekeeping operations in Haiti on Tuesday, voicing regret that the country is still saddled with huge economic, political and social woes. The United Nations first sent peacekeepers to Haiti after then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by the army in 2004 under the pressure of a popular uprising.
On Tuesday, 29 May, the United Nations will commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and-police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, alongside more than 15,000 international and national civilian staff and nearly 1,600 United Nations Volunteers.
Brazil will join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, Minusca, the United Nations has announced. This is an important decision since Brasilia looks to maintain a high profile in UN peace operations and show its increased interest in Africa.
The United Nations has asked Brazil to send troops to join its peace mission in the Central African Republic, said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N.'s head of peacekeeping operations, in an interview on Monday.