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The next Somalia? It's bad to worse for the Central African Republic

NAIROBI — United Nations peacekeepers are a step closer to being deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of international efforts to forestall the country’s total collapse into sectarian violence and anarchy in the wake of a rebel takeover in March this year. The UN and human rights groups say that both the rebels and their opponents have committed abuses including murder, rape, burning of houses, looting and forced displacement.

Incredible UN speech by a girl the Taliban tried to kill

Less than a year ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan, approached 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, aimed a pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger. The Taliban made a big mistake. Malala survived, and has become an icon for women's rights and access to education. 

UN panel to investigate North Korea gulags for crimes against humanity

The former judge heading the panel says he has already been inundated with requests from people wishing to testify.

Syrian rebels used sarin gas, says UN human rights investigator

"We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm [the findings] through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas."

UN peacekeepers head to Mali, where there is no peace

NAIROBI — Thousands of UN peacekeepers could be headed to Mali as early as July. The UN troops, which could number more than 12,000, would replace a French force that has been battling back Al Qaeda-linked militants since January. 

Twitter gears up for Millennium Development Goal countdown

The UN marked the 1,000-day countdown until the Millennium Development Goals deadline with a "digital rally" to galvanize action.

From April 5-12, the UN is marking the 1,000-day countdown until the Millennium Development Goals deadline. Here is a sampling of reactions on Twitter.

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What’s the most critical and under-appreciated issue in international security? World peace

Commentary: Wars between countries are rare, a fact that may predict long-term trends.
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Belarussian soldiers and oficers dressed in Soviet Army and Wermacht wartime uniforms perform a show reproducing a World War II battle at the place called "Stalin's line" in the village of Goroshki, some 35 kms from Minsk, on Nov. 19, 2011. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The very phrase “world peace” has become something of a synonym for naiveté. Yet in recent years, compelling evidence has emerged to suggest that at least one important aspect of world peace, the absence or rarity of war between countries, may in fact be close to a reality.
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UN identifies Syria war crimes suspects, including 'very high officials'

"We can't decide, but we are pressuring the international community to act, because it's time to act," said former UN prosecutor Carla del Ponte.

Chatter: France says Mali campaign 'developing favorably'

France is confident its troops will soon be out of Mali, the crisis in Syria is only getting worse, 'Argo' sweeps the Golden Globes, and the royal baby has a due date.
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France is confident its troops will soon be out of Mali, the crisis in Syria is only getting worse, 'Argo' sweeps the Golden Globes, and the royal baby has a due date.
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UN peacekeepers leave East Timor after 13 years

UN peacekeepers arrived in East Timor in 1999, when the Timorese voted for independence, putting an end to 24 years of occupation by Indonesia, Agence France-Presse reported.
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