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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.