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U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

By Hubert-Mary Djamany BANGUI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Saturday that French and African soldiers in Central African Republic were "overwhelmed" by a "state of anarchy," a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due to approve next week a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for the former French colony, which will take over authority from African Union troops in an attempt to restore order to the impoverished country.

Ban in C. Africa to signal resolve on UN force

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior UN figures to raise the spectre of genocide.

Ban in C. Africa to signal determination on UN force

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior figures in the UN to raise the spectre of genocide. jpc-mc/bur/gd

US seeks to reassure Japan amid Ukraine crisis fallout

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo, after Russia's intervention in Ukraine raised concerns in a region plagued by its own territorial disputes. Hagel, on a two-day visit to Japan as part of a tour of Asia, said Russia's annexation of Crimea had sparked worries among allies in the Pacific and elsewhere.

US seeks to reassure Japan amid Ukraine crisis fallout

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo, after Russia's intervention in Ukraine raised concerns in a region plagued by its own territorial disputes. Hagel, on a two-day visit to Japan as part of a tour of Asia, acknowledged Russia's annexation of Crimea had sparked worries among allies in the Pacific and elsewhere.

US, Algeria vow to cooperate in fight against terrorism

The United States and Algeria pledged Thursday to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria, which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

US, Algeria vow to work together to fight terrorism

The United States and Algeria Thursday pledged to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

UN Mission in DR Congo prepares withdrawal

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it is preparing a gradual withdrawal from the country despite the continued presence of dozens of armed groups. Late last month, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate for one more year of its stabilisation mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) and its intervention brigade charged with "neutralising" foreign and domestic armed groups.

S. Korea lines up exhibitions, conferences for ITU meeting

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea outlined a series of diverse and high-tech events on Wednesday in preparation for a global conference on information technologies that it is hosting in October. South Korea will host the 19th International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, the country's largest port city 453 kilometers southeast of the capital, from Oct. 20 through Nov. 7.

U.S. House backs Ukraine aid, sanctions

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea. The 378-34 vote was in support of a package approved by the U.S. Senate, meaning it will be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law, ending weeks of haggling in Congress over how best to support Ukraine.
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