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UN sounds alarm over attacks of civilians in South Sudan

The United Nations on Friday sounded the alarm over an upsurge in vicious communal violence in conflict-hit South Sudan, after dozens were killed in an attack on civilians sheltering in a UN base. UN officials said "dozens" of people were killed and scores more wounded on Thursday by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in the war-ravaged town of Bor, one of several sites where thousands of people are sheltering from ethnic violence.

Gunmen kill 20 in attack on S. Sudan UN base

At least 20 people were killed and another 70 injured by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in South Sudan, the US ambassador to the world body said. Samantha Power strongly condemned Thursday's "brazen, inhuman attack on unarmed civilians" where 5,000 people are sheltering inside the base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in the war-ravaged town of Bor.

Civilians pay heavy price in worsening S.Sudan war

Gebriel Mabil was sitting at home in Bentiu, South Sudan, when the war found him, a lone bullet tearing through the wall striking his seven-year-old son in the jaw. His son Steven Kueth now sits in a bed in a Nasir hospital, covered in bandages and clinging to life with the help of breathing and feeding tubes. "I worry about my son because I don't know if he will survive in his state," said Mabil, sitting in the hospital in Upper Nile State where his son was transferred after he was shot. Doctors don't know how or if his jaw can ever be repaired.

Gunmen kill 20 at S. Sudan UN base: US envoy

Gunmen killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others when they stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, the US envoy to the world body said. Ambassador Samantha Power strongly condemned the "brazen, inhuman attack on unarmed civilians" in the war-ravaged town of Bor. The United Nations had previously said dozens of civilians from a rival tribe had been wounded in the "unprovoked" attack before peacekeepers fought them off.

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said. A U.N. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 48 people had been killed and 60 wounded in the attack on the base in Bor in northern Jonglei state, where there are Indian and South Korean U.N. peacekeepers.

Egypt's once-feared police on guard against 'unseen enemy'

Colonel Amr has forbidden his family to discuss his police work; with militants relentlessly targeting Egypt's security forces he remains perpetually on guard against what he says is "an unseen enemy". "Every day one of our colleagues becomes a martyr," says Colonel Amr, a stout man in his 40s. Since the military deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, militants have increasingly singled out members of Egypt's once-feared security forces for attack.

S. Korea holds send-off ceremony for U.N. mission to South Sudan

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Army on Friday held a send-off ceremony for 290 troops to be deployed to South Sudan to help the newly independent African nation's rebuilding efforts, the Army said. The Korean contingent, consisting mostly of engineers and some medics, will be dispatched later this month to serve United Nations Missions in South Sudan. The unit will be stationed in the town of Bor, some 170 kilometers north of the capital Juba.

Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term in office after an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013. Voting results were due on Friday, and turnout appeared low, but Bouteflika, backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party, looked almost assured of victory and another five years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali

By Cheick Dioura and Jean-Baptiste Vey GAO/PARIS (Reuters) - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the French and Malian governments said, killing about a dozen of their captors in the process.

Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks

A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday. In the video titled "Retaliation is life", the group said that it had carried out eight attacks in Cairo since November 20, 2013. It also said it would launch new attacks as revenge against the abuses inflicted by security forces on women protesters supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
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