UN force says Israel-Lebanon border tunnels violate truce
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon said Monday that two of the four tunnels discovered by Israel and allegedly dug by the Hezbollah militant group cross the border in violation of the cease-fire agreement that ended the 2006 war.
UNIFIL said it has been investigating the tunnels uncovered in an Israeli operation launched earlier this month. Israel says the militant group dug the tunnels in order to infiltrate the country and carry out attacks. Hezbollah has not commented on the operation.
UN extends Central African Republic peacekeeping mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution extending the mandate of the 14,600-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in conflict-wracked Central African Republic.
The French-drafted resolution adopted Thursday urges all militias and armed groups in the country "to lay down their arms, cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities."
It calls on President Faustin-Archange Touadera to advance talks with armed groups and national reconciliation "without delay."
Israeli military chief, UN commander in Lebanon talk tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of a series of tunnels Israel says was built by Hezbollah to carry out attacks.
Last week, Israel began an open-ended operation to destroy the tunnels.
Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Thursday asked the international community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and condemn the Lebanese militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.
Stepping up an international pressure campaign against Hezbollah, Israel also hosted the commander of a U.N. peacekeeping force, showing him one of the tunnels and urging the force to take action across the border.
Congo rebels attack, burn homes near UN base in east
BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's army spokesman says rebels have burned homes and a car in a neighborhood in the east of the country where U.N. peacekeeping forces have a base.
The attack late Friday into Saturday comes days after eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against the Allied Democratic Forces rebels in their Kididiwe stronghold near Beni.
UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave the troubled West African nation was made "based on recently received information." He gave no details.
UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country's 200-person contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave was made "based on recently received information." He gave no details.
UN to host meeting of divided Cyprus’ rival leaders
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations says it is hosting a meeting between the rival leaders of Cyprus in the U.N.-controlled buffer zone on the ethnically divided island nation.
President Nicos Anastasiades, who leads the country's internationally recognized government, and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci, are being hosted by Elizabeth Spehar, the head of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Cyprus, on Oct. 26.
UN urges action on marking disputed Sudan-South Sudan border
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border for the last time unless both countries demonstrate "measurable progress" on marking their border.
A resolution adopted by the U.N.'s most powerful body sets out seven specific measures that Sudan and South Sudan must take in the next six months for the force to remain, at a reduced level of just under 4,000 troops.
6 charged in Kosovo with planning terror attacks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have charged six people with plotting to carry out unspecified terror attacks.
A statement from prosecutors on Friday said the suspects were charged with preparing terror attacks and recruiting for extremist groups. The six were arrested in June. The statement did not name the groups.
Cyprus protests Turkish warship’s arrest of fishing boat
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus was trying to secure the release of five fishermen who were taken into custody by a Turkish warship Friday as they fished off the northern coast of the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation.
The Cyprus government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said authorities had filed a protest of the detentions with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Cyprus. U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said the U.N. was trying to "resolve this situation, which is regrettable."
Israeli wall rising near border with Lebanon stokes tensions
ROSH HANIKRA, Israel (AP) — Israel is building a massive wall along its northern border, saying the barrier is needed to protect civilians from Hezbollah attacks, but the project has raised tensions with Lebanon, which fears the fence will encroach on its territory.
UN: Cease-fire violations may spark Lebanon-Israel conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday that violations of the cease-fire agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict and urged international support for Lebanon's armed forces and their stepped up deployment in the south and at sea.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Friday it is implementing "a gradual return" of the U.N. peacekeeping force to the frontier zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that a key goal in the return of the peacekeeping force, known as UNDOF, is reopening the Quneitra crossing between the two sides.
"The ultimate goal for UNDOF is the full return, conditions permitting," he said.
UN delays troop reduction in Somalia force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted Monday to delay the reduction of troops in the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia from October to February and its target date for Somali forces to take the lead in the country's security to December 2021.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslim nations on Friday condemned Israel and the inauguration of the American embassy in contested Jerusalem as a "provocation and hostility against" the Islamic world, while Turkey's president called for action, including a peacekeeping force.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers will remain in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border for another six months, but the Security Council is trimming the force while encouraging the two nations to resolve their stalemate over the oil-rich area.
UN extends Congo peacekeeping force after a deadly year
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s biggest and costliest peacekeeping force will remain in Congo as it heads toward a long-delayed presidential election, the Security Council decided Tuesday as Congolese expressed concern about the peacekeepers' priorities.
UN threatens to consider arms embargo in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council demanded an immediate end to fighting in South Sudan on Thursday and threatened to consider an arms embargo and sanctions to prevent warring parties from violating a December cease-fire agreement.
A U.S.-drafted resolution, adopted unanimously, also expresses the council's intention to consider sanctions "against those who take actions that undermine the peace, stability, and security of South Sudan."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international coalition advocating for children in conflict zones urged Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday to put government security forces from Israel, Myanmar and Afghanistan on a U.N. blacklist for killings and other violations of children's rights.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body is moving ahead with "certain adjustments" to its force in Cyprus that will make it more effective in fulfilling its mission to keep tensions low on the ethnically-divided island.
UN chief met Sudan’s president who is accused of genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Sudan's president, who is accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court, on the sidelines of the African Union summit on grounds of "operational necessity," the United Nations said Monday.
UN, African Union leaders praise international cooperation
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union urged stronger international cooperation at the opening Sunday of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The Latest: Kosovo assures safety after Serb leader’s death
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local):
Kosovo's Security Council is offering assurances that the country is calm and safe following the slaying of a senior Serb politician.
The council was urgently convened Tuesday to discuss security matters, especially in the country's Serb-dominated north, where Oliver Ivanovic was gunned down earlier in the day.
UN extends Lebanon peacekeeping; US, Israel prompt changes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The longtime U.N. peacekeeping operation in Lebanon was extended Wednesday with new directions to conduct more patrols with Lebanese forces and report when peacekeepers run into roadblocks in Hezbollah strongholds in the country's south.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the plan for the mission known as UNIFIL, extending it another year after a flurry of negotiations over U.S. and Israeli desires to do more to keep Hezbollah from gathering illegal weapons.
Somalia peacekeeping mission gets renewed, with some trims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The African Union's multinational peacekeeping force in Somalia is shrinking slightly by the end of the year as it heads toward planned withdrawal from the country by 2020.
The United Nations Security Council renewed the decade-old mission Wednesday until the end of next May. The renewal makes some changes that reflect efforts to start handing over security responsibilities to Somali forces.
Lebanon rejects any changes to UN peacekeeping mandate
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has called for a U.N. peacekeeping force's mandate to be renewed without changes so that it can continue working to prevent hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.
Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil conveyed Lebanon's position to representatives of the U.N. Security Council's permanent members on Tuesday.
Gunmen attack UN base in Mali, killing 7 and wounding 7
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu on Monday, killing seven people and injuring seven others in what the mission's chief called a "terrorist" attack.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon on Monday to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal arms in the south, which she said "are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists."
Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking "significant improvements" to the U.N. force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Security Council renews a mandate that is due to expire Aug. 31.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two Moroccan peacekeepers have been killed in a southeastern town where another Moroccan was killed Sunday.
A statement says the two peacekeepers were killed by suspected anti-Balaka militia while another peacekeeper was injured. They had been restocking water for the town's humanitarian needs when they were attacked.
BANGASSOU, Central African Republic (AP) — Bullet-riddled roofs line the "boulevard of death" in Central African Republic's southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who enters is seen as an enemy.
The city, spared sectarian bloodshed until May, now has more than 2,000 Muslim residents forced to take refuge at the local cathedral after attacks by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling on the more than 15,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali to help the beleaguered country's military re-establish security across Malian territory.
The resolution adopted Thursday night extends the mandate for the U.N. force until June 30, 2018, and keeps its current ceiling at up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday sharply reducing the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, a move pressed by the United States that will save hundreds of millions of dollars.
The British-drafted resolution will reduce the number of peacekeepers by 44 percent and the number of international police by about 27 percent in the Darfur mission, whose current budget is over $1 billion annually.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force on Lebanon's border with Israel has not seen any violations of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended a war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in 2006, as Israel claims, the U.N. said Friday.
Israel filed a complaint Tuesday with the U.N. Security Council accusing Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — With its flag lowered one final time, Australia on Friday ended 53 years of helping to keep the peace on ethnically divided Cyprus by pulling out its last three police officers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations and the African Union are recommending a 44 percent cut in the number of peacekeeping troops in their joint force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region and a 30 percent reduction in the international police force, a move certain to be welcomed by the United States which is seeking major cuts to the U.N. peacekeeping budget.
ZEMIO, Central African Republic (AP) — No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months. A company of U.N. peacekeepers here ventures no more than three miles (4 kilometers) from their base.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic earlier this month as the bodies arrived home Sunday.
The four were among 12 soldiers Cambodia dispatched to the central African nation in recent months to join U.N. peacekeeping forces.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby U.N. base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said Monday.
More than 1,000 residents had fled their homes and had taken refuge in a mosque; some 1,500 others in a cathedral; and 500 others in a hospital, humanitarian agencies said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration wants to see "proof" from Sudan's government — not more words — that it is making progress toward peace and protecting civilians in its vast and troubled Darfur region.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's U.N. ambassador warned Tuesday against cuts to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo when the country is heading toward elections and facing an upsurge in violence and deteriorating security.
Francois Delattre told reporters that the Security Council "shouldn't play with fire when it comes to such an important issue."
Indiana veteran of Korean War receives honor 62 years later
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana veteran of the Korean War has received an honor for his serve more than six decades after his service.
Germany approves more soldiers for UN mission in Mali
BERLIN (AP) — The German government has approved an expansion of the country's military deployment in Mali, with Berlin sending more helicopters to support the U.N. peacekeeping mission there.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a one-year extension of the mission in Mali. Under the new mandate starting Feb. 1, which requires parliamentary approval, the maximum number of German soldiers in Mali will be raised from 650 to 1,000.
China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan
BEIJING (AP) — China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member U.N. peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.
Once the entire battalion is deployed, they will replace Chinese peacekeepers currently in place, the second battalion to be deployed to South Sudan to protect civilians, U.N. staff and humanitarian workers, conduct patrols and provide security escorts.
New chief says UN needs to be more nimble, less bureaucratic
BEIJING (AP) — The United Nations' incoming secretary-general says he wants the U.N. to be more nimble and less bureaucratic and its peacekeepers to be better trained and respectful of human rights.
Antonio Guterres spoke during a trip to China, which he says could be a peace broker in conflicts around the world.
Guterres told reporters Monday that he wants to make sure the different parts of the U.N. "work for the same purpose" and are subject to independent public evaluation.
South Sudan accepts more UN peacekeepers with no conditions
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government has accepted with "no conditions" an increase in the peacekeeping force in the country as mandated by the U.N. Security Council in August, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Lomuro told the Associated Press Saturday.
"I expect them to arrive at any time. The challenge is now on the U.N. to implement and fulfill their promises," Lomuro said in an interview.
UN calls on Sudan and South Sudan to negotiate over Abyei
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling on Sudan and South Sudan to immediately resume negotiations on the final status of the disputed area of Abyei, saying it constitutes a serious threat to international order.
Kenya accuses UN of targeting general fired in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kenya accused the U. N. secretary-general on Thursday of instigating an investigation of deadly attacks in South Sudan with the "preordained" outcome of blaming the Kenyan commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force, who was fired over events that occurred just three weeks after he assumed the post.
UN chief fires general in South Sudan after harsh report
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan on Tuesday after an independent investigation sharply criticized the military response to deadly attacks in July on a U.N. compound housing 27,000 displaced people.
Suicide bomber attacks UN patrol near Timbuktu, no deaths
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A United Nations official in Mali and the Swedish defense command say a suicide bomber has attacked peacekeepers near Timbuktu, but none were killed.
The Swedish command says soldiers on patrol with the U.N. peacekeeping force were targeted Monday night by the bomber. Sweden has a contingent of 250 in the U.N. mission.