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West Africa: ‘Enhancing Women’s Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa’ | allAfrica.com

As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security, a two-day regional dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing Women’s Leadership in Peace and Security in West Africa’ ended today in Monrovia. About 70 women leaders representing women’s organizations and networks, UN peacekeeping and peace building missions in West Africa, UN ...

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U.N. Security Council extends Somalia peacekeeping force | Reuters

(Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council extended an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia for four months on Wednesday as it mulls lifting an arms embargo and Uganda threatens to pull out troops over claims it is aiding rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo. The African Union has appealed to the 15-member council to review its arms embargo to help ...

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Mali Islamists ready for peace talks | Telegraph

Armies from neighbouring West African states, logistically supported by Britain and France, are preparing an offensive against Ansar Dine, which is allied to al-Qaeda’s north African branch. The threat of that battle appears to have pushed the group towards discussions with the administration in Bamako, the capital, and a promise of a stop to the conflict. For more on this ...

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Gambia: Let Peace Flourish | allAfrica.com

Editorial The existence of peace in this planet stretches far beyond the absence of war and other unspecified physical might and strengths. Peace in the world begins right in our hearts, to the homes or family, national and international level. To achieve the ideals of sustainable peace, progress and prosperity in the world, people have to inculcate the spirit and ...

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South Sudan expels UN human rights worker | guardian.co.uk

South Sudan has expelled a UN human rights investigator, accusing her of writing false reports, a move that the UN mission said breached the country’s legal obligations to the United Nations. UN sources, who named the officer as Sandra Beidas, said the expulsion may have been related to an August report accusing the army of torturing, raping, killing and abducting ...

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As peace expands, Somalia gov’t asks U.N. to let it import weapons for military | The Washington Post

NAIROBI, Kenya — Should Somalia’s fledgling government be allowed to import weapons to arm its nascent military? With areas under government control increasing and the threat from al-Shabab militants decreasing, that’s the question being put to the U.N. Security Council. The African Union this week appealed to the council to allow arms and other military equipment into the country to ...

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Inspiring young Ivorians to swap amo for footballs | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

It’s been over a year since the post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast, but thousands of ex-combatants still hold onto weapons and ammunition. Tired of waiting for various disarmament operations to unburden their compatriots, some young Ivoirians have gotten the ball rolling themselves – on the football field. Two Sundays ago saw the official kick-off of Football for Peace. By Marius ...

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Politics of War Crimes Trials Under Spotlight | Inter Press Service

Ten years after the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in The Hague, the United Nations Security Council held its first open discussion on the role of the court, with some nations reiterating complaints that its docket is highly politicised and has unfairly singled out African nations for censure. The ICC is the only permanent international court with a mandate to prosecute individuals accused of the most heinous crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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Mo Ibrahim on Rwanda, DRC and African governance – video | guardian.co.uk

The billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim talks about Rwanda and its troubled relationship with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tackling gender issues in Africa, and his pessimism for the future of Sudan and South Sudan. He also explains why last month his organisation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, awarded the former archbishop Desmond Tutu a special prize To watch this video, ...

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‘Cry for Peace – Voices From the Congo,’ at La MaMa | NYTimes.com

There’s a multipage chronology of Congolese history spanning the 1200s to the present day in the program for “Cry for Peace: Voices From the Congo.” Onstage a large screen offers detailed maps and dates about the Democratic Republic of Congo and its dismal past. Yet amid all the data about colonization, borders and conflicts, one moment late in this 80-minute ...

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