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Mali's re-elected Keita sworn in as peacekeeeper wounded

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:08 PM

His re-election comes despite fierce criticism of failures to tackle jihadist violence and ethnic tensions that have rocked the poor Sahel state

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:36 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the UN response to allegations of misbehavior by peacekeepers and UN personnel whose mission is to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones

MINUSCA. A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, June 20 2014. File photo by Catianne Tijerina/UN UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) 5 other soldiers are seriously wounded after their vehicle hit an explosive device

UN calls on South Sudan to stop impeding its peacekeepers

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Egypt s envoy to the world body Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta says that UN Security Council members have also asked all parties to the conflict to put a halt to offensive operations

Under U.S. pressure, UN agrees deep cuts to peacekeeping

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:45 AM

The United States the biggest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping had sought a nearly 1 billion cut to the bill and the European Union had also pushed for savings

ON MISSION. In this file photo, Irish members from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit in an armored personnel carrier as they maneuver, near the border of Syrian territory, close to the town of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Bodies of two UN experts found in DR Congo as violence spirals

Mar 29, 2017 - 9:13 AM

The bodies of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan are found as the UN Security Council prepares for a vote on extending its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

CONGO PEACEKEEPING. In this file photo, an armored personnel carrier drives past the wreckage of a UN vehicle that was hit the previous year in an ambush by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel militia near Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 2014. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

U.S. envoy eyes cuts to UN peacekeeping

Feb 05, 2017 - 4:06 PM

During one on one meetings with Security Council ambassadors this week the new US envoy raised peacekeeping as a priority for cuts zeroing in on the UN s flagship enterprise

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

UN demands South Sudan cooperate on regional force

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:37 AM

The UN Security Council urges South Sudan s government to take immediate steps to allow a new regional force to deploy in Juba as it weighs imposing an arms embargo

The UNPOL and Military components of the UNMISS conduct a sweep for weapons and contraband in the Protection of Civilian site 3 neighboring the UN base, Jebel area, Juba. UN Photo

South Sudan leader agrees to extra UN peacekeepers

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:46 AM

South Sudan s President Salva Kiir agrees to the deployment of a regional protection force to beef up the UN s large UN peacekeeping mission

In this file photo, peacekeepers and UN police officers (UNPOL) with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conduct a search for weapons and contraband in Protection of Civilans (POC) Site III, near the Jebel area of Juba, July 19, 2016. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

UN launches probe of South Sudan violence

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:14 AM

The United Nations launches a probe of a hotel attack in South Sudan in which soldiers raped women and assaulted aid workers while UN peacekeepers allegedly failed to act

Peacekeepers of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) patrol the area around the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel in Juba, South Sudan, July 15, 2016. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

5 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

May 30, 2016 - 12:04 AM

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali condemns the attack as an odious act of terror

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

UN, France vow zero impunity in C. Africa sex abuse scandal

Apr 02, 2016 - 12:20 PM

We cannot – and I cannot – accept the slightest stain on the reputation of our armed forces or of France says French President Francois Hollande

FRENCH FORCES. In this file photo, French President Francois Hollande (2-R), French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) inspect arms confiscated from ex-Seleka rebels and Anti-balaka militia by the French military of operation Sangaris at a French military base in Bangui in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 28, 2014 File photo by Sia Kambou/EPA

UN mission in Central Africa hit by new sex allegations

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:13 PM

The conjunction of soldiers war and poverty in Central African Republic has led to a horrendous number of sexual assaults

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. Photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

UN adopts measure to tackle sex abuse by peacekeepers

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The measure allows UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon to bar a country from peacekeeping if it fails to take action against soldiers who face credible allegations

UN RESOLUTION. The UN Security Council has approved a measure that addresses the rise in troubling allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers deployed worldwide to protect civilians in conflict. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

UN report: Peacekeepers from 21 nations accused of sexual abuse

Mar 04, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Two UN missions account for the majority of claims: the MINUSCA force in the Central African Republic and MINUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo but there are also cases in Ivory Coast and Mali

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers patrol the streets as Malians vote for the country's next president in Timbuktu, Mali, 28 July 28, 2013. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA

6 UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The latest attacks highlight the vulnerability of Mali s sprawling arid north where UN troops and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis – UN

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas – is already suffering from chronic instability and struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake

HAITI'S POOR. In this file photo, a family prepares food in a shanty house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January  12, 2015. Jean Jacques Augustin/EPA

UN probes deadly shooting of peacekeepers in C. Africa

Aug 09, 2015 - 9:59 PM

The Rwandan defense ministry points to terrorism as the possible motive for the rampage

A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, 20 June 2014. Catianne Tijerina/UN Photo

Integrating a gender perspective in UN peace support operations

Jun 15, 2015 - 10:43 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Integrating women in peace operations is not only to mainstream gender equality in operations but has a greater meaning in terms of safeguarding international peace and stability

Nepalese UN Peacekeepers visit an orphanage in Kenscoff, Haiti, with medical supplies, September 8, 2009, Kenscoff, Haiti. Logan Abassi/UN Photo

Peacekeeping in a volatile environment

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:57 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The Philippines in Golan Heights and beyond: Hostile environments make it difficult to guarantee the safety and respect for peacekeepers

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

Israel admits its fire killed Spanish UN peacekeeper in Lebanon

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED Israeli security sources acknowledge that the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Lebanon fighting in January was caused by Israeli fire

PATROL. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015. Stringer / EPA

Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack – Israel

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Those behind today s attack will pay the full price Netanyahu s office quoted him as saying at a meeting with Israeli s top security brass Wednesday evening

CAUTION. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015.  Stringer/EPA

Is Ona on his way out?

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Enrique Ona expects to meet President Benigno Aquino III on the last day of his month long leave Whether he will be asked to stay on will depend on the President

GREEN LIGHT. Health Secretary Enrique Ona says they are ready as advocates anticipate the full implementation of the Reproductive Health law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Last batch of PH peacekeepers from Liberia now home

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The peacekeepers are undergoing a 3 week quarantine at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center

QUARANTINED. Four peacekeepers are staying in the AFP Medical Center for a 3-week precautionary quarantine. File photo from the AFP Medical Center website.

Garin open to visiting quarantined soldiers again

Nov 24, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin says the clamor on her visit was an opportunity to clear some of the misconceptions on the deadly Ebola disease

CONTROVERSY: Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin and Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr visit troops from Liberia. Photo from AFP-PAO

Q&A: UN deputy chief on Haiyan, ISIS and blue helmets

Nov 23, 2014 - 10:22 AM

The UN s number two diplomat talks about the global implications of problems the Philippines faces like disaster risk reduction terrorism and peacekeeping

After kidnappings, UN to focus on peacekeepers’ safety

Nov 22, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The UN s deputy secretary general tells Rappler the Philippines concern about the safety of peacekeepers will be a priority in the review of peace operations

UN peacekeepers facing 'complex challenges'

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Rarely have the much vaunted blue helmets been under such strain prompting a push at the UN to rethink peacekeeping as the world struggles with a record number of crises

Peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during celebrations commemorating United Nations Day (24 October), in Juba, South Sudan, 24 October 2014. JC McIlwaine/UN Photo

DOH to quarantine OFWs from Ebola-hit countries

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:37 PM

Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin says the mandatory quarantine will protect OFWs from stigma and will assure Filipinos that DOH is bent on maintaining the country’s Ebola free status

PH peacekeeper will still complete Ebola quarantine – DOH

Nov 16, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Despite testing negative for Ebola the malaria stricken UN peacekeeper is required to complete the 21 day quarantine on Caballo Island

HOME. UN Peacekeepers from Liberia arrive at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base on November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of PH Air Force

PH peacekeeper negative for Ebola, positive for malaria

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:22 PM

The Philippine peacekeeper part of the contingent that arrived from Liberia on November 12 will remain at the RITM for treatment for malaria

HOME. UN Peacekeepers from Liberia arrive at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base on November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of PH Air Force

UN: PH peacekeepers in Liberia test negative for Ebola

Nov 09, 2014 - 8:47 AM

The Filipino peacekeepers are coming home on Tuesday November 11 and will be quarantined for 21 days in Caballo Island located at the mouth of Manila Bay

'PARADISE ISLAND': The Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia will be quarantined in Caballo Island. Photo from AFP-PAO

PH: Kidnapping peacekeepers unacceptable

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Philippines cites the kidnapping of peacekeepers and health issues like Ebola as top issues that must be reviewed in UN peacekeeping

UN sets up panel to rethink peacekeeping

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:49 AM

The panel will assess the UN s 16 peace operations and look at the needs of the future from changing warfare to administrative arrangements of missions and the protection of civilians

RETHINKING PEACEKEEPING. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon appoints a panel that will undertake the first major review of peace operations in 15 years. File photo by Mark Garten/UN

Ramos-Horta to lead review of UN peacekeeping

Nov 01, 2014 - 1:46 AM

The UN says the independent review of peace operations will include the issues that the Philippines raised after the controversial siege of its peacekeepers

POEA stops OFWs from returning to Ebola-hit countries

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:51 PM

The suspension comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs announced its plan to raise alert level 3 over Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone by mid November

EBOLA-FREE PH. Health Secretary Enrique Ona talks about the department's efforts to prevent the entry of Ebola in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Cristino

RITM doctors on fear of Ebola: Call of duty comes first

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:47 AM

About 400 health workers worldwide have so far contracted the Ebola and more than 230 have died But PH health workers say they won t focus on fear

CALL OF DUTY. Dr Mark Pasayan of RITM explains the triage area of the hospital for possible Ebola and MERS-CoV patients. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Senate to probe PH's Ebola preparations

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:47 PM

The Senate will look into how government agencies are synchronizing their efforts to keep the Philippines Ebola free

RESERVED. A nurse wearing a protective suit stands in front of the door of the isolation room reserved for possible Ebola cases in the country inside the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WHO: PH is systematic, meticulous about Ebola

Oct 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM

RITM can accommodate up to 14 patients with Ebola in 7 negative pressure rooms 2 intensive care units and 3 wards

PROTECTION. Health workers demonstrate how to put on a personal protective equipment worn when treating Ebola patients. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Will UN troops return to Syrian Golan?

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:31 AM

The President of the UN Security Council says the return of UN peacekeepers to the Syrian side of the Golan is still uncertain after rebels overran their camps

NOTHING FINAL. María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of October, says there's nothing definite about peacekeepers' return to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. File UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Philippines to start training health workers for Ebola

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED Weekly trainings will be given by experts in infectious diseases and Ebola

TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS. World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall speaks during a press conference on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at the Department of Health (DOH) office in Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2014. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

PH not sending health workers to Ebola zone

Oct 16, 2014 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED Health spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says the country will for now focus on preparing against the virus

GLOBAL CALLS FOR HELP. A Liberian ambulance team transport the 70-year old Francis Konneh, a suspected Ebola patient from the township of West point in Monrovia, Liberia, 15 October 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Strengthen PH defense vs Ebola first – doctors' group

Oct 15, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Philippine College of Physicians says the country must start preparing its health workers and health facilities for Ebola cases

Did the UN pay ransom for Fijian peacekeepers?

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:33 AM

The UN reiterates it did not pay ransom for the release of Fijian peacekeepers after Israeli TV aired a report supposedly showing the transaction

PH military chief thanks UN commander for 'brave' remark

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM

All s well that ends well says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

'THANK YOU:' Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr welcomes the new statement of a United Nations commander calling Filipino peacekeepers 'brave.' Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Golan chief now calls PH peacekeepers ‘brave’

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:44 AM

India s Lieutenant General Singha says The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation and exhibited raw courage resilience and patience

UN hit by another deadly attack in Mali, vows to boost defenses

Oct 08, 2014 - 11:47 AM

This is no longer in the context of maintaining peace says Herve Ladsous the UN s head of peacekeeping operations as he announces deployments of drones and armored vehicles

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) holds a memorial ceremony 7 Oct 2014 for 9 Nigerien peacekeepers of the Mission who were killed in a targeted ambush against a MINUSMA convoy on the road between Ansongo and Menaka, Mali, on 3 October 2014. Bamako, Mali / Marco Dormino/UN Photo

UN to Aquino: We 'improved' troop weapons

Oct 02, 2014 - 2:23 AM

The UN responds to President Aquino s criticism but remains non committal on calls to review the supposed impossible or unclear mandate in the Golan Heights

Cowards? 'PH peacekeepers served with honor'

Sep 30, 2014 - 6:51 AM

In the face of grave danger Filipino peacekeepers have bravely helped to safeguard world peace Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario tells the UN

'BRAVE, PROFESSIONAL.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario praises Filipino peacekeepers as he addresses the UN after the controversy involving Filipino blue helmets in the Golan Heights. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Modi: Developed nations must fulfill climate pledges

Sep 28, 2014 - 2:03 AM

The developed countries have to fulfill their promise for funding and technology transfer says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN General Assembly