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19 May 2018 4:01 PM Fastest climber of 7 summits returns safely from Everest

Kathmandu - The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents has returned safely from Mount Everest. Steve Plain said on Saturday that he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family. The 36-year-old Plain, from Perth, scaled Mount Everest earlier 16

18 May 2018 4:57 PM UN halts Sudan refugee resettlement after alleged fraud

The UN refugee agency said on Thursday it is temporarily suspending its programme for the resettlement of refugees from Sudan after allegations of fraud emerged in the scheme. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, said it had launched two investigations in February and March as the allegations of fraud surfaced. "At present we are still dealing 19

17 May 2018 7:30 PM 2 UN peacekeepers freed in DRC's southeast

An official in Democratic Republic of Congo says two United Nations peacekeepers have been released after being held by rebels in the country's southeast. Tanganyika province vice-governor Ali Omar Simukinje told The Associated Press on Thursday that the peacekeepers from Benin had been held by the Mai Mai militia and were freed on Wednesday. UN DRC mission 20

07 May 2018 8:57 PM UN says Afghan air raid in April killed 30 children

The UN mission to Afghanistan says 30 children were among those killed in an Afghan air raid last month that officials said targeted insurgents. The UN released a report on Monday saying that a total of 36 people were killed in the April 2 attack, which it said targeted a religious ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in the Dashti Archi district 25

04 May 2018 4:01 AM 17 killed by ISIS-linked extremists in Mali's northeast

A Tuareg leader says extremists linked to the Islamic State group in Mali have killed at least 17 people in two communities in the West African nation's Menaka region. Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, secretary-general for the Tuareg self-defense group, says the attacks by Islamic State in the Greater Sahara occurred in Tindinbawen and Taylalene. Violence has been increasing 27

01 May 2018 5:39 PM 6 dead in new fighting in Central African Republic's capital

The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres says six people are dead and more than 50 others are wounded after fighting resumed in Central African Republic's capital. The group says the wounded sustained gunshot wounds during Tuesday's violence in the PK5 and Fatima neighbourhoods. Anne-Marie Boyeldieu, the head of the aid group's mission in Central African 32

27 April 2018 6:26 PM Thousands of women protest rebel killings in eastern DRC

Thousands of women are demonstrating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni, calling on the army and United Nations peacekeepers to stop deadly rebel attacks in the region. Colonel Richard Kazingufu, commander of Beni's police, says about 10 000 women marched peacefully on Friday, a larger crowd than the day before. He says the women 39

27 April 2018 5:10 PM Fresh clashes in South Sudan 'devastating' for civilians: UN

A new surge in violence in South Sudan's civil war is having "devastating impact" on thousands of people ahead of peace talks that are now set to resume next month, the United Nations said on Friday. The UN statement reported gunfire overnight near a temporary peacekeeping base in Leer where 600 civilians have sought shelter in recent days. "More than 30 humanitarian 53

26 April 2018 7:20 PM Mattis says military addressing issues found in Niger attack

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says the military is already addressing problems brought to light after the Niger (nee-ZHEHR') attack last year that killed four American service members. Mattis says the military has identified the crux of the problem, and he says it's not a delegation of authority issue. He tells Congress that the Trump administration will keeping 49

06 April 2018 6:24 AM Two peacekeepers dead, 10 wounded in Mali attack: UN

Two UN peacekeepers were killed and 10 others wounded on Thursday night during an attack on their camp in northeastern Mali, the UN's mission there said in a statement. "At 18.45 (1845 GMT) the peacekeepers came under mortar fire," the mission, known by its acronym MINUSMA, said in the statement. "According to an initial assessment, two peacekeepers 109