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Report: UN troops abandoned civilians in South Sudan

South Sudan | Investigation blames peacekeepers for failing to act when warring factions attacked aid worker compound
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/02/16, 11:02 am

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday fired the United Nations mission commander in South Sudan after an independent inquiry confirmed peacekeeping forces failed to respond to deadly attacks on civilians and aid workers within a few miles of its headquarters. The investigation called on the UN to be proactive in handling cases of peacekeeper abuse and inaction.

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Syria’s band of brothers

Syria | Meet the volunteer group working to save lives in war-torn Aleppo
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/17/16, 12:47 pm

Two months ago, a photo of 4-year-old Omran Daqneesh, dust covered and bleeding in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo, conjured a burst of sympathy from the West for the victims of the Syrian civil war. Since then, Russia and the Syrian regime have increased their air war on opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, creating new Omrans every day. 

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Colombian president wins Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize | President Juan Manuel Santos is lauded for his efforts even though peace is not final
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/07/16, 11:35 am

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize today for his efforts to end a five-decade civil war with rebels in his country. Though Santos originally seemed a shoo-in for the award, many observers thought him out of the running after a national referendum on the peace deal failed Sunday.

In announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the referendum’s defeat did not negate the meaningful work Santos did to get to this point.

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