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African Summit on Somalia Kicks Off

Jul 25, 2010
African leaders from 53 countries began meeting Sunday in Uganda for an African Union summit about the recent attacks by Al-Shabab fighters. Those attacks, which killed at least 74 people earlier this month, were said to be a reaction to the killing of several Somalians by African Union peacekeepers.
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Darfur Town Razed, U.N. Says

Oct 8, 2007
United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been "completely burned down, except for a few buildings." The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.

U.N. Approves Peacekeepers for Darfur

Aug 1, 2007
The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the world's largest peacekeeping force, with as many as 26,000 troops and police officers, to take over operations in Darfur The joint effort between the U and the African Union will have the necessary mandate to defend civilians and aid workers, but it remains unclear how quickly the force can be deployed.

Can Drag Queens and Hired Guns Save Darfur?

Jun 28, 2007
Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle -- without the necessary funds or mandate -- to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

Sudan Signals Acceptance of U.N. Peacekeepers

Apr 17, 2007
The Sudanese government has indicated to the United Nations Security Council that it will allow a second phase of UN peacekeepers to deploy, retreating from the long-held position that such a force would compromise its sovereignty However, Khartoum has a history of reneging on promises to the U.

U.N. Pledges Revitalized Darfur Effort

Jan 6, 2007
The United Nations has begun a renewed effort to address the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised to give the crisis his full attention, though many world leaders have made similar commitments to no avail.