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Rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out mass rapes in the eastern part of the country in July and August Now UN-backed Congolese "peacekeeping" troops are being accused of murdering and raping villagers in the same area So who are the good guys, again?.

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Gruesome details are emerging from the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor (above, right), the former president of Liberia. The leader of one of Taylor's death squads has testified that the president ordered his militias to cannibalize their enemies, including African and U.N. peacekeepers.

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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.

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Six U.N. peacekeepers from the Spanish army were killed Sunday when their vehicle was attacked with an explosive device. Condoleezza Rice, her French and Spanish counterparts and even Hezbollah have all condemned the attack. No one has claimed responsibility. Tensions have been high in Lebanon with Lebanese forces battling an extremist militant group for over a month.

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Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has told the Sudanese government it must either cooperate with a UN peacekeeping plan or face sanctions However, the US has agreed to give U Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon time to work with Khartoum before pressing the issue.

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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.

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