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U.N.'s Ban: Central African Republic war not about religion

UNITED NATIONS, March 14 (UPI) -- Religious divisions in the Central African Republic are being exploited for political purposes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

ICRC staffer killed in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 13 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said Thursday a volunteer was killed in Central African Republic.

ICRC staff member killed in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 10 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was outraged by the slaying of one of its staff members in the Central African Republic.
Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

CAIRO, March 7 (UPI) -- Several Middle Eastern countries have banned the upcoming epic "Noah," and more countries are expected to follow.
Annie Martin

Abuses continuing in Central African Republic, ICRC says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 7 (UPI) -- Even though the capital is calm, people elsewhere in the Central African Republic are living in fear, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday.

U.N.: Muslims under 'constant threat' in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A U.N. humanitarian coordinator said it was difficult to find safe haven for members of the minority Muslim population in the Central African Republic.

China charges Beijing scholar with fomenting separatism

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Ilham Tohti, a scholar and champion of China's Uighur ethnic minority, was arrested in China on charges of fomenting separatism, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Israel strikes reputed arms shipment for Hezbollah

BAALBEK, Lebanon, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli warplanes struck a reputed arms shipment near the Lebanon-Syria border that was going to Hezbollah militants, Lebanese and other Arab media reported.

African force defends security role in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An African peacekeeping force in Central African Republic said it was working to ensure members of the minority Muslim population are protected.

U.N.'s Pillay blames Christians for CAR violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday it was a Christian militia that was behind recent atrocities in Central African Republic.
Commentary: Pakistan showdown

Commentary: Pakistan showdown

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Far more dangerous than the Syrian civil war to the West is the upheaval in nuclear-armed Pakistan and its effect on the Afghan war.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

France sending more troops to the Central African Republic

PARIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The French government said Friday it was sending another 400 troops to Central African Republic to help ensure the nation's stability.

Insurgents attack army post outside Mosul, kill 15 Iraqi troops

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Iraqi soldiers, some of whom were shot, hanged or beheaded, died Tuesday when insurgents attacked a military installation in Nineveh province, officials said.

Turkey concerned by Iraqi violence

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Turkey's "most sincere desire" is for a sense of peace and stability to return to Iraq.

Chad helping Seleka in CAR, Human Rights Watch says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there were signs peacekeepers from Chad were helping Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic regroup.

Suicide bomber kills nine people in Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- At least nine people died and up to 50 more were injured in a suicide bomb attack near a hotel restaurant in Pakistan's violence-plagued Peshawar, police said.

Lebanon pols battle over energy ministry to control gasfields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.

EU offers aid to back peace mission in CAR

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced Friday new aid to support operations of a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic.

Central African Republic's cycle of violence needs to end, U.S. says

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said justice may be the best way to end the cycle of violence in the Central African Republic.

Mosque explosion in Pakistan kills at least 8

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- At least eight people died and dozens more were injured in an explosion in a mosque in northwest Pakistan, authorities said.

Assad calls Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Muslim tradition a threat

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad warned Wednesday against Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology, Syrian state television reported.

Syria war boost jihadist threat in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Syria's increasingly sectarian civil war has given impetus to the rapid growth of Sunni Muslim jihadists in Lebanon, a powder keg of sectarian passions, emboldening them to extend their reach by attacking the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah with deadly force on its home ground for the first time.

McCain says Maliki needs to 'reach out' to Iraq's Sunnis

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain said Sunday Iraq's prime minister would have to reach out to his rivals if he wanted to improve the country's security situation.

Lebanese troops arrest militant leader in Iranian Embassy bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The head of an al-Qaida-linked group taking responsibility for November's bombing at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut has been arrested, a Lebanese official said.

U.N.: Abuses committed in CAR on religious grounds

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Friday "serious" human rights abuses have been committed in CAR.
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