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UN member states pledge 30,000 more peacekeepers after US push

Washington’s push to make UN peacekeeping more forceful won pledges of more than 30,000 soldiers and police at a summit chaired by President Obama on Monday. But it also drew a warning from China against the misuse of security council peacekeeping mandates by countries pursuing their own agenda.<p>A …

Africa

Taliban capture key Afghan provincial capital Kunduz

The Taliban have captured Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, taking government buildings and the city’s central prison in one of the biggest military victories for the movement since 2001. It is the most serious invasion of a provincial capital in 14 years.<p>The Taliban entered the city during an early …

Afghanistan

Hundreds break out of main jail in Central African Republic

Hundreds of prisoners have escaped from the main jail in Central African Republic’s capital, said a senior security source, in a city where about 30 people have been killed over three days in the worst violence this year.<p>“There is no one in the prison,” said a senior gendarmerie source, referring …

Africa

Obama and Putin spar at the UN – but do body blows count on absentee targets?

The UN general assembly is nothing if it is not theatre – the annual opportunity of the leaders of 160 nations to have their moment on the world’s stage, literally. Every three years, like clockwork, one of them decides to throw convention to the winds and have the diplomatic equivalent of a hissy …

Russia

The British Islamic State members facing UN sanctions – profiles

Sally-Anne Jones<p>Sally-Anne Jones travelled from Kent to Syria in 2013 to join her husband and fellow Briton Junaid Hussain. Hussain was killed in a targeted US drone attack in late August. He was understood to be plotting attacks on UK soil and attempted to recruit at least one undercover reporter …

Great Britain

Four Britons fighting with Islamic State sanctioned by UN

Four British citizens fighting with Islamic State militants in Syria are to be subject to UN sanctions in the first such move in a decade, Downing Street has said.<p>The UK government took the drastic step of asking for some of its own nationals to face UN travel bans and asset freezes, amid …

Middle East

Russian leader more conciliatory after speeches in which he applauds Assad regime while Barack Obama condemns ‘might makes right’ doctrine<p>Vladimir Putin emerged from a rare face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama on Monday night, saying Russia and the US could find a way to work together on Syria, …

Middle East