UN peacekeepers taken hostage in Syria

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Syrian rebels fighting in the Golan Heights have taken 21 hostages, United Nations peacekeeping unit whose convoy was stopped and held at a checkpoint, according to the Filipino government and the UN  in New York. A week earlier a soldier from the Undof (UN Disengagement Observer Force) peacekeepers went missing in the […]

French Mali offensive moves on to Timbuktu

African Union considers sending more troops, US to provide air refueling GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The French offensive against Islamists in Mali is focusing on securing the main cities: Goa in the north was under French-led troops by Sunday morning 27 January, the largest of six cities seized by the French-Malian forces, and the fight was […]

Rwandan border area pulled into DRC conflict

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rwanda says it is exercising restraint for now, after two people were killed and several others injured by fire from DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) government troops. The injured include a woman and her two children who are still in hospital, according to allAfrica/The New Times. The New York Times reports fears […]

Journalist freed by Colombian rebels returning to France

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  A French reporter released Wednesday 30 May by Colombian rebels who had captured him one month ago, is expected to return Thursday to France. Romeo Langlois, a reporter for the France24 network and for Le Figaro, was released to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after fighters from the Revolutionary Armed […]

Charles Taylor convicted of 11 war crimes

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Former president of Liberia first head of state indicted, tried and convicted in an int’l court GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, was convicted in The Hague Thursday 26 April on 11 counts of war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The court’s statement noted that the 11-count indictment alleged […]

Mali kidnap victim released to Swiss gov’t officials

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss woman kidnapped last week in Timbukto, Mali was released “into the custody of a representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) by the group holding her,” Bern announced Tuesday evening 24 April. She has been taken to a safe place and is “is reported to be in good […]

Refugee group points to new Mali crisis, N Koreans held by China

$35.6 million needed for 85,000 refugees fleeing Mali fighting GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fighting that flared up in northern Mali 17 January continues and is causing an exodus of refugees, the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) said Friday 24 February in an appeal for funds. It is seeking $36.5 million to cover emergency expenses to […]

Qaddafi regime toppling, but fighting rages on

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two of the sons of Muammar Qadaffi are under arrest as rebels take over the city of Tripoli, in Libya Monday 22 August. But the man who led the country for more than 40 years has not yet been found and fighting rages on Monday morning around the Qadaffi compound in the […]

Qaddafi, defiant, urges fight as rebels try to isolate Tripoli

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Muammar Qaddafi, in an audio recording Monday 15 August, urged his countrymen to fight against Nato and the rebels who have launched a two-prong attack that could isolate Tripoli. This is the elder Qaddafi’s first live broadcast in several months. Al Jazeera reports that fighting has been heavy. “Opposition fighters fought for […]

US-Libya meeting not really “talks” says Clinton

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A face-to-face meeting between US government officials and representatives of Muammar Qaddafi’s Libyan regime did not constitute “talks” and there were no negotiations, according to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday 19. Rather, the US met with Qaddafi envoys to state that the US has now recognized the rebels fighting Qaddafi […]