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September 16, 2014
UN officially takes over peacekeeping operations in C. Africa
Bangui, Central African Republic (AFP) Sept 15, 2014
A new UN mission on Monday officially took charge of peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, with the tough task of ending ethnic and religious bloodshed there and helping bring back stability. The 7,600-strong UN force known by its French acronym MINUSCA takes over from a smaller UN Security Council-mandated African deployment, MISCA, which has been stationed in the country since December, alongside 2,000 French soldiers. MINUSCA eventually will be boosted to count 12,000 soldi ... read more

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