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The UN Peacekeepers Rape Scandal Gets Worse

UN peace keepers sex scandalOne night last August as the Central African Republic was gripped by a conflict between Christian and Muslim groups, United Nations peacekeeping troops descended on an enclave in search of a suspect. One of the peacekeepers is accused of taking a 12-year-old girl behind a truck and raping her.

“When I cried, he slapped me hard and put his hand over my mouth,” the girl told Amnesty International.

It was hardly the only act of brutality by peacekeepers in the world’s poorest nations. There were 99 allegations of sexual abuse against UN staff last year, a 25 percent increase over 2014, affecting peacekeeping operations in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mali and Sudan.

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Boko Haram kills 18 women at a funeral in Nigeria

Boko Haram kills 18 women at funeralBoko Haram fighters have killed at least 18 people at a funeral in northeast Nigeria, a witness and a police official have said.

The attackers shot at mourners and set houses on fire after arriving on motorbikes in the village of Kuda near Madagali town of Adamawa state on Thursday evening, witnesses said.

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Jo Cox, British MP, dead after shooting attack

Jo CoxAn MP has died after she was shot and stabbed in a "horrific" assault in her constituency, police have said.

Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire. A man was arrested nearby.

One eyewitness told the BBC they heard her attacker shout "put Britain first" at least twice beforehand.

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UAE declares end of Yemen war for Emirati troops

UAE ends participation in YemenThe United Arab Emirates says the "war is over" for its troops in Yemen, though it may continue to keep them there for "counterterrorism operations".

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's crown prince and supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, carried the announcement on his official Twitter account late on Wednesday.

He was quoting Anwar Gargash, UAE's junior minister for foreign affairs, who had given a speech saying the "war is over for our troops".

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Egypt: Black box of crashed plane found, pulled out of sea

Black box found from Egypt Air planeEgypt's investigation committee says the cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane has been found and pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea.

The committee says the so-called black box has been damaged but that the vessel searching for the wreckage has managed to safely pull the "memory unit which is the most important in the recorder."

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Here’s What Happened When A Terrorist Attacked LGBT People In A Country With Strict Gun Laws

Israel and gay attackLike Florida shooter Omar Mateen, Yishai Schlissel was a homophobic extremist determined to kill gay people. But Schlissel, unlike Mateen, lived in a country with strict gun laws: Israel. When Schlissel attacked a gay pride parade in Jerusalem a year ago, he was armed with a knife, not an assault rifle.

He stabbed six people, killing a 16-year-old girl before he was apprehended. Mateen used a semiautomatic assault-style rifle to shoot more than 100 people in a Florida gay nightclub early Sunday, killing 49, before law enforcement officers shot him to death.

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Police officer, woman killed, child rescued after stabbing in Paris suburb

Paris officer and wife killedA senior French police officer and his female companion were killed following an attack Monday evening by a knife-wielding man in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said. The attacker was also killed in the ensuing confrontation with police, while a 3-year-old boy was rescued by officers.

Daesh’s Amaq news agency cited an unnamed “source” as saying a Daesh fighter carried out the attack, but the extremist jihadist group has not officially claimed responsibility for the attack.

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