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UN Strengthens DR Congo Force

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to keep its peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo for another year. It has also agreed to increase the number of troops, observers and political officers by 2,100, taking the total number to 10,800. The Security Council also gave peacekeepers a stronger mandate. They had been allowed to defend themselves and UN facilities but now they will also be able to protect civilians and humanitarian workers who are under imminent threat of physical violence. A French-led force has been trying to quell massacres in the Ituri region but it is due to leave in September. The humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Friday accused the UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the civilian population in the Ituri region. Full Story

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