The U.S. and the United Nations are preparing to make more peacekeeping troops available for the growing conflict in South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir opened the door to talks with his deposed vice president.
Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to refer allegations of war crimes in Syria’s civil war to the International Criminal Court, underscoring the UN’s inability to halt atrocities or resolve the three-year conflict.
M23 rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo gained ground on government forces as fighting reached the outskirts of a provincial capital in a fight for control of the resource-rich region.
Ukraine sent armored vehicles and artillery to retake Slovyansk, a separatist stronghold, as President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel set a May 25 trigger for possible economic sanctions against Russia.
A no-fly zone over Libya can’t be quickly authorized by the United Nations Security Council unless the air forces and strategy for enforcing it are clearly defined, Russia’s ambassador to the world body said.