World Bulletin/News Desk
Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in Ivory Coast on Friday while on patrol near the border with neighboring Liberia, the U.N. mission said.
"According to the provisional death toll, seven blue helmets were killed in an ambush ... seven blue helmets from Niger," said Sylvie van den Wildenberg, spokewoman for the mission known by its acronym UNOCI.
It was not immediately clear who attacked the U.N. troops or if any Ivorian troops they were patrolling with were harmed.
The world's top cocoa grower is gradually recovering from months of violence last year that followed a 2010 election.
The vote was won by Alssane Ouattara but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede until defeated by French and U.N.-backed local forces who supported Ouattara.
New York-based Human Rights Watch warned earlier this week that Liberian mercenaries and Ivorian fighters who fought on behalf of Gbagbo in the brief civil war last year were launching attacks on Ivory Coast from Liberia.
Van den Wildenberg said the mission had only recently increased its presence in the area, near the towns of Para and Tai, to boost efforts to protect civilians. The troops came under attack just a few kilometres from the border with Liberia.
Forty people have been killed in the surrounding villages in four cross-border raids since last July, according to HRW.
A police major said they had retaken the town of Husaiba al-Sharqiya, about 10 km east of Ramadi
The Greek interior minister said on Sunday, Greece will not make June IMF repayment
1 civilian has been killed and 2 wounded in shelling of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine, the head of Donetsk regional police Vyacheslav Abroskin said in a Facebook post.
On May 16, Morsi and more than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death by Cairo court.
On Thursday, one worker was killed and two wounded in what Metinvest described as the heaviest shelling of the plant since the declaration of a Ukraine ceasefire
Seven years after declaring its independence from Serbia, Kosovo was granted full SEECP parliamentary assembly membership
Russian and foreign producers presented halal products during three-day expo.
Gunmen stopped the car of lawmakers, Abdullah Boss, and Youssef Ahmed Drar, and opened fire on it, leaving Youssef injured along with three bodyguards.
A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard was shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday
Nigeria have freed 20 women and children from the Boko Haram hideouts in the Sambisa Forest.
The Burundi National Security Council has called for all protests to cease.
19 Malian soldiers have been captured by opposition soldiers in Mali.
The leaders of Turkish and Greek communities have put aside peace negotiations toured Lefkosa.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that today they were on the last stretch of negotiations that will release 7.2bn euro's to prevent bankruptcy
Anti-drug officers have raided the house of Kashamu Buruji, wanted by the US for drug related offenses.
The Congress of Journalists of the Turkic World will meet in Russia on May 26.