UN ‘should have done more’ to prevent S. Sudan killings

Updated 23 April 2014
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UN ‘should have done more’ to prevent S. Sudan killings

KAMPALA: Ugandan Army, backing its neighbor South Sudan against a four-month-old rebellion, said on Wednesday UN peacekeepers should have done more to stop insurgents slaughtering hundreds of civilians there last week.
Uganda sent troops into South Sudan shortly after fighting broke out between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in mid-December.
In the latest major violence in the increasingly ethnic conflict, rebels hunted down men, women and children taking refuge in a mosque, church and hospital in oil town Bentiu where the UN has a base, according to a report from the global body.
The rebels denied carrying out the attack, which has drawn international outrage. The White House said it was horrified.
About 22,000 people took refuge in the UN base in the town, the capital of the oil producing Unity State, after the killings on Tuesday last week.
“It is disturbing that civilians are being killed in the backyard of a UN mission,” Ugandan military spokesman Paddy Ankunda told Reuters.
“There are thousands of UN soldiers in the country and you have hundreds killed under their noses ... The United Nations ought to do more to stop these crimes,” he said.
A UN spokesman in the South Sudanese capital Juba did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for a comment.
The violence has spread across the country, often along ethnic faultlines, pitting Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s Nuer group.
The rebels have repeatedly called for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops, which their leader Riek Machar says is all that has prevented his anti-government forces from seizing the capital. Uganda’s deployment has raised alarm among some regional neighbors and Western capitals. The Ugandan government said it would pull its forces out when a regional force was deployed to enforce a cease-fire — but that force has not yet materialized.


Prosecutors seek Air France trial over fatal 2009 Rio-to-Paris crash -source

Updated 17 July 2019
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Prosecutors seek Air France trial over fatal 2009 Rio-to-Paris crash -source

  • The doomed Airbus A330 jet crashed into the sea on June 1, 2009, after entering an aerodynamic stall
  • French investigators found the crew of AF447 mishandled the loss of speed readings

PARIS: French prosecutors want Air France to face trial over a fatal crash in 2009 involving flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris which killed all 228 people on board, a judicial source said on Wednesday.
The doomed Airbus A330 jet crashed into the sea on June 1, 2009, after entering an aerodynamic stall. The judicial source added that prosecutors would not be seeking a trial of Airbus over the affair.
French investigators found the crew of AF447 mishandled the loss of speed readings from sensors blocked with ice from the storm, and pushed it into a stall by holding the nose too high.