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12 Oct 2016 description

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, UNHCR figures show

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Migrants arriving by sea to Italy are now the main problem faced by the European Union in its efforts to stem mass immigration to the bloc, the head of the EU border agency said on Wednesday.

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, figures from the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) show.

18 Jan 2006 description

Jan 18 (Reuters) - African countries have been asked to contribute troops to a peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Uganda has said it will do so if parliament approves the move, South African President Thabo Mbeki and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete have said they would consider sending troops, and Mozambique said it was training soldiers for possible deployment to the turbulent Horn of African nation.

Here are some details on peacekeeping in Africa.

PENDING MISSIONS:

SOMALIA:

African and Western diplomats are trying to rally a peacekeeping force to restore calm in Somalia …

22 Jun 2005 description

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Following is a summary of the major conflicts in Africa:

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

- Rwanda and Uganda invaded the former Belgian colony in 1998, saying they wanted to protect themselves from fighters who had fled to Congo after the 1994 massacre of 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.

- The five-year war sucked in six African nations and nearly 4 million died. The war was declared over in July 2003 after a series of peace deals.