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Chinese soldiers help peacekeeper Chen Ying, who was injured in Juba, arrive at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi

Syrians gather in the Marjeh square in Damascus. The Syrian government and the main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups announced they both conditionally accept a proposed U.S.-Russian cease fire that the international community hopes will bring them back to the negotiating table in Geneva for talks to end the war.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the martyrs of the Indian Peace Keeping Force soldiers, in Colombo.

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A U.N. peacekeeper from India looks through his binocular during an investigation by the U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese army soldiers near the site where Hezbollah attacked an Israeli patrol, in the hills of Kfar Shouba village, near the Israeli-occupied Shebaa farms, southern Lebanon.

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This image made from video posted on a militant social media account shows U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji, background, held captive by militants from the Nusra Front in Syria. The 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group are alive and well and will be released soon, one of the hostages said in a video released by the militants. Fighters from the Nusra Front captured the Fijian troops late last month in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong U.N. force monitors the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.

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Army men coffin of Havildar Bharat Sasmal who was among the five U.N. peacekeepers from India killed in South Sudan on Tuesday, at a wreath laying ceremony in Kolkata.

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An UN peacekeeper from India patrols a refugee camp in Rutshuru, Eastern Congo

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Hundreds of newly trained Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18Km south of Mogadishu. In information which could not be independently verified, Islamist officials who spoke during the show of the force, said that five hundred fresh fighters have participated in the training session which was concluded recently and will be part of the war against Somalia government and the African peacekeepers supporting them.

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Protesters run away from U.N. peacekeepers during a protest as a woman walks by in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Despite the country's electoral council announcement of a compromise to recount votes, clashes between protesters and authorities continued in Port-au-Prince.

AP Photo/ Guillermo Arias

Islamist insurgent fighters take positions during clashes with Somali government soldiers and African Union peacekeepers in southern Mogadishu's Hodon neighborhood. Fighting in Somalia's capital flared for a third straight day killing eight people and pushing the week's death toll past 80 as insurgents tried to force government troops back toward the presidential palace.

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Sonia Gandhi at the memorial service of her husband Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide attack in 1991 by the LTTE because he had sent Indian peacekeepers to intervene in the island nation's civil war.

AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

Dead bodies lay near a street in southern Mogadishu's K4 junction. Scores of people were killed in fighting that pitted Islamist insurgents against government forces and African Union peacekeepers in Somalia's capital, witnesses and medical staff said. Residents were hiding in their homes as mortars slammed into the city.

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Women Japanese peacekeepers smile on arrival, in Dili, East Timor. It is the first time that Japanese women have acted as peacekeepers abroad. More than 300 Japanese peacekeepers are on hand for the up coming presidential election in East Timor.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24
International peacekeepers drag away two Afghans after they threw stones at their vehicles during a demonstration outside U.S. Embassy in Kabul. About 200 young Afghans protested against the deadly shootout by U.S. Marines who killed three Afghan soldiers on Wednesday.

Amir Shah / AP

A Turkish firefighter tries to extinguish burning parts of the plane at the crash site after a Ukrainian Yak-42 plane carrying 62 Spanish peacekeepers returning from Afghanistan crashed as it tried to land for refueling near the city of Trabzon, Turkey, early Monday, May 26, 2003. There were no survivors.

Zafer Sel / AP

SATURDAY, JUNE 7
A soldier of International Security Assistance Force stands guard as Afghan children pass by after an explosion in Kabul. A bomb ripped through a bus carrying German peacekeepers through Kabul, killing at least three soldiers and wounding eight in the deadliest attack on the international forces in Afghanistan.

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee follows a Turkish honour guard carrying his wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey's founding father Kemal Ataturk in Ankara. Vajpayee arrived in Turkey - the first visit by an Indian premier to Ankara in 15 years- for talks with Turkish leaders on U.S. requests for peacekeepers to Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bilateral ties.

Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Prime Minister Vajpayee was in Turkey on the first leg of his 15 day foriegn tour. He inaugrated a street in Ankara after Rabindranath Tagore but the real agenda of his visit are the U.S. requests for peacekeepers to Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bilateral ties. When he asked the Turkish Prime Minister about his country's position Iraq, the reply was 'We are in the same boat'.

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Injured people are led away as UN peacekeepers step in to separate clashing ethnic Albanians and Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. Atleast seven people were killed and over 200 were injured as heavy bursts of gunfire erupted following the clashes between Albanians and Serbs in the city .

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Tuesday 20 JulyA car carrying Filipino Angelo dela Cruz, who was been held hostage in Iraq enters the Philippines embassy after he was earlier handed over to the UAE embassy in Baghdad. Cruz, a truck driver, was released by his abductors after the Philippines government complied with their demand to pull its troops from Iraq. Militants had taken Cruz captive on 7 July, and threatened to behead him unless their demand was met. Philippines have a token force of 51 peacekeepers in Iraq and its decision has drawn sharp criticism from the US and its allies. Within hours of Cruz's release, another militant group threatened a similar fate for the Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pulled out its 500 troops from Iraq.

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A protester holds a placard denouncing French President Jacques Chirac in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The west African country has witnessed days of anti-French violence after the French troops destroyed the entire Ivory Coast's air force following the killing of its nine peacekeepers in an air strike. The United Nations has imposed a thirteen-month arms embargo on the country.

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MONDAY, MAY 26
The scene after a Ukrainian Yak-42 plane carrying 62 Spanish peacekeepers crashed as it tried to land for refueling near Turkey's Black Sea city of Trabzon. There were no survivors.

Zafer Sel / AP

Saturday August 9, 2008
A wounded Georgian woman lies in front of an apartment building, damaged by a Russian airstrike, in the northern Georgian town of Gori. According to the photographer the woman was later helped by her neighbours and evacuated to a safe area. Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, had launched an offensive the day before, to retake control of breakaway South Ossetia, causing heavy civilian casualties. Russia, which has close ties to the province and posts peacekeepers there, responded by sending in armed convoys and military combat aircraft. After four days of heavy fighting, more than 2000 people had lost their lives, as per last conservative estimates.

AP Photo/George Abdaladze

Wednesday 31 January
United Nation's peacekeeping policewomen from India arrive at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia. India has made history by sending the first all-women police unit to serve with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia. The 103-member contingent will help strengthen the rule of law and maintain peace in the West African country. The contingent also has 22 men but they would be engaged in logistics work and not participate in operations. Activists groups have persistently been demanding posting of more women police and military officers in the peacekeeping operations after cases of rape and sexual abuse by peacekeepers came to light.

AP Photo/Pewee Flomoku

United Nation's peacekeeping policewomen from India arrive at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia. India has made history by sending the first all-women police unit to serve with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia. The 103-member contingent will help strengthen the rule of law and maintain peace in the West African country. The contingent also has 22 men but they would be engaged in logistic work and not participate in operations. Activists groups have persistently been demanding posting of more women police and military officers in the peacekeeping operations after cases of rape and sexual abuse by peacekeepers came to light.

AP Photo/Pewee Flomoku

Supporters of President Joseph Kabila celebrate at his office in Kinshasa, Congo after Kabila was declared the winner of the country's tense run-off election, defeating his ex-rebel leader rival in the war-ravaged country's first multi-party contest in more than four decades. The electoral commission announced President Kabila won 58.05% of the votes, ahead of ex-rebel leader Bemba who got 41.95%. Bemba has rejected the election results saying it did not reflect the truth of the ballot box and he would use all legal channels to contest the result. United Nations peacekeepers have deployed extra troops in the capital, Kinshasa - a Bemba stronghold - in case of trouble.

AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

Women officers of the 103 battalion of the Rapid Action Force stand holding pistols in a combat drill in New Delhi. The policewomen will form part of a 125 member all-women team of peacekeepers who will use their experience in tackling conflict situations to restore law and order in strife-torn Liberia, assisting the U.N.'s efforts to bring peace to a country ravaged by nearly a quarter-century of conflict including a 14-year civil war.

AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi

Wednesday 26 July
But it directly involves Indians too. Caught in the cross-fire. Soldiers from the Indian contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) carry the body of one of the four unarmed U.N. military observers killed by an Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese town of Khiam, at a hospital in the southern city of Marjayoun, Lebanon. Four UN observers were killed when a precision-guided missile directly hit the building and shelter of an Indian patrol base in the town of Khiyam, even after the U.N. peacekeepers contacted Israeli troops at least 10 times to stop striking their position that was under attack for six hours. The Israel Defence Forces later said they "deeply regretted the tragic death" of the UN personnel and would investigate the incident. Later on Sunday, 30 July, two soldiers from the Indian battalion of the UNFIL were wounded in an Israeli air strike at their border post in southern Lebanon.

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Soldiers from the Indian contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) carry the body of one of the four U.N. military observers killed by Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese town of Khiam, late Tuesday, at a hospital in the southern city of Marjayoun, Lebanon. Four unarmed observers were killed when a precision-guided missile directly hit the building and shelter of an Indian patrol base, even after the U.N. peacekeepers contacted Israeli troops 10 times to stop strking their position that was under attack for six hours. The Israel Defence Forces later said they "deeply regretted the tragic death" of the personnel and would investigate the incident. Meanwhile, the 15-nation talks in Rome on a plan for ending the 15-day-old conflict failed to reach an agreement on an immediate ceasefire and only vowed to work immediately with "utmost urgency" towards one. The declaration follows the U.S. line, backed by Britain, that a ceasefire in the region "must be lasting, permanent and sustainable." Israel's two-week-old offensive in Lebanon has killed more than 400 people, mostly civilians, while its thrust into Palestinian territories has left 128 dead, including 12 killed today.

AP Photo/Lotfallah Daher

Australian soldiers disarm a man during a sweep of a suburb in Dili, East Timor. President Xanana Gusmao has pleaded with the country's police and army to work together following widespread unrest in the country. The dismissal in March of 600 army troops sparked off violence after they launched a rebellion and clashes between the rebel troops and police escalated last week, causing thousands to flee the capital, Dili. Some 2,000 foreign peacekeepers- mostly Australian troops are in the country now to restore order.

AP Photo/Mark Baker

Brazilian U.N. peacekeepers patrol while residents of the Cite-Soleil slum line up to cast their vote in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The people of Haiti have begun voting in the country's first elections since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in February 2004. Hours before the polls opened, queues of people waited to cast their votes in what is expected to be a high turnout. Thousands of heavily armed UN troops are watching over the election process, which has been delayed several times because of widespread unrest. Haitians are voting for a new President as well as a 129-member Parliament.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Activists of the Raza-e-Rasool Council burn a symbolic flag of Denmark, at a protest rally in New Delhi. Meeting in Lucknow several Muslim clerics, including noted Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Javaad, today asked the Indian government to recall its ambassador to Denmark in the wake of publication of the Prophet's caricatures in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. They also decided to hold demonstrations in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Parliamentary constituencies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul respectively, in protest against the government's vote at the IAEA meeting against Iran for its controversial nuclear programme. Meanwhile, the United Nations evacuated its staff and NATO peacekeepers rushed reinforcements to the north-west Afghan town of Meymaneh after deadly fighting erupted during a protest against the cartoons. At least one person was killed and dozens injured in the latest Afghan violence, which came as violent protests spread across Asia and Denmark urged its citizens to leave Indonesia.

AP Photo/Gurinder Osan