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Ethnic violence kills 12 at U.N. camp

At least 12 people were killed when an armed mob overran a United Nations peacekeeping camp in Bor, South Sudan, in an attack targeting ethnic Nuer.

South Sudan was torn by violence when the country's ruling party and army split along ethnic lines in December as a result of a political struggle. Fighting has continued on and off ever since, and peace talks in neighboring Ethiopia have not stemmed the violence.

U.N. officials condemned Thursday's attack by armed men, some in military uniforms, on the base where about 5,000 Nuer had sought refuge. Nuer are the second-largest group after the Dinka.

The assailants got access to the compound by pretending to be peaceful protesters who wanted to hand in a petition to the U.N. Some then opened fire on civilians, the U.N. said. It was not clear who was killed. - L.A. Times


N. Korea action urged

The chief U.N. investigator into human-rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. A yearlong U.N. inquiry concluded in a Feb. 17 report that North Korean security chiefs and possibly even leader Kim Jong Un should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation, and killings. The court can investigate crimes in states that have joined the institution, but it can pursue crimes in nonmember states only if authorized by the Security Council. - Reuters

Reelection seen

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term Thursday, despite questions over his health since suffering a stroke in 2013. Voting results were due Friday, and turnout appeared low, but Bouteflika, 77, looked almost assured of victory in the OPEC state. - Reuters