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Topic - Herve Ladsous
The United Nations has officially embraced the drone. Unarmed surveillance drones are being deployed over the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor rebel activity near the borders of Rwanda and Uganda, the BBC reported.
Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda resumed mortar and machine gun fire on Monday at a village just 3 kilometers (2 miles) outside of the crucial, provincial capital of Goma, hours after saying they were halting fighting in order to negotiate with the government of Congo.
Syrian forces pushed out scores of rebels holed up in a rebellious area near the Mediterranean coast Wednesday, and state television said they retook control of the region following eight days of fierce shelling and clashes.
The Syrian government on Sunday denied responsibility for an assault on villages that left more than 100 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area.
A roadside bomb exploded in a restive suburb of the Syrian capital as senior U.N. officials toured the area on Sunday. The blast blew off the front of a parked vehicle but caused no casualties.
Israeli ministers held a special Cabinet meeting at Ammunition Hill on Sunday to celebrate Jerusalem Day, when the Jewish state captured the Arab eastern sector 45 years ago during the Six-Day War.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, who presided over a ceremony for the new era, told the BBC that the drones would be the "tool of choice" for the world body moving forward.
"We need to get a better picture of what is happening," Mr. Ladsous told the BBC.