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French soldiers raped children searching for food in Central African Republic, says leaked UN report

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A leaked UN report  has revealed shocking information about UN Peacekeeping force in Central African Republic.

According to the report titled, Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces, some French soldiers working as UN peacekeepers raped and sodomized hungry children in exchange for food in the capital city of Bangui in early 2014.

A nine-year-boy told human rights investigators how some French soldiers at the camp for internally displaced sexually abused him and his friend when they went there looking for food.

The report has surfaced as the UN Security Council has extended the stay of international force in the country by one year. It has also decided to strengthen the force by 1,000 soldiers in the country, which is torn by Christian-Muslim violence.

UN has already suspended Anders Kompass, a peacekeeper from Sweden for passing the report to the French authorities and not complying with UN protocol of confidentiality.

“A United Nations aid worker has been suspended after being found leaking a confidential report on child abuse, ” according to a statement released by the Secretary General’s spokesman.

According to the Guardian, spokesperson of UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that a probe into the issue was going on.

The United Nations had conducted a human rights investigation in late spring of 2014, following serious allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by French military personnel, Xinhua news agency reported.

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This chip can convert your smartphone into car keys

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UWB chip by NXP semiconductors is capable of turning your mobiles into car keys. Pixabay

NXP Semiconductors on Tuesday announced an addition to its ultra-wideband (UWB) chip with a new automotive integrated circuit (UWB IC) which is capable of turning smartphones into car keys.

The technology is designed to give spatial awareness to UWB-equipped cars, mobiles, and other smart devices, to enable cars to know exactly where the users are.

With this, users can open and start cars, while leaving their phones in their pockets or bags, and enjoy secure remote parking via smartphone. Furthermore, the new UWB IC brings maximum level of protection against car theft through relay attacks.

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With this chip, users can open and start cars, while leaving their phones in their pockets or bags. Pixabay

“Today we are seeing a rapid amalgamation of automotive and smartphone technologies, which altogether unlocks a whole new world of opportunities for smart mobility. Ultra-wideband has transformed from just a data transmission to a secure ranging technology, having multiple use cases for automotive in the coming times,” said Sanjay Gupta, Vice-President and India Country Manager, NXP India said in a statement.

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In conjunction with the launch of the IC, NXP, BMW Group, Continental and others are jointly working on UWB implementations through the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and IEEE to ensure the best customer experiences at the intersection of the vehicle, mobile, and consumer devices. (IANS)