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Twenty-two African countries expected at UN Peacekeeping Ministerial

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With six of the United Nation’s 12 current peacekeeping missions in Africa, expectations are the continent will be well represented at the world body’s...

Ethiopian government says it has recaptured Lalibela, UN World Heritage site

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Ethiopian government forces and their regional allies have recaptured the town of Lalibela, a United Nations World Heritage Site, from Tigrayan forces, the prime...

Islamist car bomb attack kills at least eight in Somalia, officials...

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At least eight people were killed in Somalia's capital on Thursday when Islamist militants launched a suicide attack on a UN security convoy using...

UN warns not holding Libya elections could fuel further conflict

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Outgoing United Nations Libya mediator Jan Kubis warned on Wednesday that not holding planned elections in the country could "greatly deteriorate" the situation and...

Number of children recruited into conflict grows in West and Central...

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West and Central Africa has recorded the highest number of children recruited into conflict of any region in the world, and the number is...

SADC part of GLR peace process

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) wants Africa’s Great Lakes region (GLR) to be both peaceful and secure, its executive secretary told the senior...

Over 1 000 people, mostly Tigrayans, detained in Ethiopia in a...

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At least 1 000 people, mostly ethnic Tigrayans, have been detained in cities across Ethiopia in the past week, the United Nations said on...

US confronts Russia as UN renews Central Africa peacekeepers

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Russia and China abstained in a UN Security Council vote on Friday to extend a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR)...

Tigrayan forces say they will ‘hunt down’ foreign mercenaries

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Rebellious Tigrayan forces threatened on Friday to "hunt down" foreigners they said were supporting the Ethiopian government as mercenaries and technical experts in a...

Ethiopia says UN staff will face penalties if they break the...

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Ethiopian staff working for the United Nations or African Union do not live “in space” and will be punished for any lawbreaking, the government...

Ethiopian authorities detain more than 70 UN drivers, amid reports of...

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Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 70 drivers working with the United Nations, a UN spokesperson said, amid international alarm over reported widespread arrests...

UN rights body agrees to monitor Sudan violations

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The United Nations human rights council on Friday adopted a British-led resolution on Sudan condemning the military coup and appointing an expert to monitor...

Sudanese talks make progress, source says, as international pressure grows

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Talks between Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the leaders of an 25 October military coup are making progress, a source close to Hamdok...

Ongoing Tigray conflict slammed by EU and UN

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The European Union and United Nations this week came out strongly against the year-long conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray with one organisation warning “the catastrophic...

Joint UN, Ethiopia rights team: all sides committed abuses in Tigray

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All sides fighting in the war in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray committed violations that may amount to war crimes, according to a joint...

UN says Central African Republic soldiers wounded ten Egyptian peacekeepers

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The United Nations mission in Central African Republic on Tuesday accused the country's presidential guard of opening fire on unarmed Egyptian peacekeepers and wounding...

UN urges Mali to end hereditary slavery

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UN human rights experts on Friday called on Mali to crack down on hereditary slavery after a series of violent attacks against people born...

UN urgently needs cash in Afghanistan, but struggles for solution

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The United Nations cannot get enough cash into Afghanistan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people on the brink of starvation and is...

SADC executive secretary talks peace with top UN Africa official

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Just two months into the most senior position in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as executive secretary, Elias Magosi this week virtually met...

‘An epidemic’ of coups, UN chief laments, urging Security Council to...

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UN chief Antonio Guterres assailed what he called "an epidemic of coup d'états" on Tuesday and urged the Security Council to act to effectively...

ISS: Somalia needs AMISOM, but the jury is still out

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Despite detailed reviews and proposals by the AU and the UN, AMISOM’s future remains far from clear. The end of 2021 was the deadline for...

Mali tells UN it will confirm post-coup election date in December

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Mali's interim authorities will confirm a date for post-coup elections after national reform consultations in December, a representative of a UN Security Council delegation...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

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Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and...

UN plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia’s Tigray

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An Ethiopian government air strike on the capital of the northern Tigray region on Friday forced a UN flight carrying aid workers to abort...

Damascus bomb kills 14, then army shells fall on rebel area...

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A blast on an army bus in Damascus on Wednesday killed 14 people, state media reported, the deadliest bombing in the Syrian capital in...

More problems coming for Great Lakes region

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A top UN official maintains Africa’s Great Lakes region is at a crossroads Huang Xia, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ special envoy, told the UN Security Council,...

UN officials recalled from Ethiopia over audio recordings

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Two senior United Nations officials have been recalled from Ethiopia after audio recordings containing criticism of senior UN officials was released online, according to...

Congo journalist granted provisional release after terrorism probe dropped

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A journalist arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month for possessing a video showing the assassination of two UN sanctions monitors in...

Shooting in Libya detention centre after migrant raids

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At least six migrants were shot dead at a Tripoli detention centre on Friday, the head of the UN migration agency's Libya mission said,...

Death toll from militant attack on Malian soldiers rises to 16

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The death toll from an attack by Islamist militants on soldiers in central Mali this week has risen to 16, the army said on...

UN chief takes on Ethiopia over expelled staff: show me proof

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hit back at Ethiopia on Wednesday over the government's expulsion of seven UN staff, demanding proof of accusations against them...

SAHRC, UN High Commissioner for Refugees formalise partnership

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Ties between the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC), have been formalised and strengthened after...

Expulsion of UN staff from Ethiopia “unprecedented”

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres maintains the expulsion of UN humanitarian workers from Ethiopia’s Tigray region is “disturbing” in the face of “an immense human...

Libya’s warring sides, including Russian mercenaries, may be guilty of crimes...

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Russian mercenaries in Libya killed detainees, among the possible war crimes committed by multiple sides in the conflict, UN human rights investigators said on...

One UN peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali

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One UN peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Saturday,...

UN chief tells Ethiopia’s Abiy he does not accept staff expulsions

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The United Nations does not accept Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as famine looms in the war-torn region of Tigray, UN...

UN condemns Ethiopia expulsions, says 5.2 million need aid in Tigray

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The United Nations on Friday condemned Ethiopia's announcement that it was expelling seven senior UN officials, and voiced concern for 5.2 million people in...

Flouting UN sanctions in Africa? No one is watching after Russia...

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Russia is delaying the appointment of panels of independent experts to monitor violations of UN sanctions on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo,...

UN issues new Syria war death toll, says 350 000 is...

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At least 350 209 people have been killed in the decade-old war in Syria, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday in...

Libya’s proposed election is a moment of danger in push for...

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Libya's best chance of peace in years is at risk of unravelling as factions tussle over looming national elections that were envisaged as a...

Biden promises “relentless diplomacy”, not cold war

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US President Joe Biden mapped out a new era of vigorous competition without a new Cold War despite China's ascendance during his first United...

UN envoy meets new Afghan interior minister wanted by US

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A UN envoy has met Afghanistan's new interior minister who was for years was one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants and is...

Afghanistan commercial flights resume as UN accuses Taliban of harassment

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The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan's new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens...

Tigray forces killed 120 civilians in Amhara village – Ethiopia officials

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Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on...

UN footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis

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Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United...

UN warns catastrophe looms in Ethiopia’s north, urges government to end...

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A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia’s north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the...

Cameroon ethnic clashes kill at least 32 as villages are torched...

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Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the UN refugee agency...

Security threats at sea need global response

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Despite an overall decrease in maritime traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, piracy and armed robbery of ships rose by 20 % in the...

UN warns any fighting in Kabul would be ‘catastrophic’ for civilians

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The United Nations said on Thursday it is particularly concerned about a shift in fighting in Afghanistan to urban areas, warning that if a...

At least 51 killed in Mali village raids, district official says

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At least 51 people were killed when Islamist militants raided three villages in central Mali near the border with Niger, a district administrator said...