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UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa. In a joint news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration […]

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip […]

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Africa: Conflict, climate change behind hunger of 224 million – UN

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition in Africa as effects of climate change and conflicts bite, the United Nations warned on Monday. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the situation is a “cause of concern” as the continent’s population was expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030. The rise in […]

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Africa: UN chief calls for end to Female Genital Mutilation

As the world is celebrating this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation — a UN-sponsored annual event–, UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The program currently focuses on 17 African countries and supports regional and global initiatives. The UNFPA and UNICEF hope […]

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Somali judge elected President of International Court of Justice

Somali Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been elected to the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Chamber of Summary Procedure along with four other judges and two alternate judges, who shall henceforth hear and determine cases brought before the court. Yusuf is succeeding a French judge Ronny Abraham who has been in office since 6 February […]

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US government halts aid to Somalia’s military over graft

The United States on Thursday, said it is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns. The US government suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel aid. During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides […]

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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

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U.N. extends arms sanctions on Eritrea, Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended the arms embargo imposed on Eritrea and Somalia. Eleven members of the council voted in favor of the resolution, while four abstained. The Council also extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15 December 2018, a UN statement said. The arms embargo on […]

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Peace and Security top agenda of 4th Dakar International Forum

The 4th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa has kicked off on Monday in Senegal as the continent moves to assure its own security. The forum, held under the theme, “Current security challenges in Africa: towards integrated solutions”, focuses on the continent’s new strategic and security challenges and on new approaches on […]

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Turkey sends 450 locally made MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia

The Turkish government has sent 450 of its first locally designed MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia to fight al Shabaab, weeks after the militant group killed over 300 people in Mogadishu, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the government of President […]

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