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Zimbabewan Masimba Tafirenyika Appointed Director of UN Information Centre in Pretoria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Masimba Tafirenyika of Zimbabwe as Director of the UN Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides service to South Africa  and Tafirenyika started assuming his duties as of Monday, a press release said. Tafirenyika was most recently Chief of the Africa Section in the United Nations Department […]

DRC: Kabila to appoint new PM

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila on Wednesday vowed to appoint a new Prime Minister within 48 hours, calling on opposition coalition to nominate candidates for the position. The move comes barely 5 months after Kabila appointed opposition politician Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister, under a controversial power-sharing deal reached after months […]

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Burundian Rebels Detained in DRC Face Extradition

About 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face imminent extradition, according to reports. Accused of attempting to carry out armed actions in Burundi, the suspected rebels, currently detained in Uvira, Bukavu and the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, are now facing extradition. They were captured near the two […]

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French Aid Worker Abducted by Armed Men in Mali

Sophie Pétronin, the head of a children’s humanitarian group was kidnapped on Christmas eve by armed men in Gao, northern Mali. A local radio station in Gao said the aid worker was affiliated with Aide Gao, a small nonprofit that helps children suffering from malnutrition. She was taken by a group of men who drove […]

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Egypt Holds Back Resolution Targeting Israel at the UN

Egypt delayed the tabling of a draft resolution, demanding an end to illegal constructions of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands, for voting by the UN Security Council on Thursday after President al-Sisi spoke with US president-elect Donald Trump and agreed on giving the incoming administration an opportunity to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. A Western diplomat […]

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CAR: New Armed Group Emerges as Threat – HRW

An armed group known as “Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation”, or 3R has emerged in the Central African Republic , killing at least 50 civilians and displacing around 17,000, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. According to HRW, the group appeared in late 2015 to protect the minority Peul population, who are mostly Muslim cattle herders, from […]

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Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed Appointed Deputy UN SG

Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed, was appointed on Thursday by the New United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his Deputy Secretary-General (DSG). Guterres made the announcement through Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman of the outgoing Secretary-General. Two other women have been also appointed into high-profile positions at the UN. Ms. Maria Viotti of Brazil was appointed […]

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U.S. Sanctions DR Congo Top Officials

The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Tuesday, imposed sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo’s Evariste Boshab and Kalev Mutondo, accusing them of suppressing political opposition and delaying political progress in the country, often through violent means. “The Congolese government continues to undermine democratic processes in the DRC and repress the political rights […]

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UN: Spain sidelines Western Sahara issue as it chairs UN Security Council December meeting

Spain has dealt a blow to Algiers-backed Front Polisario as it crossed the Western Sahara issue off its agenda as chair of the UN Security Council this December, reports say. There is no doubt tension between Madrid and the Front Polisario is rising up. After demanding the leader of separatist movement Brahim Ghali be interrogated […]

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South Sudan: Kiir rejects amnesty for ‘violent’ Machar

South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir on Sunday said denouncing violence is the only way exiled vice-president and rebel leader Riek Machar will be granted amnesty. Former first vice-president, Riek Machar who fled the country in July has repeatedly called for an armed resistance following renewed clashes with forces loyal of Kiir. He is currently in […]

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