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DRC: US, Sweden call for new probe into murders of UN experts

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called for a “full investigation” into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan, a dual national of Sweden and Chile, disappeared on March 12 and their bodies were discovered […]

CAR: Two other Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Second attack in three days

Two Moroccan peacekeepers lost their live Tuesday at Bangassou, South-East of the Central African Republic, in an ambush laid by Christian-dominated Anti-balaka armed group. The latest attack against the UN Multinational Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is the second in less than a week, as another Moroccan was killed on Sunday […]

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UN & AU, a shared determination to strengthen conflict settlement mechanisms

The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres pointed out Wednesday that the UN and the African Union have a shared determination to strengthen mechanisms to defuse conflicts before they escalate, and to manage them effectively when they occur. Addressing an open debate of the Security Council in New York on the strengthened collaboration between the […]

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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 […]

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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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