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UN launches initiative to promote understanding in Malian communities

In Mali, a trial project is under way to help aid workers get a better understanding for the needs of communities vulnerable to escalating violence and armed extremists.   The initiative is run by OCHA, the UN’s aid coordination wing. It relies on a local individual going into villages and asking people what they want […]

Somalia: UN chief condemns deadly attacks on Mogadishu Mayor’s offices

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Wednesday’s deadly terror attacks in Somalia, that targeted the offices of the mayor of Mogadishu, reportedly killing six Government officials and injuring several others. Mr. Guterres extended his “deep condolences” to the victims’ families and loved ones, and reiterated the full support and solidarity of the UN with the […]

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DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits ‘whole’ UN system, to help ‘end the outbreak’

The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, now in its tenth month, has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of “the whole United Nations system” into stemming the spread of the deadly virus. Mr. Guterres expressed concern over the number of new Ebola cases […]

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UN appeals for international support as flood waters rise in wake of second Mozambique cyclone

With Mozambique and Comoros battling heavy rains and raging flood waters in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth – the second major storm to hit southern Africa in the past six weeks – the United Nations and its humanitarian partners are supporting national authorities in assessing needs and providing help. UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on […]

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UN welcomes renewed ties between Eritrea, Ethiopia

The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia that brought relations out of a deep freeze. The 15-member Security Council said it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Côte d’Ivoire raised concerns. After meeting and embracing in Asmara on Sunday, Ethiopian Prime […]

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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa, UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) addresses a peace and security in Africa session at the Second Annual AU-UN Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. […]

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Kabila postpones UN chief’s request to visit DRC ahead of elections

President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila has postponed a planned visit this week by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said. President Kabila has also refused to meet the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who also planned to […]

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Cameroon sets presidential elections for October 7

Presidential election will be held on October 7 in Cameroon, according to a presidential decree released by President Paul Biya on Monday. Paul Biya, 84, is one of the world’s oldest heads of state—and one of the longest-serving, having ruled uncontested since 1982. Critics have described Biya’s state record as “chaotic.” Nicknamed “the Sphinx” due […]

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UN experts urge Mauritania to release dissenting ex-senator Mohamed ould Ghadda

Mauritanian former senator Mohamed ould Ghadda is victim of “arbitrary” detention and must be released with the benefit of compensation, a working group of the United Nations said in a statement.   Mauritanian authorities arrested Ghadda on August 10, 2017, five days after Mauritanians voted in a referendum to dissolve the country’s Senate, of which […]

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Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture, execution – UN investigators

The Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has just delivered to the Human Rights Council its findings, based on more than 380 interviews, in addition to 500 testimonies collected last year. The dossier compiled by the three-member panel encompasses events surrounding the national referendum last month on constitutional reform, which could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza’s term […]

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