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DRC: 4,600 people flee homes daily – UN

About 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the political and humanitarian crisis deepens, the UN said on Monday. According to the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA, 3.7 million people were displaced within the central African nation by the end of March – more than double the 1.6 […]

Malawi raises legal marriage age to 18

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has officially banned child marriage this week after a two-year parliamentary process and subsequent approval in February. The constitutional amendment signed by the president raises the legal marriage age to 18.  The offense is now punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of about $143. However, rights campaigners say it […]

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Tanzania expels UNDP head for “deteriorating performance”

Tanzania on Tuesday expelled the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the East African nation for the “deteriorating performance” of her office. Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, suffered “poor relations with her work colleagues and UNDP management,” Tanzania’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “The government took this decision because Ms. Awa […]

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Kofi Annan calls world leaders to increase investment in food systems

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on World leaders to increase investment in developing countries and food systems in order to “produce more food with fewer resources”. Speaking at the 10th Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels on Tuesday, Kofi Annan stressed that scientific discovery and sustainable solutions are crucial to […]

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Six aid workers killed in South Sudan

Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed Saturday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said. Their bodies were found on the road by other members of the convoy who were some way behind. “The […]

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CAR: Armed groups, UN forces occupy schools – HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said armed men and United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic have occupied schools, preventing pupils across the country from receiving an education. Central African Republic descended into chaos in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. The Christian anti-Balaka militia retaliated with a backlash […]

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Zimbabwe 2018 election: 13 opposition parties want UN intervention

Opposition parties in Zimbabwe are calling on the United Nations to intervene in next year’s presidential election after the Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau and her commissioners walked out of a national dialogue held at her Harare offices Tuesday morning. The Elections Commission chairperson accuses the opposition of unfairly targeting her. She appeared to […]

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Somalia: Twenty-six ministers appointed in new cabinet

Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, has appointed a new government of 26 ministers on Tuesday, British Broadcaster, The BBC reported. The appointees include diplomats from the former government, finance experts, technocrats and economists. Hassan Ali Khaire, an oil industry executive and former aid worker who has dual Somali and Norwegian citizenship, was appointed last […]

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UN Boss holds talks with Kenya’s Uhuru in Nairobi

UN Chief Antonio Gutteres is in Nairobi to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday. The Two leaders will discuss regional issues including hunger, drought, terrorism and security across the region, local media reported. South Sudan conflict and the war in Somalia are also on their agenda according to Nairobi-based news portal, The Nation. The United […]

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Somalia: Drought kills 110 people in 2 days

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said some 110 people died in southern Somalia on Thursday and Friday as a result of drought. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has declared a state of disaster as the Horn of Africa nation struggles with a severe drought and food crisis. “About 110 people have died in the past […]

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