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Arrest of ex-Shabaab leader: Somalia expels top UN official

Somali government on Tuesday expelled a high-ranking United Nations official in the country, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty. The government says Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the U.N. SecretaryGeneral for Somalia, “is not required and cannot work in this country,” effectively declaring the official persona non grata. “The decision comes after he […]

Guinea-Bissau needs ‘genuinely free and fair elections’ to break cycle of instability

Unless political actors in Guinea-Bissau demonstrate renewed good faith to hold “genuinely free and fair elections,” the country is set to face a continuous cycle of instability, the United Nations Security Council warned on Thursday. In a statement, the 15-member Security Council expressed “regret” that the country did not hold elections as planned on 18 […]

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DRC poll delay: UN Security Council calls for Continuous dialogue

The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until December 30. The polls, previously scheduled for Sunday December 23 were delayed by the country’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Taking […]

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Mogadishu bombings a ‘cowardly assault’ on Somalis’ right to peace – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Saturday’s twin bombings in the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, which claimed a number of lives. In a statement, Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, said that the attacks “signify another cowardly assault against the […]

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Libya: UN Draws bleak picture of situation of refugees & migrants

The United Nations has drawn a bleak picture of the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya, pointing out that the climate of lawlessness in the country provides fertile ground for illicit activities, leaving migrants and refugees “at the mercy of countless predators who view them as commodities to be exploited and extorted”. A report, […]

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Vital UN Air Service risks being grounded in CAR due to funding shortages

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) that enables aid workers to deploy to reach tens of thousands of people in need in the Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of shutting down due to a shortage of funds, the World Food Program (WFP) that manages the service warned this week. UNHAS, which depends […]

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New EU support for the Horn of Africa worth €134 million

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programs for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said these new EU programs, worth over €134 million in all, will help to create lasting solutions for refugees and internally displaced people, as well as […]

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Rising insecurity in Central African Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighboring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. In particular, a comprehensive approach is needed against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as the African Union […]

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UN Security Council unanimously lifts Eritrea sanctions

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously lifted sanctions against Eritrea. Hailing the recent and historic rapprochements in the Horn of Africa, the Security Council on Wednesday decided to lift the arms embargo, travel bans, assets freeze and targeted sanctions previously imposed on Eritrea. The UN Security Council slapped Eritrea with an arms embargo […]

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UN warns of hunger crisis in Central African Republic

About half of the population of the Central African Republic need urgent food, the United Nations said on Thursday. According to the UN, this is the worst situation since 2014. The situation is mainly the result of renewed tension, which is now been undermined by violence between armed groups, it said. “Nutritional conditions in the […]

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