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Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the twin suicide attacks that hit Saturday Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, and reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the Somali people and Government. In a statement by his spokesperson, Guterres said “He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in […]

Somalia: 200,000 bags of charcoal smuggled out to Iraq – VOA

Over 200,000 bags of Somali charcoal arrived in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, a Somali official at the United Nations told the VOA on Monday. According to the U.S. radio, Somalia regretted how over two hundred thousand bags of charcoal had left the country. Somalia is losing trees at an alarming rate to an […]

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Rapper Akon eyes solar investment program for Sierra Leone

Popular African-American Singer, record producer and philanthropist, Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam has promised to provide 5,000 solar street lights and 2,500 traffic lights to support Sierra-Leone President Bio’s energy agenda. The Senegalese-American vocalist Akon known for his R&B-style vocals, met with the president in New York on the side-lines of the ongoing United Nations […]

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UN Office, Moroccan Agency to foster South-South Cooperation

The Moroccan Agency of International Cooperation (AMCI) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote South-South cooperation in Africa. Morocco, a founding member of the African Union has made South-South cooperation an instrument for the advent of a new Africa that believes in its potential. […]

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Liberians protest to demand return of lost millions

Thousands of protesting Liberians, on Monday, carried petitions to present to embassies of the United States, the EU and the United Nations in Monrovia to demand the return of $104 million in cash that went missing on the way to the central bank. Shipping containers containing the equivalent of $104 million in Liberian banknotes or […]

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South Sudanese government must bring soldiers under control

A “lack of command and control” on the part of South Sudan’s government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors, which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. Special […]

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Mali: German peacekeepers clean explosive devices from the “road of death”

German peacekeepers from MINUSMA, the United Nations Mission in Mali have embarked on a mission to patrol the “road of death”, searching for clues of explosive devices. Located in the southwest of Gao, in the middle of the savannah, the road is one of the most dangerous in the war-stricken northern region of the West […]

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UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality

Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations marks 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, this Wednesday. “Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his video message for Nelson Mandela International Day, annually observed on July […]

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UN emergency fund releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence

A United Nations emergency fund on Thursday released $15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated during April, leading to loss of life, widespread property damage and large-scale displacements, says the UN in a press release. “Nearly one […]

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South Sudan: President Kiir, rebel leader Machar in Ethiopia for talks

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia this Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. This is the first time the rebel leader returns to Ethiopia since a peace deal broke down in 2016. He had been held under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016 after fleeing South […]

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