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Two UN Peacekeepers killed in DRC

Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson announced. “The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated to Goma for medical assistance,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters, in New York, […]

Eritrea urged UN to lift ‘unjustified’ arms sanctions

Eritrean government this weekend called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to lift the arms sanctions imposed on it by the council since 2009. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Horn of Africa tiny nation’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Osman Saleh Mohammed urged the U.N to do more to truly […]

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Togo must respond to “protesters’ expectations” – UN

The United Nations envoy to the West African region urged authorities in Togo to respond to people’s “legitimate expectations” as demonstrations in the tiny nation called for President Faure Gnassingbé to step down and end a five decade dynasty that saw his father rule the country for 38 years. “I remain convinced that all parties […]

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Security Council extends African-led mission in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council Wednesday extended its authorization of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 31 May 2018, approving a reduction of its uniformed personnel to a maximum 21,626 by 31 December 2017, with an eye towards the gradual handover over of responsibilities to Somali security forces, the UN announced in a […]

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Sierra Leone: mass burial begins, 600 still missing

A seven-day national mourning commenced in Sierra Leone on Wednesday as the West African nation starts burying hundreds of victims of the mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital Freetown on Monday morning. A coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, told Reuters that at least 400 bodies have been recovered, while the Red Cross […]

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Liberia: U.N. calls for ‘credible and transparent’ 2017 polls

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council on Wednesday called on stakeholders in Liberia to uphold peace during the general elections in the country later this year and ensure that the polls are ‘free, fair, credible and transparent.’ The Council tasked the government to put in place an election security plan which will see a transfer […]

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Tourism now contributes to about 8.5% to Africa’s GDP

African governments should make it easier and safer for Africans to travel within the continent and improve the tourism sector as it accounts for 14% jobs across the continent, the United Nations said in a new report. In the introduction to its Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 titled “Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth”, […]

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CAR: UN calls for aid for civilians swept up in ‘new spiral of escalating violence’

Warning that violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly escalating, the top United Nations aid official in the country Thursday urged the international community to assist the tens of thousands of newly displaced civilians, the UN said in a press release. Speaking to representatives of UN Member States in Geneva, Najat Rochdi, the […]

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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 […]

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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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