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Rwanda agrees to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya

The Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced the government’s plan to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya. The migrants – mostly from Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia – had fled conflict and economic instability, hoping to join Europe through the Mediterranean sea. According to Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, the government was ready […]

U.N. extends arms sanctions on Eritrea, Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended the arms embargo imposed on Eritrea and Somalia. Eleven members of the council voted in favor of the resolution, while four abstained. The Council also extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15 December 2018, a UN statement said. The arms embargo on […]

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US Envoy to United Nations visits Africa

The United States President Donald Trump’s special envoy has kicked off an official visit to Africa, starting from Ethiopia on Monday. America’s United Nations envoy Nikki Haley is expected to hold meetings with members of the Ethiopian government and officials of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. According to a statement from the US […]

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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, […]

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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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