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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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U.N. needs $4 bln by March to ‘avert a catastrophe’ in 4 countries

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the global body needs over $4 billion by the end of next-month to help nearly 20 million people who risk starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. “Despite some generous pledges, just $90 million has actually been received so far,” said Guterres, about two […]

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South Africa: ICC withdrawal is unconstitutional, says High Court

A High Court in South Africa has ruled that the government’s move to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was ‘unconstitutional and invalid.’ “The cabinet’s decision to deliver the notice of withdrawal… without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid,” said Judge Phineas Mojapelo in the North Gauteng High Court. The court has subsequently instructed […]

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UN agencies ring alarm bell over hunger-affected South Sudan

South Sudan has declared famine in some parts of the country as half of the population is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity. The country remains in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 1 million people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned on Monday. Famine has been formally declared […]

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CAR: U.N. air strikes repulse rebels, kill scores

The United Nations’ troops have repulsed armed militiamen over the weekend from entering the town of Bambari, in the eastern part of the Central African Republic. A statement released by MINUSCA said it has intervened using a UN attack helicopter to stop militiamen of former Seleka rebel group, the Front Populaire Pour la Renaissance de […]

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South Sudan Rejects UN Trusteeship

South Sudanese government this weekend rejected the United Nations’ trusteeship proposal, calling the international community to support implementation of the African Union-brokered peace deal rather than impose an external trusteeship regime. “It is our right. It is our country. We fought for it. We achieved the independence through referendum. The people of South Sudan decided […]

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Somalia: U.N. Issues Pre-Famine Alert

The United Nations on Thursday called for a massive and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in the coming weeks in Somalia, as the drought-hit nation is on the brink of its second famine in six years. “This is the time to act to prevent another famine in Somalia,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, […]

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UN Rebukes South Sudan over July Rapes, Killings

The United Nations on Monday accused South Sudan for failing to render justice after “grave human rights abuses” were committed during an explosion of violence in the world youngest nation in July. More than 300 people, including at least 73 civilians, were killed during deadly clashes between Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice-President […]

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Two Moroccan UN Peacekeepers killed in CAR

The United Nations’ mission in Central African Republic on Wednesday said two Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers were killed and two others wounded by unknown attackers in the southeast of the country. The mission said in a statement the peacekeepers were escorting fuel trucks on Tuesday afternoon when they were attacked, adding that the assailants fled into […]

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UN Welcomes Inclusive Political Agreement in DRC

United Nations Secretariat General has welcomed the signing by the opposition and the presidential majority of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. After bitter and long negotiations, the comprehensive and inclusive political peace agreement of the DR Congo has […]

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