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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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Somalia: 283 Members of Parliament Sworn in

Forty one MPs elected to senatorial seats in the Upper House and the 242 deputies of the Lower House have taken their oaths of office on Tuesday to represent the people of Somalia in the country’s tenth Parliament. Elections for the two houses are not over after an increase in the number of seats in […]

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French Aid Worker Abducted by Armed Men in Mali

Sophie Pétronin, the head of a children’s humanitarian group was kidnapped on Christmas eve by armed men in Gao, northern Mali. A local radio station in Gao said the aid worker was affiliated with Aide Gao, a small nonprofit that helps children suffering from malnutrition. She was taken by a group of men who drove […]

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Gambia: Expatriate Professionals Call for Peaceful Resistance to Jammeh

Some fifty Gambian professionals, mostly living or working abroad, have invited their countrymen and countrywomen “to peacefully resist outgoing President Yahya Jammeh’s attempt to subvert their democratic will as expressed during the December 1st elections. In a statement released on Tuesday (December 13, 2016) the expatriate professionals called upon Gambians “to stay at home and […]

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UNMISS Boss in South Sudan Sacked

The commander of the United Nations’ peacekeeping force in South Sudan has been sacked on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office said. The move follows a damning report showing that the UNMISS Commander, Kenyan Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, was found to have displayed a lack of leadership that “culminated in a chaotic and ineffective […]

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