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MSF in Sudan to pull out of war-torn Blue Nile, parts of Darfur (29.01.2015)

The group said that total denial of access to Blue Nile state, forced closure of activities in East Darfur and administrative obstacles in South Darfur had made its work in those conflict-hit areas impossible.

Sudan and South Sudan’s merging conflicts – new ICG report (29.01.2015)

The conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly merged. Halting drift toward a Uganda-Sudan proxy war on the Sudan-South Sudan border requires better coordination by regional organisations and more engagement by influential outside powers, notably China and the U.S., including via the UN...

What next for Libya? (29.01.2015)

In a 27 January attack claimed by IS, gunmen stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel popular with UN officials and diplomats, killing at least nine people, among them five foreigners. It was the deadliest in a series of incidents, which suggest that IS supporters in Libya are growing more assertive as the...

Amnesty calls for UN sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya (29.01.2015)

Rights group Amnesty International called on Wednesday for targeted U.N. sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.

Parties agree ‘in principle’ to move UN-mediated political talks to Libya (29.01.2015)

Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed “on the principle” of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available.

Congo declares start of campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels (29.01.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Thursday declared the official start of operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels, but a senior army official said combat had not yet begun. … An attack on the group by the FARDC and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) has been expected since the...

Central African Republic government says rejects ceasefire deal (29.01.2015)

The government of Central African Republic said on Thursday it rejected a ceasefire deal made in Kenya between two militia groups aimed at ending more than a year of clashes and attacks in which thousands have died.

Secretary-General apoints new head of mission for Abyei (28.01.2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Haile Tilahun Gebremariam of Ethiopia as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Somali political crisis delaying state rebuilding - UN envoy (28.01.2015)

A political crisis that has produced Somalia's third prime minister in just over a year has delayed work to draw up a new constitution and steps needed to prepare for a referendum and election in 2016, U.N. envoy Nick Kay said on Wednesday.

Somali president renews amnesty offer for Al-Shabab members (28.01.2015)

The comments follow the defection of al-Shabab's former intelligence chief, Zakraiya Ismail Hersi, and what the government said is a steady flow of "foot soldiers" abandoning the militants.