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EU NAVFOR marks ten years off Horn of Africa (06.12.2018)

[…] Reflecting on the last 10 years, the Deputy Commander of EU NAVFOR, Rear Admiral Giuseppe Rapese, highlighted that although pirate attacks still occur, commercial shipping can transit the region in relative safety, knowing that naval forces are present and able to assist if necessary. He went...

Burundi orders UN to close Human Rights office in Bujumbura (06.12.2018)

Burundi’s government has reportedly asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to close its office in the country within two months, according to foreign ministry and UN sources. … Burundi had suspended collaboration with the human rights office since October 2016.

First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva (05.12.2018)

[…] Delegations from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania are present at the roundtable meeting in Geneva. It will involve two days of talks that have been convened by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, former President Horst Köhler of Germany, the UN confirmed in a...

US reopens diplomatic mission in Somalia after 28-year closure (05.12.2018)

The US has established its first diplomatic presence in Somalia for nearly 30 years. The state department said the "historic event" reflected the progress the east African nation had made. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is heading the embassy in Mogadishu. Previously it had been based in Nairobi,...

Somali officials report deadly US-backed raid on al-Shabab (05.12.2018)

Somali commandos backed by U.S. forces raided two al-Shabab checkpoints at which the extremists extort money from commercial vehicles, killing several fighters, Somali intelligence officials said Wednesday.

Aid groups accuse UN of manipulating data ahead of Congo polls (05.12.2018)

Aid agencies working in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the United Nations of manipulating data ahead of elections to give an overly positive impression of the situation in a country beset by conflict and disease. They say new figures from the U.N. humanitarian agency that show a...

NATO says ready to help rebuild Libya's security and military institutions (04.12.2018)

NATO is prepared to help Libya rebuild its security and military institutions, the alliance's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a meeting Tuesday with the Head of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Al-Sirraj in Brussels.

16,000 people displaced from Jebel Marra since September: UNAMID (03.12.2018)

The hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) chief, Jeremiah Mamabolo, on Sunday said thousands of people have been displaced due to continued clashes between government forces and armed groups in Darfur. … Although the UNAMID chief has refrained from naming a specific armed group involved in...

UN condemns spate of "brutal" sexual attacks in South Sudan (03.12.2018)

[…] According to the UN mission there, over the last ten days around125 women and girls have sought treatment after having been sexually assaulted, as they walked along roads near Nhialdu and Guit on their way to the town near the Sudanese border. They were also robbed and beaten.

Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns (29.11.2018)

A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of...