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Italy reopening embassy in Libya two years after closure (12.01.2017)

Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, its foreign ministry said on Monday, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country.

South Sudan rejects 4,000 additional UN peacekeepers (11.01.2017)

[…] "The government of South Sudan has the ability to provide security and stability for the country and for its citizens without the deployment of a ... protection force," South Sudan's Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Mawien Makol Ariik said on Wednesday. The government's move is a reversal of its...

Paying for AMISOM: Are Politics and Bureaucracy Undermining the AU’s Largest Peace Operation? (11.01.2017)

How a peace operation is financed is always an important issue. But money matters for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have recently become highly politicized. This is in large part because of the complicated set of arrangements and mechanisms that are required to fund AMISOM.

EUCAP Sahel Mali: mission extended for two years, €29.7 million budget adopted (11.01.2017)

On 11 January 2017, the Council extended the mandate of the EU mission EUCAP Sahel Mali for two years, until 14 January 2019. The Council also allocated a budget of €29.7 million to the mission for the period from 15 January 2017 to 14 January 2018.

Germany to deploy helicopters, more soldiers to UN mission in Mali (11.01.2017)

Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved the deployment of eight attack and transport helicopters as well as 350 additional soldiers to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, sources told Reuters.

Hafter helicoptered to Russian carrier for formal visit (11.01.2017)

Russia today gave its clearest show of support so far for Libya’s eastern armed forces commander, Khalifa Hafter, flying him by helicopter from Tobruk for talks aboard the Kuznetsov, Moscow’s only aircraft carrier cruising off the Libya coast. … But the symbolism of the visit, with the rival...

Top UN peacekeeping official pushes for endorsement of DRC political accord (11.01.2017)

Addressing the Security Council, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today urged the international community to push for a swift endorsement of the so-called 31 December political accord in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to put in place a transitional government of...

DRC political talks enter scond phase (11.01.2017)

The second phase of political talks about how to implement a New Year's Eve deal on the transfer of power has begun in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If applied, the agreement will pave the way for the departure of President Joseph Kabila and elections this year.

Ivory Coast's Ouattara names new government with few changes (11.01.2017)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new, slightly smaller government on Wednesday, though there were few changes to major positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television.

Lack of justice over war crimes fuels spiralling violence - Amnesty (11.01.2017)

Perpetrators of war crimes including murder and rape in Central African Republic are going unpunished and fuelling worsening violence in the country, Amnesty International said on Wednesday as it called for funds to rebuild the national justice system.