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UN Security Council threatens action against South Sudan (17.07.2014)

The U.N. Security Council warned on Wednesday it is ready to consider "appropriate measures" against warring parties in South Sudan if they do not stop the violence in the world's youngest nation and negotiate a transitional government.

Terrorism: France to redeploy its troops in Africa (17.07.2014)

The redeployment of 3,000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days. … The new operation — codenamed “Barkhane” after a crescent-shaped dune in Sahara desert — will involve Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

Mali and France sign new defence agreement (17.07.2014)

France and Mali signed a new defence pact on Wednesday, an agreement that will let Paris maintain its prominent role in a former colony whose desert north was occupied by al Qaeda-linked rebels until they were defeated by French troops last year.

EU launches first-ever development fund for CAR (17.07.2014)

The European Commission has announced a fund to link relief, rehabilitation and development in the Central African Republic, an initiative which will be financed by France, Germany, the Netherlands and private donors.

UN panel: expel militia fighters from CAR armed forces (17.07.2014)

U.N. experts have called for militia fighters to be expelled from the Central African Republic's armed forces, but other observers said that's easier said than done and might jeopardize upcoming peace talks.

Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process (17.07.2014)

Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962.

Almost 7 million need aid in Sudan, says UN (16.07.2014)

Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing aid in Sudan, the UN said Wednesday.

Mali peace talks start in Algiers after prisoner swap (16.07.2014)

Mali's government and rebels held peace talks in Algiers on Wednesday in an effort to end decades of uprisings by northern tribes, though the government said at the start it would refuse to discuss any demands for full autonomy.

Fresh attacks on Libya airport push death toll to 30 (16.07.2014)

Libya's international airport in capital Tripoli has been under renewed attack on Wednesday with the death toll reaching 30, according to security sources. … Intense fighting has been going on in Tripoli since early Sunday when Islamist armed groups launched attacks on Tripoli International Airport...

Security Council briefed on roll-out of UN peacekeeping mission (16.07.2014)

The insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains a great concern, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, highlighting the need for airlift capacity and other logistical assistance to increase the number of UN ‘blue helmets’ in the country.