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South Sudanese army claims capture of rebel stronghold (21.05.2015)

The South Sudanese army claimed Wednesday to have captured the key rebel-held town of Leer in oil-rich Unity State. It is the birthplace of former Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar and its capture follows some of the heaviest fighting of the 17-month old conflict.

Ban condemns escalated fighting in South Sudan, deplores deaths of civilians in UN camp (20.05.2015)

The United Nations has strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan.

UN Mission condemns attack against staff compound (20.05.2015)

The United Nations mission in Mali strongly condemned today an attack against a residential compound housing its military personnel in the country capital of Bamako, a spokesperson for the Organization confirmed today.

Two jihadist leaders killed in Mali, says France (20.05.2015)

French special forces have killed four jihadists, including two leaders, in a raid in north Mali, the French defence ministry says.

Burundi to postpone local, parliamentary elections one week (20.05.2015)

Presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe said the delay is at least partly a response to both domestic and international pressure.

World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council (19.05.2015)

While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country...

Burundi humanitarian crisis worsens as political tensions in country grow (19.05.2015)

The humanitarian crisis caused by the “escalating political tensions” in Burundi has worsened, according to the United Nations which today reported an uptick in the number of Burundian refugees seeking asylum and a deterioration in health conditions at refugee camps receiving them.

Three government soldiers killed in Mali rebel attack -sources (18.05.2015)

At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week.

Council establishes EU naval operation to disrupt human smugglers in the Mediterranean (18.05.2015)

The Council has agreed today (18 May) to establish an EU military operation - EUNAVFOR Med- to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean. This decision, which is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge, will enable the...

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza sacks ministers after failed coup (18.05.2015)

Burundi's president has sacked three cabinet ministers, as protests resumed after last week's failed coup. The president's spokesman denied that the dismissal of the defence, external relations and trade ministers was linked to the coup attempt.