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China pledges to work with Africa in fighting militancy after Mali attack (26.11.2015)

China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the fight against violent extremism after an attack last week by Islamist militants in Mali killed 19 people, including three Chinese citizens, China's foreign minister said on Thursday.

France, Italy see need to stop Islamic State in Libya (26.11.2015)

World powers need to step up efforts to stop Islamic State gaining ground in Libya while keeping up the fight against the militant group in Syria and Iraq, France and Italy said on Thursday. … "It will be fundamental for everyone to give absolute priority ... to the Libya dossier, which risks...

The landscape of armed groups in the eastern Congo (26.11.2015)

Two years ago, Congolese armed forces celebrated a historic victory against the M23 rebellion, raising hopes that the cycle of violence in the eastern Congo was petering out. Today, however, disappointment has set it. At least seventy armed groups are active in the eastern Congo, and approximately...

Catholic bishops urge Congolese to can Kabila (26.11.2015)

Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church called on citizens on Thursday to defy any attempt by President Joseph Kabila to hold on to power beyond the end of his term next year.

South Sudanese minister contests additional deployment of UN peacekeeping troops (25.11.2015)

A South Sudanese minister has contested a planned deployment of more United Nations peace keeping forces to the world’s youngest county, saying the government was yet to receive a comprehensive report and briefing about the necessity to deploy more troops when the government has already signed a...

Khartoum, Juba to discuss activation of buffer zone (25.11.2015)

A high-level South Sudanese delegation will arrive in Khartoum at the end of the first week of December to resume discussions on the implementation of security arrangements agreed since September 2012.

Germany to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali for peacekeeping mission (25.11.2015)

Germany is ready to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country and to help France in the region, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday. … She added that Germany also planned to increase the number of soldiers...

UN welcomes Southern Libya peace, urges national deal (25.11.2015)

The United Nations welcomed a peace agreement signed by two tribes in southern Libya and reiterated its calls for the approval of a national pact to end more than a year of political crisis in the country. Qatar brokered the deal between the Tuareg and Tebu tribes in the town of Ubari, and the...

HoR rejectionists warn of Libya split if national unity government is approved (25.11.2015)

A group of HoR members from the east of the country have issued a new statement rejecting the proposed Government of National Accord (GNA), to be headed by Tripoli member Faiez Serraj. They described it as “a foreign tutelage”. … The statement follows that of 92 HoR members who yesterday declared...

UN rights chief deplores suspension of human rights groups, warns of ‘civil war’ (25.11.2015)

The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the Burundian authorities’ suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including several working on peace and human rights issues, warning against a relapse into “full-fledged civil war.”