Sudan, UN discuss arrangements for third phase of UNAMID’s withdrawal (13.02.2019)

The meeting has also discussed the ongoing efforts to support stability in Darfur and the transition from humanitarian relief to reconstruction and development as well as the ongoing arrangements to implement the third phase of the UNAMID exit strategy.

Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan, many ‘suffering from trauma’ (12.02.2019)

Over the past few days thousands of desperate civilians have been fleeing a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria state, seeking safety in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

‘Urgent need’ to stop Mali violence with ‘effective’ military response: UN expert (12.02.2019)

Alioune Tine noted that central and northern areas, where conditions are continuing to worsen, and the Government presence is weak, are being particularly hard hit. That, combined with growing extremist violence, combined with counter-terrorism operations by Malian and international forces - as...

Islamic militants' deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls (12.02.2019)

Nigeria's government now acknowledges an extremist resurgence, this time by a Boko Haram offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, the IS group's largest presence outside the Middle East, estimated to have more than 3,000 fighters.

Opposition groups set up new alliance for three regions in South Sudan (09.02.2019)

Three holdout opposition groups announced on Friday the establishment of a new alliance group calling for three autonomous governments in Bhar El Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria. The National Alliance for Democracy And Freedom Action (NADAFA) is founded by the People’s Democratic Movement, the...

Conflict erupts for control of Libya's largest oil field (08.02.2019)

Fighting has broken out over the future of Libya’s largest oil field, as forces loyal to the UN-recognised Tripoli-based government battle Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the leading figure in fractured Libya’s east.

Riek Machar plans to return to Juba in May, says UN envoy (06.02.2019)

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar is planning to return to Juba in May under a power-sharing deal that a UN envoy said Tuesday offered the "best chance" of ending the war.

Senior Somali military officer killed in roadside bombing (06.02.2019)

[…] The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. Tuesday’s attack came as the U.S. military increased airstrikes against al-Shabab. … The latest two strikes bring the total number of airstrikes against al-Shabab this year to 11. Last year the United States carried out 47...

Lack of funds could put more than half of Libya local elections on hold (06.02.2019)

At least 69 municipal councils out of 120 in Libya may not hold elections in March due to a lack of funding by the UN-backed government according to the head of the elections committee. … UNSMIL along with the United Nations Development Programme has been offering technical and logistical support...

UN chief hails signing of new peace agreement (06.02.2019)

Following the signing of a peace agreement between the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 non-state armed groups active in the country on Wednesday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, congratulated all stakeholders and encouraged them to now “live up to...