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Martin Kobler: 'Rescue missions attract people smugglers' (29.12.2016)

Some 1,400 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast earlier this week. DW talks to the UN's senior diplomat in Libya, Martin Kobler, about the downside of rescue operations -and the prospect of billions more migrants.

Ethnic cleansing going on in South Sudan: UN commission (01.12.2016)

Ethnic cleansing is taking place in some areas of South Sudan and the stage is set for a repeat of the Rwandan genocide, the head of the UN commission of human rights in the country said on Thursday at the end of a 10-day visit.

Bureaucratic obstacles hindering relief work must stop, says senior UN official (30.11.2016)

Expressing deep concern over the impact of a series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints on relief operations, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan has called on all parties to allow free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.

US, UN warn of intensified violence in South Sudan (30.11.2016)

[…] “We have credible information that the South Sudanese government is currently targeting civilians in Central Equatoria and preparing for large-scale attacks in the coming days or weeks,” Keith Harper, the US representative at the UN Human Rights Council, said in Geneva.

Militants strike north Mali airports with suicide truck, rockets (30.11.2016)

Militants have struck two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said on Wednesday, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert jihadists intensifying their insurgency. … A UN security source said that the attackers had...

Libyan commander visits Russia to ask for help fighting Islamists (30.11.2016)

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday and said he was seeking Moscow's help in his fight against Islamist militants at home.

Fear grows that DRC violence inevitable if Kabila stays in power (30.11.2016)

Joseph Kabila's second and last term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo comes to an end December 19. However, a court ruling states he could remain in power since elections were not held in November to determine his successor.

Canada extends UN South Sudan deployment (29.11.2016)

Canada has extended its small deployment of soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan this year despite concerns about its viability and soldiers' safety, an internal Canadian government memo showed.

Protecting Mali’s peace: the role of civil society (29.11.2016)

Malians voted last week to appoint 12,000 local officials. … Yet the effective establishment of interim authorities designated by government and the groups who signed Mali’s 2015 peace agreement continues to be delayed in northern regions. In light of this and renewed insecurity, some question the...