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Somali survivors tell of restaurant siege by rebels; 31 dead (15.06.2017)

At least 31 people are dead after the overnight siege of a popular restaurant in Somalia's capital by al-Shabab Islamic extremists, ended Thursday morning by security forces with all five attackers killed. Police said many victims were killed at point-blank range after being hunted down.

UN investigators say Burundian forces still torturing, killing opponents (15.06.2017)

Burundian security forces and allied militia are still abducting, torturing and killing people with almost total impunity, UN investigators said on Thursday, an accusation fiercely denied by Burundi.

AUPSC renews UNAMID mandate, reduces force strength (14.06.2017)

The African Union Peace and Security Council of (AUPSC) on Monday extended for 12 months the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Also, it decided to reduce by nearly a half the strength of the hybrid peacekeeping mission which should also see her mandate changed...

Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur (14.06.2017)

The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (14.06.2017)

The Security Council decided today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until March 2018, as previously set out in resolution 2158 (2014).

UN report: UAE violates Libya arms embargo (14.06.2017)

[…] The UN’s Libya Sanctions Committee report, released on Friday, reveals the UAE has supplied attack helicopters and other military aircraft to the Libyan forces of renegade General Khalifa Haftar, in violation of UN-backed international sanctions against the regime.

UN report cites numerous sources of illegal funding for Libyan militias (14.06.2017)

A UN report has concluded that ‘‘a variety of sources of funding are available to (Libyan) armed groups’’, assessing that there are ‘‘four important sources of funding: fuel smuggling, trafficking in persons, interference with institutions and the local arms trade.’’ … The UN report highlighted the...

Chinese peacekeeping helicopters arrive in Sudan (13.06.2017)

China’s first peacekeeping helicopter unit has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to join the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The first elements of the team, comprising two Mi-171 helicopters and 12 personnel, arrived on 11 June, reports Xinhua.

Africa leaders push South Sudan sides to revive peace, delay vote (13.06.2017)

East African leaders said late on Monday they would try and push South Sudan's warring sides to revive collapsed peace efforts and delay elections currently scheduled for August next year to a more realistic date. Heads of state meeting in Ethiopia said they would set up a forum where the rivals...

'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy (13.06.2017)

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. “The continued threat by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to regional...