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German ex-President Horst Köhler quits UN Western Sahara role (23.05.2019)

Horst Köhler, who was president of Germany for six years, has left his post as UN envoy for the territory of Western Sahara. His departure on health grounds leaves efforts to resolve a decades-long dispute in limbo.

Stopping the war for Tripoli – new ICG briefing (23.05.2019)

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s march on Tripoli has ground to a halt in a war of attrition with the internationally recognised government’s forces on the city’s outskirts. The parties should conclude a ceasefire including Haftar’s partial withdrawal as a prelude to renewed UN peace talks.

UN creates new Ebola chief role to tackle security, political issues in Congo (23.05.2019)

The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday, creating a new position to boost efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people. … David Gressly, currently deputy chief of the UN's MONUSCO peacekeeping...

Somalia’s population, international partners must be energized to sustain country’s ‘upward trajectory,’ says senior UN official (22.05.2019)

Despite Somalia’s persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a “positive trajectory,” the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday.

Libya's Haftar reportedly rules out cease-fire in talks with France's Macron (22.05.2019)

Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar told French President Emmanuel Macron that conditions for a cease-fire were not in place, although he would be ready to talk if those conditions were met, a French presidency official said. Macron and French officials have for several weeks called for an...

UN: Armed group kills more than 30 in Central African Republic (22.05.2019)

More than 30 people were killed and many more wounded when an armed group attacked villages in northwestern Central African Republic on Tuesday, the UN's peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) said.

UN Security Council condemns attack on UNAMID base in West Darfur (21.05.2019)

The UN Security Council "strongly" condemned the looting of the West Darfur Headquarters of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Geneina on 14 May 2019. On the eve of UNAMID’s scheduled handover of its headquarters in El Geneina to the Sudanese authorities, an...

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’ - top UN official (21.05.2019)

The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.

Experienced technocrat to head government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (21.05.2019)

The DR Congo has a new prime minister: Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba. Who is this head of government chosen as a compromise between the former and the current presidents and what can the Congolese expect of him?

Nigerian peacekeeper killed in Timbuktu (19.05.2019)

A Nigerian UN peacekeeper has been killed and another injured by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu, in northern Mali, the UN says. A separate incident in Tessalit left three Chadian peacekeepers injured. Nearly 200 members of the UN mission have died since it was set up in 2013, making it the...