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Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Soro to run for president (15.10.2019)

Soro, 47, led the rebels that tried and failed to oust former President Laurent Gbagbo in 2002, dividing the country for nearly a decade until a second civil war in 2010-11 installed Alassane Ouattara in the presidency instead.

Pressure builds on Burundian refugees in Tanzania amid threat of forced return (15.10.2019)

A plan to repatriate some 200,000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzanian camps has raised concerns that many who fled the country to escape violence may be forced back home, just as Burundi’s 2020 elections increase the prospects of a new political crisis.

Nearly 200,000 civilians still seeking safety in PoCs: UNMISS (14.10.2019)

At least 194,954 civilians are currently seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases, the UN said.

UN pushing to halt embargo violations in Libya (14.10.2019)

The UN envoy for Libya hopes an international conference next month will produce a Security Council resolution committing foreign powers to stopping an escalating proxy war and an accelerated mechanism to enforce an arms embargo. The conference, organised by Germany, is set to be the first major...

UN mission in Libya condemns Haftar forces' airstrike that killed civilians (14.10.2019)

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the airstrike on Monday that killed three children in Al-Fernaj neighborhood in Tripoli, deploring in the strongest possible terms the reckless disregard for the lives of innocent people, and calls for the immediate cessation of such...

Al-Shabab mortar attacks hits area around Mogadishu airport (13.10.2019)

Seven people were wounded after a mortar attack by al-Shabab militants hit the area around Mogadishu airport on Sunday, Somali witnesses and officials say. The mortars landed on the heavily-guarded Halane area of the airport that houses the African Union and United Nations Mission in Somalia.

Lobbies make clarion call for justice and crimes court in Juba (12.10.2019)

[…] Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch said in separate reports this week that failure to constitute the hybrid court to try those who have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, would have a negative impact on reconciliation and national healing.

UN food depot in Mali vandalized (12.10.2019)

A demonstration in central Mali Saturday turned from protests about the deployment of Malian troops to Burkina Faso to the looting of a nearby U.N. supply depot, VOA’s French to Africa service and the United Nations said. About 1,000 people had been protesting outside the U.N. peacekeeping force...

Burundi's beleaguered government reaches out to opponents (10.10.2019)

Diplomatically isolated and its economy on the skids, Burundi is cautiously reaching out to its opponents in a bid to ease a deepening four-year-old crisis. In the past few days, President Pierre Nkurunziza's government has met with CNARED—a forum of exiled opposition figures that opposed...