UN envoy strongly condemns murder of Somali radio director

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly condemned the murder of radio director Abukar Mohamed Kadaf, who was shot dead last night in the capital, Mogadishu, and called on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

International Criminal Court to deliver its first verdict next month

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced today that next month it will deliver its first ever verdict, issuing a judgment in the war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese man accused of participating in the recruitment of child soldiers.

UN envoy confident Libya can overcome challenges and pursue democracy

The top United Nations envoy to Libya today expressed confidence that the North African nation will be able to overcome current difficulties and pursue the path towards the goals it committed itself to when the popular uprising began a year ago.

Gunmen kill blue helmet serving with UN-AU mission in Darfur

A peacekeeper serving with the joint United Nations-African Union operation in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region has been killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed a patrol earlier today.

Security Council urges prompt action by Gulf of Guinea nations to counter piracy

The Security Council today urged countries of the region of the Gulf of Guinea to take prompt action to develop and implement to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea.

UN-backed climate forum forecasts erratic rainy season in Horn of Africa

The main rainy season in the Greater Horn of Africa is likely to receive “near normal to below normal rainfall” over much of the region between March and May, a United Nations-backed climate forecasting forum reported today.

Head of UN-backed treaty voices concern at mass elephant killings in Cameroon

Voicing grave concern over reports of mass elephant killings in northern Cameroon, the head of the United Nations-backed convention on endangered species called for effective action to manage and conserve these animals and for the control of trade in elephant ivory.

In Angola, UN chief launches annual polio eradication drive

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a national polio vaccination campaign in Angola, where the crippling disease has returned despite being eradicated in 2001, and praised the Government for its leadership on the issue.

UN spearheads new drug standards to save African herds from deadly disease

Improved drug standards aimed at protecting the quality of veterinary medicines used to treat a deadly infectious disease will help save the herds of millions of African smallholder farmers from decimation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

UN tribunal transfers another genocide case to Rwandan authorities

The United Nations tribunal trying key suspects implicated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has transferred to Rwandan authorities the case of Fulgence Kayishema, an indicted former police inspector who remains at large.