Secretary-General congratulates Lesotho for holding of peaceful elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates the people of Lesotho for conducting peaceful elections recently for the African country's National Assembly, his spokesperson said overnight.

Long-term investment crucial for Somalia's recovery, development – UN envoy

The top United Nations official for Somalia today called for greater investment in the Horn of Africa nation, as international partners gathered to renew their commitment to the country's recovery and development and to support the ongoing political transition.

UN calls for better civilian protection as DR Congo violence uproots tens of thousands

With close to 100,000 people uprooted from their homes by the recent wave of violence in the province of North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN humanitarian agency today renewed its call for better measures to protect civilians and more aid for distressed families.

With needs rising, UN refugee agency issues fresh appeal to assist uprooted Malians

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for $153.7 million to assist Malians uprooted by insecurity and taking refuge in neighbouring countries in West Africa’s Sahel region, sharply revising the funding request made earlier this year.

UN tribunal convicts former Rwandan minister of youth for genocide

The United Nations tribunal trying key suspects implicated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today convicted the country’s former youth minister of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Too few teachers and resources hindering students in sub-Saharan Africa – UN

Primary school students in sub-Saharan Africa face numerous challenges in their education, including overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls, according to a United Nations survey.

Abducted UN aid worker freed after almost three months in captivity in Darfur

After close to three months in captivity in Darfur, Sudan, a staff member of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been released.

Special Court sentences former Liberian leader Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today sentenced convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for planning and for aiding and abetting crimes committed by Sierra Leonean rebel forces during the country's decade-long civil war.

ICC upholds decision to drop war crimes charges against Rwandan rebel leader

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed the Prosecution's appeal against the decision to drop war crimes charges against a Rwandan rebel leader for his alleged role in deadly fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2009.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali journalist, calls for justice

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Somali journalist and called on local authorities to ensure that those responsible for crimes against media professionals are punished for their deeds.