Africa

20 dead in latest Ebola outbreak, UN health agency reports

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that 20 people have died of the deadly Ebola virus since the most recent outbreak struck the border region between Gabon and the Republic of the Congo.

Security zone between Ethiopia, Eritrea remains calm, UN mission says

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said today there were no troubling developments to report in the buffer zone between the two nations, which remained quiet.

Conflict in Liberia pushes Sierra Leonean refugees to return home, UN agency says

The intensifying conflict between anti-Government rebels and regular Liberian army troops, combined with reports of Liberian soldiers harassing refugees, has prompted a sharp increase in the number of Sierra Leoneans returning home, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN health agency reports 18 dead, 27 infected in latest Ebola outbreak

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 27 cases of the deadly Ebola virus since the most recent outbreak struck the border region between Gabon and the Republic of Congo.

West African leaders target trafficking in humans

Trafficking in human beings, corruption and organized crime were amongst the crimes targeted by West African leaders at their twenty-fifth summit, which concluded today in Dakar, Senegal.

Annan says fighting in Liberia could threaten regional stability, urges end to clashes

Reacting to an upsurge in fighting between Liberian government forces and armed elements, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for an end to the violence, which he warned could negatively affect stability in the sub-region.

UN agency to construct new camp for Central African refugees in DRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to construct a new camp for persons fleeing from the Central African Republic to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Secretary-General urges steps to protect global environment amid economic growth

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to environmental degradation and persisting poverty amid global economic growth, has proposed a new action plan to be considered by negotiators gathering next year in Johannesburg for a United Nations meeting on sustainable development.

Secretary-General saddened at death of Leopold Sedar-Senghor

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his deep sadness on learning of the death of Leopold Sedar-Senghor, first President of Senegal and father of Senegalese democracy.

Window of opportunity for peace in Angola: UN official

Although the humanitarian situation in Angola has deteriorated, there is a currently a window of opportunity for re-launching the peace process, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council today.