Africa

Hailed as leader, reformer, Annan named for 2nd term as UN Secretary-General

Six months before the end of his current mandate, Kofi Annan, a native of Ghana, was unanimously appointed today by the General Assembly for a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

After four-week sea odyssey, Liberian refugees seek asylum in Lagos: UN agency

Most of the 156 Liberian passengers on board a ship that docked last week in Lagos after a month-long odyssey at sea have indicated that they are seeking asylum in Nigeria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which completed the first day of interviews with the group on Wednesday.

Foiled coup in Central African Republic displaces over 75,000 people: UN agency

More than 75,000 people have fled their homes in the Central African Republic following a failed coup attempt last month that triggered a government crackdown on the opposition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Former jurist pleads not guilty to genocide charges at UN tribunal for Rwanda

A former Deputy Prosecutor from Rwanda today pleaded not guilty to genocide charges in his initial appearance before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania.

Security Council calls for end to hostilities in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today called for an immediate suspension of hostilities in Burundi and for the armed groups to enter into negotiations.

Security Council backs Annan's proposal for framework talks on Western Sahara

Expressing its full support for a proposal by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for new talks on Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended for five months the mandate of a United Nations mission deployed to organize a referendum for the self-determination of the Territory's people.

Member States voice strong support for Annan's re-election at UN's helm

Following a unanimous action by the General Assembly to appoint Kofi Annan to a second term as United Nations Secretary-General, representatives of various regional groups at the world body voiced their strong support for the UN leader, praising his personal integrity and dedication, as well as his professional qualities of a consummate negotiator and reform-minded manager.

Peace process in Sierra Leone making remarkable changes, Security Council told

The peace process in Sierra Leone has witnessed remarkable changes in magnitude and patterns of development in recent months, the Security Council was told this morning as it met to consider the situation in the West African State.

Annan recommends Egyptian diplomat to chair panel of experts on DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a career diplomat from Egypt to chair a panel of experts investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN chairs "constructive" talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea to solidify peace

Senior military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea and United Nations peacekeepers have held a "cordial and constructive" meeting as part of the ongoing process of solidifying peace between the two countries in the Horn of Africa, the UN announced today.