Africa

UN report projects continued high growth rates for African economies

African economies will continue to enjoy high rates of growth this year, but that growth will only translate into job creation and poverty reduction if the State takes a larger role, according to a report released today by the United Nations.

Sudan restricts movement of aid workers in Darfur, UN reports

Sudanese authorities have announced that they are immediately restricting the movement of humanitarian workers operating in the south of the war-torn Darfur region because of ongoing military operations and security threats, the United Nations reported today.

Rwanda: UN genocide tribunal sentences former army chief to 30 years’ jail

The United Nations tribunal set up after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today convicted the country’s former army chief of committing numerous war crimes and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Tensions and insecurity persist in western Côte d’Ivoire, UN reports

Security in Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan, is improving and commercial activities such as retail trade and banking are resuming, but tensions remain high in other parts of the country, notably the west, where outbreaks of violence have been recorded, the United Nations reported today.

UN official urges continued support for Burundi’s peacebuilding efforts

Burundi is making commendable efforts to consolidate its post-conflict peacebuilding process, the United Nations top official in the central African country told the Security Council today, calling on the international community to continue supporting its steps towards sustainable development.

Darfur: UN-African peacekeeping force to probe Sudanese air strikes

The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today voiced deep concern after Sudanese military forces carried out air strikes against a town and a village in the south of the war-wracked region.

UN agency confirms death of staff member after attack in Ethiopia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that one if its staff members was killed and two others remain missing after an ambush in Ethiopia’s remote Somali region.

ICC prosecutor asks court to issue arrest warrant for Libyan leader

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today asked the court’s judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, one of his sons and the head of the country’s intelligence forces, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity during the ongoing conflict in the North African nation.

Libya: UN envoy visits Tripoli for talks with senior Government officials

The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body's ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country.

UNICEF welcomes Rwandan plan to reduce mother-child transmission of HIV

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed Rwanda's announcement that it is starting a nationwide campaign to eliminate the transmission of HIV from a mother to her child.