UNESCO condemns killing of Somali television reporter

The head of the United Nations agency charged with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Somali television journalist in Mogadishu.

Security Council extends mandate of UN political mission in Burundi

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi, stressing that the country must continue to make progress on protecting human rights, fighting corruption, reforming its security sector and boosting economic development.

South Sudan: UN begins airlifting relief supplies for refugees fleeing Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency today launched a massive airlift of relief supplies from Kenya to neighbouring South Sudan where an estimated 50,000 Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance after fleeing conflict in their country.

Egypt: UNESCO chief voices concern over fire damage at historic research centre

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage has voiced concern over fresh violence in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, that left 10 people dead at the weekend and resulted in a fire at a historic research centre that destroyed about 70 per cent of a valuable collection of manuscripts.

New UN financing aims to help rural farmers in Lesotho boost production

The United Nations agency that works to improve the lives of the world’s rural poor is providing $10 million to help small farmers in Lesotho boost agricultural production.

UN tribunal reaffirms decision to refer pastor’s case to Rwandan court system

The United Nations tribunal trying suspects connected to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has dismissed an appeal by a former pastor accused of inciting attacks against Tutsi civilians, reaffirming its decision to refer him for trial in the national court system.

Somalia: UN and partners urge leaders to end stand-off over Speaker

A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union and a regional organization has urged Somalia’s transitional institutions to quickly resolve a political stand-off triggered by last week’s passing by Parliament of a vote of no-confidence against the Speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.

Egypt: UN human rights chief condemns brutality against protesters

The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned what she described as the “brutal suppression” of demonstrations by the military and security forces in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, saying the violence reportedly left at least 11 people dead and more than 500 others injured over the weekend.

Darfur: UN-backed body on implementing peace pact holds inaugural meeting

A commission central to the implementation of a peace agreement between the Sudanese Government and one of the rebel movements in Darfur has held its inaugural meeting, chaired by the head of the joint UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission, Ibrahim Gambari.

Egypt: Ban voices alarm after fresh round of deadly clashes in Cairo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on transitional authorities in Egypt to show restraint after several days of clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital, Cairo, have reportedly killed at least 10 people and injured hundreds more.