Africa

Increasing ethnic violence in DR Congo has led to serious humanitarian crisis – UN

The substantial increase in violence among ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to a serious humanitarian crisis, displacing thousands of people who live in hostile conditions, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today.

UN concerned about protection of civilians amid reports of violence in Central African Republic

The United Nations humanitarian office has voiced serious concerns about the protection of civilians amid reports of widespread looting and violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), where an armed rebel group had threatened to march on the capital.

Secretary-General Ban welcomes meeting of leaders of Sudan and South Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the holding on Friday of a meeting of the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan, aimed at resolving a range of issues between their countries, according to his spokesperson.

Darfur: two abducted UN peacekeepers freed after 136 days in captivity

Two United Nations peacekeepers, Hasan Al-Mazawdeh and Qasim Al-Sarhan, both Jordanian nationals, who had been abducted in Sudan’s Darfur region were released today, after 136 days in captivity.

UN chief and envoy voice sorrow and offer aid in wake of deadly stampede in Cote d’Ivoire

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy in Côte d'Ivoire have expressed their sorrow over a deadly stampede which took place in the early hours of the new year in the country’s biggest city, killing some 60 people.

Former Timorese president José Ramos-Horta appointed UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta as the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau.

UN renews call for dialogue to resolve crisis in Central African Republic

The United Nations continues to follow the situation in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) with serious concern and calls on both the Government and the rebels to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

UN peacekeeping mission dismisses rumours related to armed group in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today dismissed several rumours related to the presence of an armed group in the country’s east.