Africa

Central African Republic: after power grab, Security Council calls for protecting civilians

The Security Council called on all parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to refrain from acts of violence against civilians, following a week of fierce fighting that led to rebels seizing the capital, Bangui, on Sunday and forcing President François Bozizé to flee.

Ahead of drawdown, Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for one year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone until 31 March 2014, by when it should be fully drawn down and its responsibilities transferred to the UN country team.

Ban and officials from DR Congo discuss fragile security situation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the fragile security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister, Raymond Tshibanda N'tungamulongo.

Central African Republic: UN chief calls for restoration of constitutional order

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the swift restoration of constitutional order in the Central African Republic (CAR) after rebels seized the capital, Bangui, in fierce fighting, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.

Joint UN-AU mission in Darfur condemns arrest of internally displaced persons

The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today condemned the arrest of dozens of internally displaced persons (IDPs) by an unidentified armed group while they were en route to a national conference.

Somalia: UN envoy shocked by deadly attack on radio journalist

The United Nations envoy in Somalia today expressed shock and sadness at the killing of a female radio journalist and called on the Government to bring those responsible to justice.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers transfer rebels to authorities after peaceful surrender

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today transferred hundreds of Mayi-Mayi combatants to Kinshasa after the rebels turned over their weapons to the peacekeepers this weekend and took part in UN-led mediation.

UN peacekeepers step up patrols in western Côte d’Ivoire after deadly attack

The United Nations peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia have been reinforcing their patrols after an attack by armed elements in Petit Guiglo, in Côte d’Ivoire’s western region.

Progress in Liberia must be inclusive to ensure lasting peace – UN envoy

All Liberians must be part of their country’s progress to ensure lasting peace, a United Nations envoy said today, praising the West African nation for its advances since the end of its civil war two decades ago and stressing the role of people’s participation in the security transition process.

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda now in custody of International Criminal Court

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has welcomed the news of the transfer of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to The Hague, where he faces charges for a range of alleged war crimes, including rape, murder and the recruitment of children.