Africa

Citing action on terrorism, Security Council lifts sanctions against the Sudan

Welcoming the accession of the Sudan to United Nations conventions against terrorism, the Security Council today decided to terminate international sanctions against the country.

Annan urges Kigali, Kinshasa to end conflict in eastern DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to use their influence to stop the ongoing armed conflict in eastern DRC, which he said threatens to undermine the peace process.

DR of Congo: UN mission reports intensified fighting in eastern region

Fighting by various factions, including foreign troops, is escalating in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country.

Central African Republic: Security Council reiterates call for national talks

Expressing deep concern at the "precarious" situation in the Central African Republic, the Security Council today reiterated its call for all parties in the country to engage in political dialogue, national reconciliation and respect for human rights.

Rwanda: former finance minister transferred to UN criminal tribunal for trial

A former Minister of Finance in the 1994 Interim Government of Rwanda has been transferred from Belgium to the United Nations detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania, after being arrested at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Zimbabwe declared ineligible to use IMF resources

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared Zimbabwe ineligible to use the IMF's general resources in view of the country's late repayments of financial obligations to the institution.

Sierra Leone: disarmament begins in two more districts, UN Mission reports

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) announced today that disarmament of armed combatants had begun in two more of the country's districts.

United Kingdom pledges major backing for UN project to save great apes

The Government of the United Kingdom today pledged substantial support for an international project to save the Earth's remaining great apes - a move that was immediately hailed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which launched the effort.

Citing insurance concerns, UN temporarily pulls staff from Somalia

The United Nations today announced a temporary pull-out of all its international personnel from Somalia, citing the withdrawal of war risks coverage by the insurance company that covers UN flights.

UN tribunal for Rwanda requests more judges to tackle heavy caseload

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has asked the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly for a pool of ad litem - or short-term - judges to help accelerate its work.