Africa

UN welcomes Morocco's arrest of 6 of its peacekeepers for sexual assault in DR of Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the Government of Morocco's decision to arrest six of its soldiers who were accused of sexual assault on civilians in the African Great Lakes country.

56,000 in eastern DR of Congo get emergency aid from UN relief agencies

As people fleeing fighting between Lendu and Hema militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gathered from Lake Albert northwards, humanitarian workers distributed emergency aid to 56,000 of them, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Four injured as UN helicopter crashes in Côte d'Ivoire

Four members of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire were injured yesterday when the helicopter they were riding in crashed.

As deadly violence strikes Togo, Annan urges restraint on all sides

Following a deadly clash today in Togo's turbulent capital, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on those responsible to reign in their actions.

UN refugee agency prepares for start of large-scale repatriation to Liberia

The United Nations refugee agency is preparing for the start next week of a potentially dramatic increase in the repatriation of Liberians, with plans to help more than 100,000 exiles return to the once war-torn West African country ahead of elections scheduled for October under the new peace agreement.

Cancelling Africa’s debt must take centre stage at G-7 meeting in July, UN envoy says

With more money flowing out of Africa than flowing in, the Group of Seven (G-7) richest countries must hammer out an agreement from the proposals now on the table to reduce or eliminate Africa’s escalating debt, the United Nations envoy combating HIV/AIDS on the continent said today.

Pastoralists' meeting shared ideas on sustainable development – UN

More than 100 pastoralist leaders were assembled in Ethiopia by United Nations agencies for a meeting to share ideas on sustainable development and introduce governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ways of enhancing their socio-economic contributions.

UN decries killing of BBC journalist, attack on private media firm in Somalia

United Nations officials today condemned the killing of a BBC journalist Wednesday in Somalia as well as a recent grenade attack on the headquarters of a private media firm in the Horn of Africa country’s capital, Mogadishu.

UN official calls for 'walking-distance' access to communication technologies for every African

Well-defined roles must guide national and regional actions in building Africa's information and communications technologies, paving the way for easy access by all people on the continent, according to the head of the United Nations regional commission for Africa.

Militias clash in eastern DR of Congo, killing 52 civilians, UN mission says

More than 50 people were killed and thousands displaced in the latest clashes between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups in the eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.