Africa

As threat of hunger rises in Malawi, UN food agency appeals for urgent aid

With the number of Malawians threatened by hunger climbing to more than 5 million, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged donors to quickly provide crucially needed aid to offset a crisis marked by sharp rises in malnutrition rates and maize prices three months earlier than the traditional lean season.

Central African Republic: UN refugee agency ‘very concerned’ over new unrest

Voicing serious concern over continuing unrest in northern areas of the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations refugee agency said today it had received reports that up to 3,000 people could be headed toward the border with Chad after an attack Tuesday on the town of Markounda by an unidentified armed group.

Sudan: Annan 'appalled' by attack on displaced persons camp in Darfur region

Saying he was "particularly appalled" by Wednesday's deadly attack on an internally displaced persons' (IDPs) camp in Sudan's Darfur region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for an immediate halt to attacks, as well as action by the country's Government to protect its people and redoubled efforts from all sides to achieve peace.

UN official condemns plan to expel displaced from church grounds in Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations Emergency Coordinator today condemned a proposed move to expel nearly 3,000 displaced people forcefully from a Roman Catholic mission in Côte d'Ivoire, announced in a Government circular this week, as counter to humanitarian principles.

Annan urges Iraqis to confront terror with resolve to pursue peace and democracy

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Iraqis of all persuasions to stand firm in the face of the appalling suicide bomb attacks which have killed scores of people over the last two days.

Former Rwandan radio chief pleads not guilty at UN trial on genocide charges

A member of the steering committee of Rwanda's now defunct, privately-owned Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM), which incited listeners to ethnic hatred, pleaded not guilty today to five counts in connection with the 1994 genocide.

Security Council extends mission's mandate in DR of Congo until end of October

The Security Council, faced with the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) expiring today, extended it for one month, until the end of October.

UN-affiliated Special Court for Sierra Leone raises $10 million

The United Nations-affiliated Special Court for Sierra Leone received nearly $10 million from Member States today for the next year, but the amount fell far short of the estimated $25 million needed to continue bringing to justice those accused of having committed serious crimes during the West African country's 1990s civil war.

UN’s intellectual property model to help developing countries makes good progress

A year-old United Nations project aimed at helping developing country health research institutions to protect and commercialize their results has reached its halfway point, with 90 newly trained experts in patents and licences, the coordinating World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said today.

Sudan: UN refugee agency voices 'grave concern' at deadly new attack on Darfur camp

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced "grave concern" over an "unprecedented attack," purportedly by armed Arab men, on a camp for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Sudan's Darfur region that is reported to have left 29 people dead and another 10 seriously wounded.