Africa

Sierra Leonean judge elected head of UN-backed war crimes tribunal

A Sierra Leonean judge has taken over as the new President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst acts committed during the long and brutal civil war in the West African nation.

UN maritime agency pledges support to repress piracy off Somali coast

The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged that his agency will help Somalia repress piracy off its coast and in the Gulf of Aden, including through assisting in the creation of a national coast guard.

Darfur: joint African-UN force takes part in ceremony aimed at reducing ethnic tensions

The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur has participated in a reconciliation ceremony in the north of the region that is aimed at halting a spate of recent inter-tribal clashes that have killed at least two dozen people.

Police officers with UN force in Liberia stymie mass attempt at prison escape

Police officers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia have helped foil an attempted mass jail break this weekend from a prison in the West African nation’s capital, Monrovia.

DR Congo: UN peacekeeping chief calls for probe into killings by armed forces

The head of United Nations peacekeeping has called for a joint investigation into the targeted killing this year of dozens of civilians in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by elements of the country’s military.