Africa

More than 10,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya: UN refugee agency

More than 10,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Kenyan border town of Mandera in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

One third of abductions in Uganda involve children: top UN rights official

About one third of the more than 26,000 cases of abduction recorded to date in Uganda involved children under the age of 18, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.

AIDS: Annan welcomes withdrawal of case by drug companies in South Africa

Welcoming the withdrawal of a case by pharmaceutical companies against the Government of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed hope that this development would help increase access to AIDS medicines for those in need.

Angola: Security Council extends mechanism monitoring UNITA sanctions

The Security Council today extended the mandate of a mechanism investigating violations of the sanctions against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

UN confirms establishment of 'Temporary Security Zone' in Ethiopia and Eritrea

The top United Nations peacekeeping official today confirmed the establishment of a Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) in Ethiopia and Eritrea along the countries' common border.

Burundi: Annan says failed coup attempt shows need for efforts to calm situation

Welcoming the end to yesterday's aborted coup attempt in Burundi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the incident served to highlight the need for efforts to bring calm to the country.

Trial of former Rwanda education minister opens at UN war crimes tribunal

The Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has opened the trial of a former Rwandan education minister charged with committing genocide and other crimes in the country in 1994.

In a milestone, UN sets up temporary security zone on Eritrea/Ethiopia border

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Eritrea and Ethiopia today officially established a Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) along the countries' common border, representing a "milestone" in the resolution of the conflict between the two East African States, according to the head of the UN mission.

Burundi: Security Council members concerned over reported coup

Members of the United Nations Security Council today followed with concern reports of a coup in Burundi, according to the body's current President.

Annan urges Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia to engage in dialogue to end conflict

Against the backdrop of a disintegrating humanitarian and security situation at the borders between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the warring parties to meet to address the conflict's underlying causes.