UN agency reports extensive abuse of refugee children in West Africa

Children are subjected to "extensive" sexual exploitation in refugee camps in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to an assessment released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and non-governmental organization Save the Children UK.

Annan says fight against terrorism should not diminish attention to Africa

Addressing an awards ceremony for eminent individuals who have contributed to African development, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stressed that the international fight against terrorism must not diminish efforts to overcome long-standing problems plaguing the continent.

Lack of health workers imperils Africa's gains, UN agency warns

An emerging "crisis of health manpower" in Africa threatens to derail the continent's progress, according to experts attending a United Nations-sponsored meeting that concluded today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.