AU may mandate regional force against Boko Haram

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The AU might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a diplomat says.

Deadly attack on Ukraine city a war crime - UN

2015-01-27 14:38

A UN political chiefs says deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that ‘knowingly targeted civilians’ violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes.

US announces charges in New York-Russian spy ring case

2015-01-27 11:01

Three Russian citizens have been charged in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities say.

South Sudan finds hope in honey

2015-01-26 16:32

A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

Stunned Japan working to secure last hostage release

2015-01-26 11:45

Japan is working to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, after a video surfaced purportedly showing a second hostage being killed.

UN to meet on Ukraine after deadly clashes

2015-01-26 08:45

The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting on the violence in eastern Ukraine after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed rebels killed 30.

France: Social media must help stop violence promotion

2015-01-23 06:31

France has appealed for an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

International court urged for Central African Republic

2015-01-22 07:48

The United Nations commission that has accused both sides in the conflict in CAR of crimes against humanity is urging the UN to establish an international court to prosecute perpetrators.

Shi'ite rebels take Yemen presidential palace

2015-01-21 10:11

Shi'ite rebels have shelled the residence of Yemen's leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace in what a top army commander says is an unfolding coup.

UN releases Zim unemployment figures

2015-01-20 20:00

The United Nations has released Zimbabwe's unemployment figures which show that formal employment is on the decline.

Government hailed for ratifying UN treaty

2015-01-18 17:33

The SA Human Rights Commission has welcomed the decision by government to ratify the UN's International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

2015-01-17 11:34

An advanced party of Chinese peacekeepers is in South Sudan and the rest of the 700-strong contingent is due to arrive by early April, a UN official says, part of a surge in a UN mission to protect civilians.

Libyan factions agree on agenda for unity govt

2015-01-16 13:04

Libya’s warring factions have agreed on an “agenda” to form a unity government after two days of the UN-brokered talks in Geneva, the UN says.

UN: At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain

2015-01-16 09:23

At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the UN’s Ebola chief says.

Tanzania ready to take on DRC rebels - Kikwete

2015-01-14 16:17

Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan rebels in eastern DRC, President Jakaya Kikwete says, suggesting a joint offensive with the UN-backed, South African forces is imminent.

SA warned against fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

2015-01-14 11:15

A military expert has reportedly warned that South Africa would be under threat if SA soldiers join African Union forces in the fight against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.

UN to Nigeria: Restore law and order, probe mass killings

2015-01-13 17:24

The UN has called on Nigeria to restore law and order in the northeast and investigate "mass killings" of civilians blamed on Boko Haram insurgents.

UN chief slams 'intolerant' India over gay sex ban

2015-01-13 11:45

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has accused India of fomenting intolerance with its ban on gay sex amid uproar over a ruling party minister’s plans to make homosexuals "normal".

Pope calls for truth over Sri Lanka's violent past

2015-01-13 10:21

Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived in Colombo.

Talks for action against Hutu rebels in DRC called off

2015-01-12 17:01

A summit of African leaders slated for Luanda this week to decide on action against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the DRC who refuse to disarm has been cancelled, Angola says.

Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation

2015-01-12 13:02

Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls have returned home after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, a report says.

Haiti pays tribute to quake victims

2015-01-12 12:48

Haiti marks the fifth anniversary of the massive and deadly earthquake that ravaged an already desperately poor nation, against the backdrop of ongoing epidemic and political crisis.

Time running out for Libya peace talks - UN

2015-01-09 20:55

The UN has called for Libya's warring factions to resume peace talks "before it is too late" after its envoy to the violence-plagued state met with rival camps.

SA assumes chair of G77

2015-01-09 16:26

South Africa has assumed the chair of the Group of 77, the international relations department has announced.

Hundreds slaughtered in South Sudan atrocities - UN

2015-01-09 12:16

UN rights investigators say rebels in South Sudan slaughtered at least 353 civilians in April last year, including people sheltered in a mosque, hospital and a UN base.


Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 9 soldiers

2015-01-27 15:38

Continued fighting in east Ukraine has killed at least nine soldiers and wounded 29, the military says, as rebels fought to secure more territory in the war zone.

UN rights chief deplores killing of protesters in Egypt

2015-01-27 13:59

The UN human rights chief has voiced deep concern over the killing of at least 20 people in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt in recent days.

Libya peace talks resume in Geneva

2015-01-26 15:22

A new round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions resumed in Geneva as the country continued to sink into chaos.

UN Security Council to meet on Yemen crisis

2015-01-26 10:07

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door meetings on the crisis that has left Yemen in a political vacuum after the president and prime minister resigned, diplomats said.

WHO runs low on cash for Ebola

2015-01-23 18:15

The World Health Organisation is set to run out of cash in mid-February, a senior official says, as the organisation prepares to mobilise before the rainy season hits in April.

Monk stands by offensive language against UN envoy

2015-01-22 19:08

Following a stinging rebuke by the UN' human rights chief, Myanmar's ultranationalist Buddhist monk fired back, saying he didn't regret calling a UN special envoy names.

'Khmer Rouge slit prisoner throats, ate organs'

2015-01-21 14:43

A witness has told Cambodia's UN-backed court that Khmer Rouge soldiers slit prisoners' throats and ate their gall bladders during the 1970s, as the genocide trial of the two most senior surviving leaders resumed.

Kidnapped UN worker released

2015-01-20 21:14

A kidnapped UN staff member has been safely released in the Central African Republic, says the UN.

UN chief alarmed by flare-up in Ukraine fighting

2015-01-19 14:55

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced alarm over fierce fighting around the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine and called for an immediate end to the violence.

UN peacekeeping base attacked northern Mali

2015-01-17 16:31

Authorities say a UN peacekeeper from Chad has been killed and another wounded in northern Mali.

Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen

2015-01-16 14:51

All schools in Guinea are set to open after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea’s health minister says.

Jonathan visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

2015-01-16 10:19

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a surprise visit to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

UN: African states must unite against Boko Haram

2015-01-15 21:09

The four African nations most threatened by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram must put aside mutual distrust and agree on a command structure and strategy.

Tanzania bans witchdoctors to stem albino murders

2015-01-14 13:22

Tanzania has banned witchdoctors to try and stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft, officials say.

UN Security Council condemns Ukraine bus attack

2015-01-14 10:07

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned a rocket attack on a bus in east Ukraine that left 11 civilians dead.

UN wants release of AU-led South Sudan inquiry

2015-01-13 13:12

A senior UN rights official have voiced concern that an AU commission of inquiry report on the bloodshed in South Sudan won’t come up for discussion at an upcoming AU summit.

Sudan troops battle rebels in war-torn South Kordofan

2015-01-13 11:43

The Sudanese military has been battling insurgency for control of parts of the conflict-stricken South Kordofan region, both sides say, giving conflicting reports of the situation there.

Burundi govt boycotts UN election mission launch

2015-01-12 20:09

Burundi’s government has boycotted the launch of the UN observer mission for elections in May and June, as concern mounts of the risk of violence in the key polls.

UN condemns surge in Nigeria killings

2015-01-12 14:09

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent attacks by Islamic militants that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, which holds elections next month.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria 'needs same support as France'

2015-01-12 13:02

A Nigeria archbishop has called for the same international support to tackle Boko Haram as France has received since it was hit by Islamist attacks last week.

S Sudan massacres may be war crimes - UN

2015-01-10 19:07

The UN says the killing of hundreds of civilians in two separate incidents in South Sudan could possibly amount to war crimes.

UN peacekeepers wounded in northern Mali attack

2015-01-09 17:56

Seven UN peacekeepers have been wounded by a blast that hit their vehicle near the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign forces.

UN ramps up pressure on DRC over rebel offensive

2015-01-09 14:16

The UN Security Council has urged President Joseph Kabila to sign a military plan for a joint offensive with UN troops to drive out Hutu rebels in eastern DRC.

SA becomes chair of G77

2015-01-09 11:39

South Africa has assumed the chair of the Group of 77, says the international relations department.

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