Western Sahara: disputed territory in North Africa

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Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony mainly controlled by Morocco, but whose territory is claimed by the pro-independence Polisario Front.

11 more migrant bodies recovered after collision off Tunisia

2017-10-16 20:07

The Tunisian authorities say eleven more migrant bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the country's coast

New UN envoy for Western Sahara to make regional tour

2017-10-14 19:00

The UN's new envoy for Western Sahara will travel to Morocco at the weekend as part of a regional tour aimed at kick-starting talks on ending the decades-old conflict over the disputed territory.

Quarter of DRC refugees in Angola 'have gone home'

2017-10-13 20:57

Nearly a fourth of the estimated 30,000 refugees sheltered in Angola's northeast have returned to their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive Kasai region, an Angolan official has said.

600 migrants rescued; fears rise of new surge from Libya

2017-10-13 20:00

About 600 migrants have been brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea in one of the biggest arrivals since the Italian government struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit departures.

UN rights chief decries 'endemic' abuses after vist to Libya

2017-10-13 11:25

The UN human rights chief has warned that serious violations are "endemic" in many detention centres in Libya, but said he was optimistic that authorities were intent on improving the situation.

New rape claims against UN peacekeepers in CAR

2017-10-12 10:33

Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, the UN says, the latest in a spate of rape claims that have hit the mission.

UN urges compromise in divided Libya

2017-10-11 17:33

The UN Security Council has urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections.

Top Africa stories: The CIA,vampires and Zim 'sheer lunacy' tweets

2017-10-11 06:00

President Robert Mugabe's former spin doctor has been accused of being a CIA spy planted to destroy the ruling Zanu-PF party from within, while Malawi reels under a vampire scare.

UN says peacekeeper killed in attack on DRC military base

2017-10-09 10:45

Rebels from a Ugandan-dominated group have attacked a UN military base in eastern DRC, killing one peacekeeper and injuring 12 others, the UN mission says.


DRC wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

2017-10-17 07:14

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

No South Africans among Mogadishu victims - Dirco

2017-10-16 14:22

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation says no South Africans are among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu.

UN chief: Donors kept famine at bay, but more aid needed

2017-10-14 11:00

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the need for humanitarian aid in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria has increased.

UN fears 2017 will be record year for attacks on schools

2017-10-13 20:57

With 500 attacks on schools documented in just six months, 2017 is shaping up as a record year for the number of schools bombed and destroyed in war zones like Yemen, South Sudan and Syria, a UN official has said.

Nigeria says 45 jailed at Boko Haram secret trials

2017-10-13 20:00

Nigeria's government has said 45 Boko Haram members had been sentenced to between three and 31 years in jail after being convicted at secret trials.

Delays over DRC's election set to fuel tension

2017-10-12 20:37

Beset by ethnic divisions, political tensions and bloody fighting in its east, Democratic Republic of Congo faces fresh challenges in the coming months over feared delays to eagerly-awaited presidential elections.

Hutu militia kills seven in eastern DRC attack

2017-10-12 06:00

Seven people, including a police officer, were killed in an attack, attributed to a Rwandan Hutu militia, on a village in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, local officials have said.

'No gaps' in peacekeeping funding: UN assembly chief

2017-10-11 09:17

United Nations peacekeeping missions will be fully funded despite a significant budget cut announced earlier this year, the president of the UN General Assembly has said.

Protesters briefly block Libyan parliament before session

2017-10-09 19:26

Libyan lawmakers say protesters have blocked gates of the parliament based in the east, preventing a crucial session.

Liberians choose new president as Sirleaf steps aside

2017-10-08 11:16

Liberians will head to the polls to elect a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with hopes for a leader who will kickstart the economy and safeguard a fragile peace.

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