Libya needs maritime force to help stop illicit oil trade - UN

2015-02-27 09:21

Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors say.

DRC must end threat of Hutu rebels - US envoy

2015-02-25 09:37

The government of the DRC "owes it to its people" to end the threat posed by Rwandan Hutu rebels hiding in its eastern provinces, the outgoing US special envoy says.

DRC launches offensive against Hutu rebels

2015-02-24 18:24

The army of the DRC has launched an assault against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the volatile east of the country, military and official sources say.

Russia offers Iran new missiles despite sanctions

2015-02-23 16:46

Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of the UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, the state defence company says.

Ban seeks action on Syria sieges, barrel bombs

2015-02-20 12:31

Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.

US withholding nuke details from Israel

2015-02-19 14:01

The Obama administration says it is withholding from Israel some sensitive details of its nuclear negotiations with Iran because it is worried that Israeli officials have leaked information to try to scuttle the talks.

Libya urges UN to lift arms embargo

2015-02-19 09:59

Libya's foreign minister urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to lift an arms embargo to allow the country's military to fight jihadists, amid growing alarm over the threat from the Islamic State group.

West stresses political solution in Libya

2015-02-18 17:05

Egypt has pushed for action against jihadists in Libya ahead of a UN Security Council meeting but faces reluctance from Western powers who stress the need for a political solution.

UN: Syria willing to suspend Aleppo strikes

2015-02-18 12:01

The UN envoy to Syria says he has received a commitment from the Syrian government to suspend airstrikes and artillery shelling on the city of Aleppo for six weeks.

Egypt wants UN military intervention against Libya

2015-02-18 07:18

Egypt has called for the UN to authorise military intervention in Libya, despite Western powers' preference for the use of diplomacy in the war-torn north African state.


Japan panel discusses PM speech for anniversary of WWII end

2015-02-25 17:02

A panel of experts appointed by Japan’s PM has met for the first time to discuss what he should say in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

UN Security Council considers sanctions in south Sudan

2015-02-25 08:26

The UN Security Council is considering a way to place sanctions against both sides of the power struggle in South Sudan, as fighting continues despite several ceasefire agreements.

Libya parliament suspends talks

2015-02-23 21:12

Libya's internationally recognised parliament has suspended its participation in UN-brokered talks on the future.

S Sudan talks: It's final opportunity, negotiators warn

2015-02-23 14:32

South Sudan’s warring rivals have opened the latest round of peace talks to end over 14 months of conflict with negotiators warning it is the "final opportunity" to strike a deal.

Conflict in Darfur displaces 41 000 in 2 months

2015-02-19 19:35

Fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebels in parts of Darfur has displaced more than 41 000 people from their homes since late December, the UN says.

Libya to UN: Lift arms embargo to fight ISIS

2015-02-19 12:09

Libya’s foreign minister has demanded that the UN Security Council lift an arms embargo so his country can fight the ISIS as it establishes a presence in north Africa and move closer to Europe.

Sierra Leone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

2015-02-19 07:44

Sierra Leone has launched a door-to-door search for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the UN announced the world is at a "critical turning point" in the crisis.

British aid worker shot dead in South Sudan

2015-02-18 15:45

A British aid worker in war-torn South Sudan has been shot dead by a gunman who followed him into his compound in the capital Juba, colleagues say.

Ukraine troops taken prisoner in railway hub fighting

2015-02-18 10:37

Under a near-constant barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels have fought fierce street battles for control of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

Ukraine says peace hopes destroyed

2015-02-17 19:06

Ukraine has accused rebels and Russia of destroying a fragile three-day-old ceasefire after insurgents armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a flashpoint town.

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