UN peacekeepers prepare for CAR vote

2016-02-13 22:04

Thousands of UN peacekeepers are getting ready to safeguard the historic presidential runoff vote in the Central African Republic.

UN repatriates 3 Burundi officers from CAR over abuse claims

2016-02-13 08:26

The United Nations is sending three Burundian military observers serving in its scandal-tainted Central African Republic peacekeeping mission to their country to face accusations of rights violations.

Cameroon hits Boko Haram in cross-border attack

2016-02-12 17:56

A senior military official says Cameroon's soldiers have killed almost 30 Boko Haram fighters after launching an operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi.

Hamas stops senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza

2016-02-11 22:51

A UN World Health Organisation official says Hamas has prevented a senior employee of the international group from leaving the Gaza Strip.

UN: Aleppo siege could cut off food supplies to 300 000

2016-02-10 13:39

Hundreds of thousands in rebel-held areas under threat of full blockade as Syrian government forces advance, UN says.

France to probe new child rape allegations in Central Africa

2016-02-09 10:12

French investigators will probe new allegations by young children of sexual abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic.

UK summons N Korean ambassador over rocket launch

2016-02-08 20:07

Britain has summoned North Korea's ambassador to condemn Pyongyang's announcement that it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

Congo to probe alleged sex abuse by peacekeeers in CAR

2016-02-06 10:58

The Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Media leaders urge better protection for journos

2016-02-05 22:27

World media executives are urging governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption.

New UN postage stamp supports gay rights

2016-02-05 10:56

The UN Postal Administration releases six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


UN: Syrian families plagued by disappearances

2016-02-13 12:47

UN experts have raised the alarm over enforced disappearances in Syria, which has been ravaged by conflict for nearly five years.

Several killed in attack on UN base in Mali

2016-02-12 19:15

An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in north Mali, killing several people and injuring about 30 others.

Russia drops aid for besieged Syrian city

2016-02-11 22:51

Russian cargo planes have delivered humanitarian aid to regime-held neighbourhoods in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor city, a monitor says.

Libya unity govt bid hits snag

2016-02-10 21:59

Efforts to hammer out a Libyan unity government are stumbling over the defence portfolio, as the internationally recognised parliament sets a new deadline for a line-up.

UN names coordinator to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse scandal

2016-02-09 10:43

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints American Jane Holl Lute to tackle mounting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers.

Libya needs extra week to form unity govt

2016-02-08 22:05

Libya's presidential council says it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial line-up.

1000s of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkey border

2016-02-07 07:27

Thousands of Syrians have braved the cold and rain at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed regime assault on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster.

UN asks Chad for answers over CAR rebel leader visit

2016-02-06 09:01

UN officials are demanding the Chadian government explain why a Central African rebel leader has been able to travel freely to Chad in defiance of Security Council sanctions against him.

Time to allow Assange freedom, says Ecuador

2016-02-05 20:54

Ecuador says Britain and Sweden must allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to walk free from its London embassy, after a UN panel ruled his confinement amounted to arbitrary detention.

UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised

2016-02-05 10:56

The UN children's agency is estimating that at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone female circumcision - half in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

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