South Sudan monitor says cease-fire violated almost daily

2016-10-20 13:00

The monitor of South Sudan's peace deal is reporting "near-daily violations" of the cease-fire and says fighting could "trigger an uncontrolled escalation of violence".

Satellite images show devastation in Aleppo

2016-10-20 09:45

Amnesty International released new satellite imagery showing that more than 110 sites were hit in two weeks of bombing raids in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo.

UN peacekeeping chief to visit disputed Western Sahara

2016-10-19 11:52

The UN peacekeeping chief says he is heading to the disputed Western Sahara later this week to visit UN troops for the first time since Morocco expelled more than 70 UN civil staffers in March.

Shabaab assault on key Somali town leaves 10 dead

2016-10-19 10:37

Fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group launched a major attack on a strategic town near Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people, including civilians, before retreating.

UN chief voices concern over Ethiopia

2016-10-18 07:05

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is following developments in Ethiopia with concern after a series of measures under a state of emergency targeted the media and diplomats, his spokesperson says.

11 dead, 50 000 displaced in week of Somali bloodshed: UN

2016-10-16 23:00

A week of violent clashes between rival forces in northern Somalia has killed 11 people and forced more than 50 000 to flee, the UN humanitarian agency says.

US concerned about use of force in Libya's capital

2016-10-16 16:08

The United States says it is concerned about reports of the use of force to seize the offices of Libya's UN-backed National Accord government in the capital, Tripoli.

Philippines' Duterte says kill threat 'perfect'

2016-10-14 19:12

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has defended his threat to kill criminals as "perfect" and vowed no let-up in his war on crime, as the death toll surged past 3 700.

Palestinians push for UN membership and against settlements

2016-10-14 08:51

The Palestinians say they are sounding out members of the UN Security Council on a new resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building and on prospects for becoming a full member of the UN.

Haiti tops list of disaster deaths

2016-10-13 13:45

Hurricane-ravaged Haiti, still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, has suffered the highest number of disaster deaths of any country in the past two decades, the UN says.


UN chief hopes for credible vote in DRC

2016-10-20 10:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has voiced hope that a political deal reached in the DRC to delay an election until 2018 will help improve human rights and lead to a credible vote.

UN peacekeeping chief pleads for S Sudan arms embargo

2016-10-19 15:47

The UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous is pleading with the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan where he expects an upsurge in fighting with the coming end of the rainy season.

UN seeks to shore up Colombia ceasefire

2016-10-19 11:31

The UN Security Council agreed that a new UN mission for Colombia could continue to monitor a ceasefire despite a referendum vote rejecting the peace deal.

UN announces agreement on 72-hour Yemen cease-fire

2016-10-18 09:51

The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen says the warring parties in the Arab nation have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire which will take effect just before midnight.

Equatorial Guinea calls for end to French case against VP

2016-10-17 16:06

Equatorial Guinea is calling on the UN' highest court to order France to halt a criminal case against the son of the African nation's leader on charges of misspending millions of euros of public funds.

US, Britain, UN demand Yemen ceasefire within days

2016-10-16 18:18

The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen have urged the warring parties in the country's civil war to declare a ceasefire within days.

Malawi's Mutharika 'not amused by 'nonsense' of wishing him dead'

2016-10-16 12:01

Malawi President Peter Mutharika is reportedly expected back home, weeks after attending the UN summit in New York. Reports indicate he is not "amused" by speculation over his health.

Fresh wave of airstrikes hit Syria's Aleppo

2016-10-14 13:57

Syrian opposition activists are reporting intense airstrikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods of the northern city of Aleppo amid clashes between government forces and rebels.

UN: South Sudan unrest rises amid Kiir's death rumours

2016-10-13 18:30

The UN has warned of increasing violence in South Sudan as the government was forced to publicly dismiss rumours of President Salva Kiir's death to quell rising tensions.

UN urges Burundi to restore ties with rights office

2016-10-13 10:43

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundi to reverse its decision to break ties with the UN rights office following a report warning of a risk of genocide.

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