Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians

2015-06-23 23:45

Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties the UN says.

Three civilians shot dead in Mali

2015-06-04 21:19

Three civilians have been killed over two days in Mali's conflict-hit northern desert.

Migrant boat still being held off Myanmar

2015-06-01 22:35

More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea are still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted.

Thousands need aid in northern Mali: UN

2015-05-30 09:00

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the volatile security situation in Mali is hindering access to allow humanitarian workers to help inhabitants.

Pygmies killed in DRC violence

2015-05-13 19:55

Dozens of Pygmies in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeast have been killed by Bantu militiamen in the past week.

UN refugee chief worried about Burundi

2015-05-06 20:57

The United Nations refugee chief is extremely worried at the political crisis in Burundi, where over 35 000 refugees have fled ahead of elections.

UN frees 21 herders enslaved by militia in CAR

2015-04-19 21:08

UN peacekeepers have freed 21 nomadic Muslim herders, most of them women and children, enslaved by militia groups in the Central African Republic.

UN asks Kenya to rethink closure of Somali refugee camp

2015-04-14 21:10

The UN's refugee agency has urged Kenya to reconsider an order to close the teeming Dadaab refugee camp, warning that sending Somali refugees back to their homeland would have 'extreme humanitarian and practical consequences'.

More than 170 migrants rescued off Tunisia

2015-04-13 17:33

Tunisia's coastguard and navy have rescued 174 migrants from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy.

Yemeni refugee influx in Horn expected

2015-04-08 16:31

Refugees from war-torn Yemen fleeing intense airstrikes are arriving in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, aid agencies say, warning of a possible large influx ahead.


UN marks World Refugee Day in Damascus

2015-06-20 22:18

The UN's refugee agency marked World Refugee Day in Damascus, calling on the global community not to ignore the plight of millions of people displaced by war.

Rights groups condemn civilian killings in Mali

2015-06-02 22:19

Rights campaigners have denounced pro-government forces' killing of six civilians in northern Mali, including an aid worker.

Climate of fear engulfs Burundi

2015-06-01 20:14

A climate of fear engulfs Burundi as journalists and opposition are attacked ahead of the polls.

Fearful, desperate refugees flee Burundi

2015-05-18 16:14

They are coming in their thousands, a steady stream of men, women and children bearing what few possessions they can carry as they flee their native Burundi and the pro-government militias they fear are bent on death and destruction.

UN CAR sex whistleblower reinstated

2015-05-06 23:30

A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French soldiers.

Over 5 000 Burundians flee to Rwanda in 2 days

2015-04-28 15:27

More than 5 000 Burundians have fled Rwanda following mounting tensions in the east African country, bringing the total number of arrivals in April to nearly 21 000, the UN says.

Burundi police fire tear gas at protesters

2015-04-17 22:16

Police in Burundi have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters calling for the president not to run for a third term.

Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

2015-04-14 19:38

The United Nations has warned Kenyan authorities that closing the world's biggest refugee camp complex would have 'extreme humanitarian and practical consequences'.

Kenya orders UN to move massive Somali refugee camp

2015-04-11 19:46

Kenya says it has given the United Nations three months to move a massive refugee camp mostly used by Somalis over the border into Somalia, after militants from that country killed 148 people in a Kenyan university.

120 000 flee Philippines violence

2015-03-20 21:49

More than 120 000 people have fled their homes in the impoverished southern Philippines since fighting broke out between government troops and Islamic militants.

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