Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

2018-02-24 19:40

New air strikes on the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta takes the civilian death toll from seven days of devastating bombardment to more than 500 after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire.

Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

2018-02-24 12:56

Two car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, the city's main ambulance service has told AFP.

Three dead, 7 hurt as armed groups clash in C Africa flashpoint

2018-02-23 21:19

Three people were killed and at least seven others wounded in clashes which erupted overnight between armed groups in a flashpoint district of Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, medical sources has said.

UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

2018-02-23 19:03

A UN rights commission in South Sudan has said there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with crimes and crimes against humanity.

Outrage over Iran minister's presence at UN rights meet

2018-02-23 10:44

Critics have voiced outrage that Iran's justice minister will travel to Geneva to address the UN's top human rights body despite facing Swiss and EU sanctions over rights violations.

Iran sticking to nuclear deal - UN watchdog

2018-02-23 05:25

Iran is still sticking to the 2015 nuclear accord, a UN atomic watchdog report four months ahead of US President Donald Trump's deadline to fix its "disastrous flaws".

Somalia's first forensic lab targets rape impunity

2018-02-22 19:58

The new freezers at Somalia's only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five.

Three militiamen killed in Libya car bomb attack

2018-02-21 17:54

Three militiamen from forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were killed Wednesday in a car bomb attack in the central Waddan region, a militia spokesperson has said.

Top Africa stories: Tsvangirai, Malema, Grace Mugabe

2018-02-21 08:40

Morgan Tsvangirai has been laid to rest in his rural home village of Buhera, and Julius Malema has reportedly paid tribute to Zimbabwe's long time opposition leader.

France urges UN top court to dump E Guinea case

2018-02-19 21:26

France has accused Equatorial Guinea of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court.


DRC Catholics pray ahead of new protest march

2018-02-24 15:27

Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo has heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime.

Donors pledge $510m for West Africa anti-terror force

2018-02-23 21:19

International donors have pledged $510m to help five impoverished countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.

5 Congolese refugees killed in protests, Rwandan police say

2018-02-23 20:28

Five Congolese refugees have been killed during protests over reduced food rations, with the UN refugee agency saying that police fired at the angry protesters.

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

2018-02-23 16:32

The latest report on human rights abuses in South Sudan's five-year civil war, released by a United Nations commission, says it has identified more than 40 senior military officials "who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes."

Trump's nominee to lead UN agency rejects anti-Muslim charge

2018-02-23 10:44

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the UN migration agency has dismissed allegations of anti-Muslim bias, saying he "never" considers the faith of those in need.

UN says S Sudan kills, beats, arrests journalists

2018-02-22 19:58

In at least 60 incidents over the last year and a half journalists in South Sudan were killed, beaten, detained, denied entry or fired for doing their jobs, a UN report has said .

Diarrhoea kills 26 Congolese in Ugandan refugee camp

2018-02-22 15:27

Twenty-six Congolese refugees at a fast-growing camp in western Uganda died from acute diarrhoea in just three days, the UN has said.

Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

2018-02-21 16:26

Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010.

2 aid workers killed in eastern DRC: UN

2018-02-20 11:37

Two Congolese aid workers have been killed and a third abducted by an unidentified armed group in the troubled North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations says.

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

2018-02-19 19:12

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official has said.

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