UNESCO names Rio its 2020 'World Capital of Architecture'

2019-01-19 07:18

The UN culture and education agency has recognized Rio de Janeiro as the "World Capital of Architecture" for 2020.

UN denounces Zimbabwe's 'excessive use of force'

2019-01-18 13:09

The United Nations human rights office is denouncing reported "excessive use of force" by Zimbabwe's security forces against protesters opposed to dramatic fuel price increases and austerity measures.

Fighting flares up in Libyan capital, killing 1, wounding 17

2019-01-17 14:45

Libyan authorities say fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a UN-brokered cease-fire

Libya's paramilitary force to 'cleanse' country's south

2019-01-15 20:18

A spokesperson for Libya's powerful paramilitary based in the eastern city of Benghazi says its troops are launching an operation "to cleanse" the country's south of Islamic militants and criminals.

DRC election official backs declared winner

2019-01-12 14:41

The head of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission says the country is on the brink of "its first peaceful, civilized handover of power" since independence 60 years ago

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

2019-01-11 21:34

Police in Thailand say several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family.

UN asks Australia to consider Saudi teen for 'refugee resettlement'

2019-01-09 20:50

The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.

UN Security Council delays DRC session amid vote counting

2019-01-08 07:01

The UN Security Council has put off a planned session on DRC and its closely watched presidential election as the country continues waiting for delayed results

Security Council regrets Somalia's expulsion of UN envoy

2019-01-06 10:05

The UN Security Council is expressing regret at Somalia's decision to expel a UN envoy who questioned the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate.

Somalia tells UN not to interfere after expelling envoy

2019-01-04 18:10

Somalia has told the UN Security Council not to interfere in its national affairs after expelling a UN envoy who questioned the government's decision to arrest an al-Shabaab defector running for election.


Zimbabwe pastor Mawarire remains in detention

2019-01-18 19:10

A magistrate in Zimbabwe says there is reasonable suspicion that a well-known pastor accused of subversion amid nationwide protests committed an offense, and has set another hearing for January 31.

Gunmen attack villages in central Mali, kill 20 people

2019-01-17 15:36

The spokesperson for a Tuareg group in Mali says gunmen have attacked two villages in the country's central Menaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people.

December clashes in west DRC killed almost 900: UN

2019-01-17 11:49

At least 890 people were killed during three days of inter-communal clashes in western Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations says.

South Sudan pursues fragile peace, but people remain wary

2019-01-15 19:02

South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flips through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers.

Catholic Church seeks UN help in DRC election

2019-01-12 14:41

The Catholic Church in Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the UN Security Council to call on the country's election commission to publish data from the polling and counting stations set up for a December 30 presidential election.

Australians hold topless protest in support of Saudi runaway

2019-01-10 12:03

Four Australian women have held a topless protest in Sydney to support a runaway Saudi woman as Australia considers her bid to settle in the country as a refugee.

AU, UN to revive Central African Republic peace talks

2019-01-09 09:01

Senior officials from the African Union and the United Nations have arrived in the Central African Republic in a bid to revive a peace process in the strife-torn country.

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking - UN report

2019-01-07 12:01

A UN report has warned that "vast areas of impunity" remain globally for people traffickers, with victims subjected to crimes ranging from sexual exploitation to organ removal.

Crackdown on dissent in tense DRC could 'backfire': UN

2019-01-04 19:05

Attempts by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to crack down on dissent during tense vote counting could "backfire", the UN says, warning it is"watching carefully" as events unfold.

Somalia, ousted UN envoy face off at Security Council

2019-01-04 16:10

A United Nations envoy who was recently ordered to leave Somalia warned Thursday about its "political turbulence," while its Somalia's U.N. ambassador admonished the world body to stay out of his country's internal affairs.

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