UN draws anger after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador

2017-10-21 07:14

The United Nations has faced criticism after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to promote health causes, despite the country's dire health crisis under his rule.

US should give 'Dreamers' durable legal status - UN

2017-09-12 05:11

The UN rights chief has raised concern about Washington's decision to end an amnesty for hundreds of thousands of people brought illegally to the country as children, saying they should be granted "durable legal status".

100 000 civilians held by ISIS in Mosul: UN

2017-06-16 16:00

The UN says Islamic State group jihadists may be holding more than 100 000 Iraqi civilians as human shields in the Old City of Mosul.

C Africa refugees stream into DRC by the thousands

2017-05-16 21:05

Thousands of people fleeing troubled Central African Republic have streamed into DRC following an outbreak of sectarian violence in the border city of Bangassou, the UN's refugee agency says.

Gambia's Jammeh stares down deadline to quit

2017-01-20 17:14

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance saloon" deadline to step down as troops from five African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a final plea.

3 UN workers abducted in Darfur - Sudan official

2016-11-28 16:01

Armed men have abducted three UN refugee agency staffers, including two foreigners, from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, a local government official says.

UNHCR: 2016 now deadliest year in Mediterranean

2016-10-26 18:05

The UN refugee agency says the death toll for migrants in the Mediterranean has reached at least 3 800 this year so far, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.

Trump would be 'dangerous' if elected: UN rights chief

2016-10-12 20:46

The UN's rights chief warned that Donald Trump's statements pointed to a "dangerous" figure emerging on the world stage if he won the US presidency.

200 000 Afghan refugees return home

2016-10-05 05:22

More than 200 000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated from Pakistan this year, nearly half of them in September alone.

162 bodies retrieved after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

2016-09-23 19:37

The bodies of 162 people had been pulled from the waters off the Egyptian coast, two days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.


DRC children find refuge in Zambia

2017-10-09 07:59

As fighting rages in the central African nation, almost two-thirds of the Democratic Republic of Congo's refugees arriving in Zambia are children.

UN says aid to 9 million Syrian children in peril

2017-06-17 12:22

Unicef is warning that a critical funding shortfall is threatening aid to nine million Syrian children, both in their country and in neighbouring states.

Yemen cholera toll nears 1 000

2017-06-15 19:49

The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1 000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", says a UN official.

Frenzied rescues in Med save over 2 000 migrants

2017-04-14 21:11

Rescue vessels in the Mediterranean have worked flat out to rescue over 2 000 people from flimsy dinghies as exhausted saviours accused the EU of turning a blind eye to the crisis.

Aleppo evacuation will be complete 'in days'

2016-12-20 21:08

The evacuation of Aleppo should be completed within the next two days, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers say.

In Rwanda, refugees realise dream of a university degree

2016-11-18 16:01

Inside a red-brick building with a tin roof in western Rwanda, a group of young people are hard at work studying for a US-accredited university degree. read more...

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested

2016-10-26 16:34

An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl has been arrested for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

Refugees stranded in Somalia after Kenya eviction

2016-10-05 15:14

The UNHCR has spent much of 2016 trucking and flying thousands of Somalis back into their country as part of a "voluntary repatriation" agreement between that organisation, the Kenyan government, and the fledgling federal government of Somalia.

Egypt recovers sunken migrant boat, more bodies

2016-09-27 17:07

Egypt has recovered at least eleven more bodies from last week's migrant shipwreck off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, raising the death toll to 179 people, an official says.

Do more for S Sudan refugees, top UN official says

2016-08-30 17:05

The international community must respond to the refugee crisis caused by fighting in South Sudan in the same way it responded to the crisis in Europe, the UN refugee chief has said.

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