Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

The nations of Niger and Tunisia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. They join the 10-nation roster of nonpermanent members to the council, along with incoming nations Estonia, Vietnam and – in a first for the smallest country to ever hold a…

AU suspends Sudan as protests, violent crackdown continue

AU suspends Sudan as protests, violent crackdown continue

The African Union made good on its threat to suspend Sudan from AU participation on Thursday, insisting on a civilian-led transitional government denied by a Transitional Military Council in acting authority since the April ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir. A communique followed the AU Peace and Security Council meeting…

Report: Another 350 opposition members arrested in Cameroon

Report: Another 350 opposition members arrested in Cameroon

At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon’s main opposition party, including its leaders, were arrested at the weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch. That’s drawn new criticism from the organization, which joined other groups in appealing to the United Nations Security Council for…

Aid agencies in Yemen work to evacuate Somali, Ethiopian refugees

Humanitarian workers say they’re working to repatriate Somali and Ethiopian refugees who are trapped in Yemen, but problems with the flight permissions necessary to evacuate them were hampering the effort. “The flight delays are putting thousands of migrants’ lives at further risk,” said Mohammed Abdiker of the International Organization for…

16 NGOs appeal to UNSC on South Sudan

Sixteen human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project as well as regional African groups, have asked the United Nations Security Council to maintain the arms embargo and other sanctions in South Sudan while pressuring leaders to implement the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict…

UNHCR warns of new communal violence in Nigeria

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, raised the alarm on Tuesday over increasing violence in Nigeria, this time in a northwest region where conflict is not related to the Islamist extremism that plagues Borno state. Rather, the violence is sparked by communal and ethnic violence, vigilantism and kidnappings for ransom in…

South Africans return home after Egypt tour bus bombing

South African officials say that two dozen tourists who came under attack in Egypt on Sunday have returned home safely, while four citizens remained in Egypt. Three of them were wounded in the bus bombing near Cairo, while a fourth stayed behind to care for an injured family member. South…

New images raise concern over arms shipments to Libya

Both sides in Libya’s battle over Tripoli are getting military equipment from foreign countries, with widely shared social media images raising new questions over violations of a 2011 United Nations ban on sending weapons and equipment to Libya. Forces aligned with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) posted one set…

EU calls for Tripoli ceasefire as death toll reaches 454

The European Union has called for a ceasefire in Libya, and reaffirmed its support for the United Nations process and the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé. “The EU is deeply concerned at the loss of human life, the growing number of internally displaced persons and…

New clashes reported as Sudan protests continue

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Sudan said Sunday that it will not break up the main sit-in protests at military headquarters in Khartoum, but it will enforce order in other parts of the city. The announcement via the state’s Sudan News Agency was meant to counter rumors that defense…

IGAD approves 6-month extension for South Sudan transition

The timeline has been extended for South Sudan’s leaders to navigate their way to a transitional government, according to the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The IGAD ministers from East African member nations announced Thursday that they’ve approved a six-month extension beyond Sunday’s deadline, in keeping with the recommendations…