UNMISS hopes to end violence flaring in South Sudan

UNMISS hopes to end violence flaring in South Sudan

The United Nations mission in South Sudan said Tuesday it is sending 75 Nepalese peacekeepers to the Western Lakes region of the country because of continued violence, despite a peace agreement marked by slow implementation and its history of past failures. The decision followed reports that some 80 people have…

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UN agencies warn of dire conditions in DRC Ebola zone

UN agencies warn of dire conditions in DRC Ebola zone

The United Nations said Friday that the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo, where more Ebola response workers were killed in attacks this week in and around Beni, has become untenable for civilians and the health and humanitarian aid workers seeking to help them. Armed groups have been targeting civilians…

France, Mali mourn 13 soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Military leaders and dignitaries traveled from France to Mali on Wednesday to pay tribute to 13 soldiers killed earlier this week in a helicopter collision while supporting anti-terrorism efforts in the Sahel. The crash happened in the dark as the helicopters flew low over ground operations in the Liptako Gourma…

MONUSCO appeals for calm after fresh Beni attacks

The United Nations mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for “calm and responsibility” in the city of Beni, where protesters attacked its facilities after eight people died Sunday night in yet another armed rebel attack on civilians. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN’s MONUSCO mission, said she…

Fragile security of eastern DR Congo threatens Ebola response

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has interfered again with response to the Ebola crisis in affected regions in the country’s east, with World Health Organization (WHO) officials warning that the violence compromises the progress made in recent months. “Following another senseless attack on civilians in eastern DRC on…

Rights group warns of continued violence in C.A.R.

The Human Rights Watch organization says that while last week’s extension of the United Nations peacekeeping mandate in Central African Republic is needed for protecting civilians, attacks against them continue despite a peace deal earlier this year. The rights group says there are still reports of attacks in Ouham-Pendé, Kemo,…

Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Slightly more than half of 65 nations reviewed in the new Freedom on the Net 2019 report show a decline in access, democratic protections for speech, and related Internet and social media rights – with Sudan showing one of the biggest drops and Zimbabwe not far behind. The annual report…