ICC delivers guilty verdict in Congolese warlord case

ICC delivers guilty verdict in Congolese warlord case

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty on Monday of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Ntaganda was a member of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC) and its military wing, the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du…

Conflict, displacement in Ituri threaten DRC Ebola response

Conflict, displacement in Ituri threaten DRC Ebola response

Renewed violence in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is forcing mass displacement from a region where authorities are struggling to contain the Ebola outbreak. Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, who visited the area recently, estimated that some 400,000 persons are displaced throughout Ituri Province.  The International Organization…

Swiss step in to mediate Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

The government of Switzerland is leading a mediation process in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon, in hopes of bringing an end to conflict that’s marked the West African nation for nearly three years. The Swiss foreign affairs ministry said it completed a second round of meetings on Thursday in preparation…

Coup leader killed as Ethiopia plans state funerals

Ethiopian officials say the military leader behind Saturday’s coup attempt in the Amhara region was killed Monday, as the country honored a national day of mourning. Brigadier General Asamnew Tsige, who served as head of the Amhara region’s Peace and Security Bureau, was killed by security forces in Addis Ababa….

UNICEF says 1.3 million need aid in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions

Officials with UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, warned Friday that conditions in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions continue to deteriorate with 1.3 million people now needing humanitarian aid. The armed violence and attacks have forced 450,000 people from their homes, about half of them internally displaced children, said UNICEF spokesman Toby…

Egypt joins Algeria, Tunisia in pressing for Libyan ceasefire

On the question of Libya, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts Wednesday to discuss the crisis, agreeing to press for a ceasefire and advance the cause of a Libyan political agreement jeopardized by the fighting in Tripoli. Shoukry, Tunisian Khemaies Jhinaoui and Algeria’s Ramtane…

Actor Clooney, NGO co-founder appeal for action on Sudan

Prominent actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast are the co-founders of The Sentry, an organization that tracks corruption and conflict. Now they’ve appealed to the United States government to act on the Sudan crisis with sanctions and anti-money laundering measures. The two wrote an appeal in a…

MINUSMA responds to Mali attack that claimed 100 lives

MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, has confirmed that some 100 civilians including women and children were killed in the village of Sobanou-Kou in the Mopti region during an attack by armed men on Sunday night. Witnesses and local officials say there are many wounded as well in this…

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

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…