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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at 80

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at 80

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation confirmed Saturday. Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had been […]

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. The outbreak in North Kivu Province was declared on 1 August and UNICEF reported that so far, two children have died, while six others – who […]

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday completed a four-day visit to Tanzania, which is hosting more than 340,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. “Refugees need to have […]

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

Libyan militias have forced nearly 2,000 people from an ethnic minority likely targeted for their alleged links to the former Gadaffi Government, to flee long-established shelters in the capital Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. In an appeal for the human rights of families originally from the city of Tawergha to be […]

Mali President Wins Presidential Runoff Vote in Lanslide

Mali President Wins Presidential Runoff Vote in Lanslide

Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali has won a landslide victory in the West African nation’s presidential runoff election. Official results announced Thursday reveled Keita won 67 percent of the vote from Sunday’s second round, soundly beating challenger and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Turnout in the runoff vote was an abysmally low 34 percent, […]

Farmajo Shakes Security Chiefs to Rump Up War On Al-Shabaab

Farmajo Shakes Security Chiefs to Rump Up War On Al-Shabaab

The president of Somalia’s Federal government, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has made a major security shake-up on Thursday to step up the fight against Al-Shabaab. In a presidential decree, President Farmajo appointed General Dahir Adan Elmi as the country’s new military chief, replacing Gen Abdiweli Jama Gorod. Amina Sa’ed Ali named as the new the Chief […]

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the raging conflict in North Kivu makes the Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo more dangerous than the historic 2014-2015 epidemic in West Africa. More than 11,000 people died from the Ebola virus by the time it was contained in 2016. WHO Director-General Tedros returned Sunday from […]

Mali opposition leader rejects election result as counting underway

Mali opposition leader rejects election result as counting underway

Malian opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of a presidential runoff marred by accusations of fraud, violence and low turnout, calling on the population “to rise up.” Ballot counting was underway on Monday across the vast West African country after the vote Sunday saw one poll worker killed and […]

Uganda President’s Car Attacked, Damaged in Campaign

Uganda President’s Car Attacked, Damaged in Campaign

A hotly contested by-election in Northern Uganda turned violent Monday evening, when unknown assailants shot a driver on the opposition side. A window in President Yoweri Museveni’s car was smashed in the chaos. Police have since arrested two journalists and dozens of opposition supporters, an act that human rights groups are calling an abuse of […]

Former president Obasanjo awarded oil blocks for sex, says Wole Soyinka

Former president Obasanjo awarded oil blocks for sex, says Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, calling former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a degenerate, liar, predator and sadist, has challenged him to swear whether he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification while he presided over the affairs of Nigeria. Soyinka and Obasanjo Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ […]

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