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  • Sudan expels two senior UNDP officials -UN sources

    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, U.N. sources said on Thursday, in what appeared to be an escalation of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's move against U.N. activities in the country. The sources identified the officials as U.N. Resident…

    Reuters
  • War ravages Syria heritage sites

    Nearly 300 sites of incalculable value for Syria and human history have been destroyed, damaged or looted in almost four years of war, the UN said Tuesday, citing "alarming" satellite evidence. From prehistoric settlements and ancient markets to world-famous mosques and Crusader castles, Syria is…

    AFP
  • Somali parliament endorses new PM

    Somalia's parliament on Wednesday endorsed a new prime minister, appointed last week after the war-torn country's president fell out with the previous premier amid bitter infighting. Political heavyweight Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, 54, becomes the first person to hold the post twice and was…

    AFP
  • Treaty regulating global arms trade takes effect Wednesday

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade comes into force on Wednesday, a milestone hailed by the United Nations and campaigners seeking to stop weapons sales to dictators, terrorists and human rights abusers.

    Associated Press
  • Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open for a third day

    Egypt kept its Rafah border crossing with Gaza open for a third day on Tuesday, state media said, after nearly 2,000 people used the terminal in the first two days. The Rafah crossing, the only access point to the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel, opened on Sunday for only the second time in two…

    AFP
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  • UN says Libya rivals agree 'in principle' to peace talks

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations informed the Security Council on Tuesday that rival factions in Libya have agreed "in principle" to hold a new round of peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis early in the new year. The world body had planned to…

    Reuters
  • Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

    By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Medical detective work will be the next big phase in the fight against Ebola when the United Nations deploys hundreds of health workers to identify chains of infection as the virus passes from person to person, top U.N. health workers said. The health teams…

    Reuters
  • Global arms treaty enters into force on Wednesday

    A treaty laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade goes into force on Wednesday, with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented. The United States -- by far the world's largest arms producer and exporter -- has signed the treaty, but has yet to…

    AFP
  • Sudan orders senior UN officials to leave: source

    Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, a UN staff member said Thursday, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator Ali Zaatari and the UN Development Programme country…

    AFP
  • Fourth UN staff contracts Ebola in Liberia

    A fourth member of the UN mission in Liberia, the country hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic, has been hospitalised after testing positive for the virus. "This is the fourth case of Ebola in the mission and UNMIL personnel continue to mourn the deaths of two colleagues who died from the disease only…

    AFP
  • U.N. bars visitor with 'Black Lives Matter' patch on coat

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations barred a visitor from entering the world body's headquarters last week because she was wearing a patch on her coat with the words "Black Lives Matter," saying on Tuesday that the ban is in keeping with long-standing U.N. rules. The sentence "Black Lives…

    Reuters
  • New Libya peace talks planned for January 5: UN envoy

    A new round of peace talks aiming to end the fighting in Libya will be held on January 5 after the warring factions appear to have agreed a path forward, UN diplomats said Tuesday. Chad's envoy to the UN, Mahamat Zene Cherif, whose country holds the Council's rotating presidency this month, said…

    AFP