UN Peacekeepers Provide Healthcare in Mali

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Mali (MINUSMA) is providing free medical clinics to villagers in remote and predominantly inaccessible parts of Central Mali. The desert regions of this West African nation have been used…

American Aid to Somalia to Hit $900M

The United States is expanding support to Somalia, investing close to $900 million in mostly humanitarian assistance, according to the American Mission to the Horn of Africa country. The United States embassy reopened in Mogadishu…

Mauritania’s Anti-Slavery MP Freed from Prison

A Mauritanian member of parliament who has been held behind bars for five months has been set free, according to official Mauritanian sources in the capital, Nouakchott, and rights defenders. People hold a banner reading…

A United Nations top official, Nicholas Haysom, has…

The Somali government said of Haysom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, that he “is not required and cannot work in this country”, a de facto declaration that he was “persona non…

South Africa Begins Term as Africa’s Rep on…

South Africa on New Year Day started its two-year term on the 15-member United Nations Security Council. Four other countries – Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic – debuted at the same time on…

Ethiopia Creates Border and Ethic Conflict Commission

The parliament in Ethiopia has approved a controversial bill setting up a commission to resolve border and ethnic conflicts among regional administrations. Thirty-three parliamentarians voted against the bill calling it unconstitutional, with four abstaining, but…

Togo’s Ruling Party Wins Legislatives

Togo’s ruling party, the Union for the Republic (UNIR), has won a majority – 59 of the 91 seats in the country’s National Assembly - in parliamentary elections held last December 20. The ballot was…