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UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops

The new UK contribution to the mission will form a long-range reconnaissance capability, providing greater awareness of possible threats

The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN’s peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA. A statement, released via the UK Ministry of Defence website on Monday, said that the soldiers were being deployed in recognition of increased instability in…

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    • Finnish Red Cross/Maria Santto Rinsing Ebola protective gear in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak now a Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares

There have been more than 2,500 cases of infection and nearly 1,670 have died in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu

The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday, with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble our efforts”. With the first anniversary…

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Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province

Latest health data from DRC point to around 115,000 cases of suspected measles in the country

Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record.  UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate 67,000 children in Ituri province.  They’re just a small fraction…

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    • UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. Secretary-General António Guterres meeting with H.E. Mr. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique at the Office of the President in Maputo
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In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

More aid and more support will be needed from the international community in Mozambique to respond effectively

Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to climate change, and a warming world. “For me,…

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    • Macomia district, in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, has been hard-hit by Cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall on 25 April. OCHA/Saviano Abreu
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‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

As people struggled to recover, a second devastating monster storm - Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula, affecting more than 400,000 people

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in the southern African nation of Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day visit, he will be surveying the damage wrought by the deadly back-to-back cyclones earlier this year. UN News reports from the ground, on some of the extraordinary stories of loss, courage, survival and recovery,…

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    • Secretary-General António Guterres visits a Training Centre in Kamakunji, Kenya, and talked to youth about countering violent extremism, and preventing radicalization
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Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

The UN Secretary-General highlighted the “inspirational” role of women in prevention efforts

“Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he expressed solidarity with victims of extremist attacks in Africa. Speaking in Nairobi at the opening of a conference on counter-terrorism, Mr. Guterres recalled how attackers had laid siege to a hotel…

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    • ICC Trial Chamber VI declares Bosco Ntaganda guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity
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‘Beyond reasonable doubt’, international court convicts notorious DR Congo rebel leader of war crimes

The Chamber found the commander directly liable for perpetrating acts of murder

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, found former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda guilty “beyond reasonable doubt”, of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the volatile Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), between 2002 and 2003 The judgement was made during…