‘You have guns, you don’t need a salary’ mantra sowed in national army by past regimes makes it  difficult for UN forces to repulse Congo rebels

‘You have guns, you don’t need a salary’ mantra sowed in national army by past regimes makes it difficult for UN forces to repulse Congo rebels

Criminality continues to bedevil the Congolese military, a major flaw that is cited in nearly every report of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC since 2011. Congolese security forces set up illegal roadblocks to extort citizens. They parcel off and control fiefdoms. They sell weapons to whomever is willing to pay, including the very forces they are fighting. They make deals with shadowy businessmen to pilfer minerals into neighbouring countries. These practices have long been the norm.

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More EU countries recognise independent Palestinian state as anchor of lasting ME peace

More EU countries recognise independent Palestinian state as anchor of lasting ME peace

European countries have approached the issue differently. Some, like Sweden, recognised a Palestinian state a decade ago, while France is not planning to do so unless it can be an effective tool to make progress towards peace.

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Latest IOM report says 281 million people migrate annually and the long, dangerous journeys drive prosperity

Latest IOM report says 281 million people migrate annually and the long, dangerous journeys drive prosperity

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed noted, the issue of regular pathways has become a controversial topic in some regions due to the political atmosphere surrounding migration and the proliferation of toxic misinformation campaigns.

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Haiti transition council announces national police will head security mission expected to deploy soon

Haiti transition council announces national police will head security mission expected to deploy soon

Kenya has offered 1,000 officers to lead the force, although their deployment has been repeatedly delayed by legal challenges despite construction on a base to house them underway. Kenyan President William Ruto is visiting Washington this week to meet with US President Joe Biden. The two are expected to speak about Haiti.

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Gaza genocide: ICC chief prosecutor puts his office back on collision course with America

Gaza genocide: ICC chief prosecutor puts his office back on collision course with America

Just months after being appointed to a nine-year term in The Hague, Khan shifted the ICC’s investigation in Afghanistan away from US forces to focus on the alleged crimes of the Taliban and local ISIS militants. The move drew criticism from human rights organisations and was seen by some as an attempt to win over Washington.

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Explainer: Why ICC prosecutor’s office is zeroing in on Israeli PM Netanyahu and Hamas leaders

Explainer: Why ICC prosecutor’s office is zeroing in on Israeli PM Netanyahu and Hamas leaders

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said in October last year the court had jurisdiction over any potential war crimes carried out by Hamas fighters in Israel and by Israelis in the Gaza Strip.

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Somalia’s letter to Security Council calls for termination of UN political mission in Mogadishu

Somalia’s letter to Security Council calls for termination of UN political mission in Mogadishu

The current mandate of the mission, known as UNSOM, expires October 31 and Fiqi asked for “the swift conclusion of the necessary procedures for the termination of the mission by the end of the mandate.”

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UN assembly approves resolution that grants Palestine new rights, revives its UN membership bid

UN assembly approves resolution that grants Palestine new rights, revives its UN membership bid

It also demonstrated growing support for the Palestinians. A General Assembly resolution on October 27 calling for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza was approved 120-14 with 45 abstentions. That was just weeks after Israel launched its military offensive in response to Hamas’ October 7 attack in southern Israel, which killed 1,200 people.

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Meaningful participation: First UN civil society held in Africa heralds ‘inclusive’ Summit of the Future

Meaningful participation: First UN civil society held in Africa heralds ‘inclusive’ Summit of the Future

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, in a video message to the event, began by expressing deep condolences to the victims of the devasting floods in Kenya and reiterating the United Nation’s continued commitment to supporting the Kenyan Government during this challenging time.

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South Sudan bows to pressure, waives new taxes that led to suspension of UN food airdrops

South Sudan bows to pressure, waives new taxes that led to suspension of UN food airdrops

An estimated nine million people out of 12.5 million people in South Sudan need protection and humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. The country has also seen an increase in the number of people fleeing the war in neighbouring Sudan between the rival military and paramilitary forces, further complicating humanitarian assistance to those affected by the internal conflict.

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