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UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone
United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas.


South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help
As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million – the vast majority of whom are women and children – the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent additional support.


In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan
The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan.


ICC orders former Mali Islamist to pay more than $3 million for damage to Timbuktu cultural sites
For deliberately attacking religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued to Malian Islamist a nearly three million euros Reparations Order, due on 16 February 2018.


UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno state, Nigeria
Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these “repeated heinous acts” to be brought to justice.


Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency
Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency.


Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.


UN migration agency assists population in wake of devastating floods in Sierra Leone
After learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone, the United Nations migration agency released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief for the West African country.


'Dramatic' rise in Central African Republic violence happening out of media eyes, warns UNICEF
The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said today.


More survivors, remains of deceased African migrants found on Yemen beach, says UN agency
Over the past three days, the UN migration agency has found more survivors and victims' remains from last week's tragedy – when hundreds of migrants were forced from two boats into the sea off the coast of Yemen.


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