Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

The evacuation of civilians and fighters from east Aleppo was halted on Friday after sporadic reports of violence. Speaking to FRANCE 24, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura said the world must focus on avoiding a “final battle” for Aleppo. A World Health Organization official in the war-ravaged Syrian city said the evacuation […]

France calls for immediate UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo violence

France calls for immediate UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo violence

French foreign affairs minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by fighting. “More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid to […]

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we bring you a report from India. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the situation is alarming – rape cases have almost doubled in two years. But with the help of a local NGO, 70 women, often themselves victims of domestic violence, have […]

Malian soldiers killed in election-related violence

Malian soldiers killed in election-related violence

Alleged jihadists killed five Malian soldiers transporting ballot boxes while a civilian also died in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging Mali’s municipal elections, security sources told AFP on Monday. Mali voted Sunday in its first elections since 2013, with turnout low as security jitters remained elevated despite an international military intervention. “After the voting on […]

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian headed to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population. The formal end to the French mission comes as a fresh wave of bloodshed shook the troubled nation, […]

Amid Syria’s violence, diplomats produce ideas but no truce

Amid Syria’s violence, diplomats produce ideas but no truce

The United States, Russia and seven other would-be Syria mediators ended a 4½-hour meeting Saturday without agreement or concrete steps to match what America’s top diplomat described as the urgent crisis in the city of Aleppo. Instead, the envoys said only that new ideas were proposed and more discussions planned. The lackluster result from the […]

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Both the United States and Russia said on Friday they wanted to extend the four-day-old ceasefire in Syria, even while an aid convoy for the city of Aleppo was stuck on the Turkish border and violence was increasingly undermining the truce. The provision of aid to what was Syria’s largest city before the war is […]

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

France expressed concern on Monday about the safety of several of its nationals following violence in its former colony Gabon triggered by a disputed presidential election. Fighting erupted in Gabon last week after the announcement of a slim victory for incumbent President Ali Bongo. At least six people have been killed and more than 1,000 […]

Over 1,000 arrested amid Gabon’s deadly post-election violence

Over 1,000 arrested amid Gabon’s deadly post-election violence

Three people were killed and up to 1,100 were arrested in Gabon on Thursday, the government said, in a second day of rioting over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election and his main rival’s accusation that the vote was rigged. Opposition challenger Jean Ping accused the elections commission of inflating Bongo’s score to hand […]

Ali Bongo’s re-election sparks violence in Gabon

Ali Bongo’s re-election sparks violence in Gabon

Gabon’s incumbent President Ali Bongo on Wednesday was declared the winner of a high stakes presidential poll, triggering violent demonstrations in the capital as opposition supporters clashed with security forces. Bongo secured a razor-thin victory against his main challenger Jean Ping, securing 49.8 percent of the vote while Ping got 48.2 percent, according to the […]

Pope speaks out against linking Islam with violence

Pope speaks out against linking Islam with violence

Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. “I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip […]

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

The UN Security Council strongly condemned the renewed violence in South Sudan and called on rival leaders President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to control their forces in a statement unanimously passed after a Sunday meeting. “The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians […]

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Clashes broke out between two groups of refugees in the “hotspot” on the Greek island of Samos on the night of June 2. According to medical charity MSF, it’s not surprising that tensions boiled over between refugees of different nationalities considering the stress, overcrowding and poor conditions that over a thousand people are facing there. […]

Video: After gang rape video goes viral, outraged Brazilians protest culture of violence

Video: After gang rape video goes viral, outraged Brazilians protest culture of violence

Angry protestors marched in Rio de Janeiro Friday to denounce a culture that accepts sexual violence after a video showing a nude, unconscious 16-year-old girl who had purportedly been raped by more than 30 men was circulated on the Internet. “I am completely outraged, especially because there is a narrative of trying to justify what […]