First Lady, Thousands More Mourn, Celebrate Journalist Gwen Ifill

WASHINGTON � Thousands of mourners, including first lady Michelle Obama, remembered and celebrated veteran Washington journalist Gwen Ifill on Saturday, recalling her as a standard bearer, cherished friend, devoted mentor and woman of abiding faith.Ifill died Monday at 61 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Mrs. Obama did not speak at the service, but several journalists and political figures offered reflections.We didn't look like other anchor pairs � and we…

US to Press for Arms Embargo on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS � The United States said Thursday that it would press for a U.N. arms embargo against those responsible for the violence in South Sudan, which has dramatically escalated along ethnic lines."In the coming days, the United States will put forward a proposal to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, and targeted sanctions on the individuals who have been the biggest spoilers to achieve lasting peace in South…

Russia Delivers ‘Symbolic Blow’ to ICC

UNITED NATIONS � Russia's announcement Wednesday that it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court is a symbolic blow to international justice, but it will have no practical effect on the court, experts said.The Rome Statute created the court in 1998. Two years later, Moscow signed on to it, but never ratified the statute to become a full member.Membership of the Rome Statute, is a voluntary and sovereign decision, which…

Media Advisory: Press conference of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Thursday November 17 at 11am

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah (http://www.FMITI.gov.ng) will be having a press conference Thursday November 17 at 11am at the Ministry Headquarters at Block H, in Area 1, Old Secretariat, Garki. He will give a Status Report on the Implementation of the Growth and Diversification plan and take questions. Venue: Minister#39;s Conference room Only registered journalists will be allowed to attend the press conference. REGISTER: http://APO.af/E3iNxZSource:…

Justice and reconciliation key to lasting CAR peace, UN expert says ahead of donor meeting

The justice system in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace, a United Nations human rights expert has said. Truth and reconciliation are also critical,rdquo; Marie-Theacute;regrave;se Keita-Bocoum told ahead of a major donors' conference in Brussels on 17 November, which aims to raise funds in support of a national peace-building plan. The policies set out in the plan represent the…

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the occasion of the signing of the special agreement on the border dispute between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Gabonese Republic

The Secretary-General hosted today a signing ceremony on the margins of the COP-22 in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco, with the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the President of the Gabonese Republic, His Excellency Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba. The ceremony marked the successful conclusion of the United Nations mediation, which started in 2008, that aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution…

Hariri invited to the UAB conference

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the "Center House" the president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL), Dr. Joseph Torbey, and the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) Wissam Fattouh. After the meeting, Torbey said: We visited Prime Minister Saad Hariri and invited him to attend the conference organized by the Union of Arab Banks on the 24th of this month in Beirut,…

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN Security Council delegation calls for consensual, inclusive electoral calendar

Visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council called on Congolese political and social actors to take greater responsibility to adopt a consensual and inclusive electoral calendar and asked that the ban on public demonstrations be lifted. The delegation, co-led by French Ambassador Francois Delattre and Angolan Ambassador Ismael Abrao Gaspar, arrived in Kinshasa, the country#39;s capital, Friday night. The delegation has so…