The United Nations expressed concern that armed youths loyal to former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar are advancing toward the Jonglei state capital, Bor, which was retaken by government troops last week.
The United Nations Security Council voted to bolster the UN’s peace-keeping mission in South Sudan and help end a worsening conflict that the African Union warned risks escalating into a full-scale civil war.
The U.S. and the United Nations are preparing to make more peacekeeping troops available for the growing conflict in South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir opened the door to talks with his deposed vice president.
Violence used by Syrian, Yemeni and Libyan leaders to curb pro-democracy protests is “shocking” and has led to widespread human-rights violations, said Navi Pillay , the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.
Egyptian protesters calling for an end to army rule clashed with security forces in central Cairo for a fifth night as military pledges for a quicker power transfer to a civilian authority failed to end demonstrations.
The United Nations Security Council faced new calls to intervene in Syria after the UN’s top human- rights official raised the civilian death toll in the country to more than 5,000 and said President Bashar al-Assad’s government should be investigated for crimes against humanity.