Todd Pitman
Todd Pitman works from [email protected]. Regional Public Information Officer, UN Human Rights (OHCHR), based in Bangkok. Ex-AP foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia-Pacific. Todd Pitman has over 2342 followers on Twitter.
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/ 23 November 2007

Rebels, army clash in eastern DRC

Explosions and machine-gun fire echoed through the hills of east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday, as government troops battled rebels for a third day amid a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced nearly 200 000 people in the past few months, a United Nations military spokesperson said.

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/ 7 August 2006

Darfur peace accord sparks rising insecurity

A May deal that was supposed to help end the conflict in Darfur has instead sparked months of fighting between rival rebel factions, according to aid groups, the United Nations and beleaguered African Union peacekeepers. Fresh clashes have left countless dead in the last two months and displaced nearly 50 000 people.

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/ 16 June 2006

UN appeals for food aid for Mauritania

The United Nations appealed for millions of dollars in aid on Friday to help combat possible food shortages in the desert nation of Mauritania. The UN World Food Programme said in a statement its relief operation there "is facing a complete break in supplies at the end of July — exactly the time of year when food needs are at their annual peak".

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/ 7 June 2006

Gambia releases detained BBC journalist

An international media watchdog group on Tuesday welcomed the release of a local correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation in Gambia, but lashed out at the tiny country for the continued imprisonment of two other reporters. Lamin Cham had been held since May 30 by Gambian authorities as part of a government crackdown on the Freedom Newspaper website.

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/ 11 November 2005

Liberians choose their leader

Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appeared poised on Friday to become Africa’s first democratically elected female president, claiming victory after results from most of the West African country gave her an apparently unbeatable lead. With almost 91% of ballots counted, the electoral commission said 67-year-old Johnson-Sirleaf held about 59% of Tuesday’s vote.