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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a new unity government sharing power with former rebel leader Riek Machar, ending a conflict that erupted since mid-December 2013. According to peace agreement, the interim government will govern for the next 30 months before holding general elections. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

South Sudan’s president, rebel leader sign peace deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar, signed a peace agreement on Wednesday in the margins of a regional summit in Ethiopia. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Messrs Kiir and Machar exploded into…

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a new unity government sharing power with former rebel leader Riek Machar, ending a conflict that erupted since mid-December 2013. According to peace agreement, the interim government will govern for the next 30 months before holding general elections. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

South Sudan begins 3rd round of peace talks

The third round of peace talks between South Sudan’s conflicting parties started on Monday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. This round of talks “discusses some issues that have not been resolved in the document of the peace deal signed on August 5,” said Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Ahmed. “All South…

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Uganda’s constitutional court validates law allowing Museveni to seek re-election

Uganda’s constitutional court has approved the removal of the presidential age limit of 75 years, a ruling that would potentially allow President Yoweri Museveni to extend his three-decade rule. The court endorsed parliament’s decision to scrap the cap in December that drew accusations from opposition parties that the 73-year-old Museveni…

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South Sudan gov’t main opposition group sign peace deal

South Sudan’s government and the main rebel group inked a power-sharing deal in the Sudanese capital on Wednesday, local media reported. They hoped it would end years of conflict, however, smaller opposition groups have refrained from signing. Riek Machar, a former vice president who will be reinstated into his old…

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UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan. Adopting a resolution by a vote of nine in favour and none against, with six abstentions, the 15-member body obliged all UN Member States to immediately take…

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UN accuses South Sudan govt forces, allies of killing 232 civilians, raping 120 women

The UN has accused South Sudan government forces and allies of killing 232 civilians and raping 120 women and girls in opposition-held villages. A UN investigation identified three commanders suspected of bearing the “greatest responsibility” in the violence in Unity State between April 16 and May 24 that may amount…

South Sudan rebels reject peace deal reinstating Machar

South Sudan rebels on Monday rejected a peace plan to reinstate insurgent leader Riek Machar as vice president, saying it failed to dilute the strong power base of the country’s president. Machar was President Salva Kiir’s deputy until 2013 when a political disagreement between them degenerated into a war that…

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South Sudan’s parliament seeks to extend president’s term for another three years

South Sudan’s lawmakers have begun debating a proposal to amend the country’s constitution to extend the presidential and parliamentary term to July 2021. South Sudanese Justice Minister Paulino Unango on Monday presented the constitutional amended bill 2018 to parliament seeking to extend the duration of the Transitional National Assembly, the…

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South Sudan’s army confirms 16 civilians killed in latest truce deal violation

South Sudan’s army said that 16 civilians have been killed and 22 others wounded including foreign nationals in the latest ceasefire deal violation. Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman, Lul Koang told Xinhua by phone in Juba that rebel leader Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces…

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Sudan, South Sudan agree on permanent ceasefire

The Republic of Sudan and its neighbour, South Sudan, have agreed on a permanent ceasefire to ensure sustainable peace in both countries. The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ibrahim Bushra, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. He said that the agreement was the outcome of a meeting…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

South Sudan president declares permanent ceasefire

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has ordered implementation of the permanent ceasefire signed recently with rebel leader Riek Machar in the Sudanese capital. Mr Kiir’s order aired on State radio, urged government forces to remain vigilant in their positions and fight only in self-defence and also allow unhindered humanitarian…

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UN records over 21,000 violations against children in wars

The United Nations recorded over 21,000 violations against children during armed conflicts in 2017, a report from the UN chief said on Wednesday. “These include over 10,000 children who were maimed and killed during fighting as well as UN-verified instances of sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals and children…

South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar. [Photo credit: www.alaraby.co.uk ]

South Sudan rebel leader Machar arrives in Ethiopia for talks to end civil war

South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, as part of talks to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, a rebel spokesman and an Ethiopian official said. “Yes, I can confirm to you that our chairman…

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UN Security Council extends South Sudan sanctions

The UN Security Council has extended by 45 days sanctions against South Sudan. The resolution passed 9 “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council, giving just enough votes for the draft to be adopted as Resolution 2418. The adoption of a Security Council resolution needs nine…

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Monitors accuse South Sudan forces, rebels of massacre, burning children alive

A Juba-based monitoring group, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), has accused South Sudan’s army and rebels of massacre, burning children alive and gang-raping women after a supposed ceasefire in December. According to reports by monitors appointed by the country’s East African neighbours in a five-year-old civil war,…

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UN to honour three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers

Three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers will be honoured, among others, in commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the United Nations (UN) has said. The three Nigerians are: Ali Suleiman, a Lt. Col. who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO);…

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South Sudan begs as U.S. threatens to quitting partnership over ‘endless war’

South Sudan’s government on Wednesday urged the U. S. not to “abandon” the country after Washington said it would review its assistance programmes because it could not continue a partnership with leaders perpetuating “endless war”. “We are asking the U. S. not to abandon this country (South Sudan) because we…

U.S. announces $533 million for Nigeria, others

The U.S. has announced about $533 million in humanitarian assistance for Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region. U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said millions of people were facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or…

South African aide to South Sudan rebels could face death penalty

A South African on trial in South Sudan could face the death penalty if found guilty of charges including conspiracy to overthrow the government and supplying weapons, his lawyer said on Tuesday. South African national William Endley served as an advisor to rebel leader Riek Machar, whose forces have been…

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After 436 deaths, South Sudan declares end of cholera outbreak

South Sudan’s health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday declared the end of cholera outbreak in the strife-torn country, where 436 people have died from the disease since July 2017. Health Minister, Riek Kok, said in Juba that “today (Wednesday) we declare an end to the cholera outbreak…

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30 per cent of youth in disaster, conflict prone countries are illiterates – UNICEF

Nearly three in 10 young persons aged between 15 and 24 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disasters are illiterates, UNICEF said Wednesday. According to the UN Agency, 59 million is the estimated figure of illiterates and this "tripled the global illiteracy rate." It also said Niger,…

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Children suffering in Nigeria, other conflict-ravaged countries – UNICEF

Children are the most vulnerable in conflicts that have ravaged Nigeria and countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. According to the agency in a statement on Tuesday, the affected children face a bleak future unless…

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South Sudan declares ex-army chief a rebel, accuses him of attacks

The South Sudanese government on Monday declared former Army Chief of Staff, Paul Malong, a rebel and also accused him of being behind a series of attacks on December 29. Mr. Malong, who had led President Salva Kiir’s campaign against rebels, has been under house arrest since May after Mr.…

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South Sudan: Warring sides sign ceasefire deal for Christmas

South Sudan’s government and rebel groups signed a new ceasefire at a meeting led by the Inter-government Authority on Development (IGAD) at Addis Ababa on Thursday in an attempt to end a four-year civil war. A 2015 peace deal collapsed last year after heavy fighting broke out in South Sudan’s…

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Pope at service for Africa, decries murder of women, children

Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the murder of innocent women and children as the “horrid face” of war as he presided at a special prayer service for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Francis had planned to go later this year to South Sudan, which has…