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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…

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U.S. has lost trust in S.Sudan, Trump envoy tells president

The U.S. has lost trust in South Sudan’s government for fueling the country’s civil war and must bring peace or risk losing support from Washington. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who was the first senior member of President Donald Trump’s administration to visit South Sudan, told the nation’s…

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17 people dead after boat capsizes in South Sudan

Seventeen people were killed when a boat capsized on the River Nile in South Sudan, officials said on Friday. The boat sank on Thursday night in north-eastern Jonglei State, on its way to the state capital Bor, Local Commissioner David Deng Manyok told dpa. The boat, which was carrying 30…

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UN Security Council calls for disbursement of Oslo fund to Nigeria, others

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for the disbursement of the funds pledged for the North-east Nigeria at the Oslo Conference on Boko Haram in February. The 15-member council, in a statement, expressed grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected North-east Nigeria, Yemen,…

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South Sudan rebel Machar declines to renounce violence – Mediator

Exiled South Sudanese opposition figure, Riek Machar, declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire and instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, an international mediator told the UN. South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired Mr. Machar as his deputy,…

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Nigeria, three others get Trump’s $639 million aid

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised 639 million dollars in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Of the funding, 121 million dollars would go to Nigeria, according to Rob Jenkins, Acting Head, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict…

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Eight aid workers freed two days after abduction in South Sudan

Eight aid workers have been released unharmed after being held captive for two days, the UN Special Envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, said on Wednesday. The four abducted South Sudanese and four foreign workers were let go after negotiations by security officials. The victims, who worked for a private…

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Meningitis over, Pharmaceutical companies seek bail out, other major health stories last week

KOGI FLAGS-OFF FREE HEALTHCARE The Kogi State Government flagged-off a special healthcare package which will offer free medical treatment and surgery to 50,000 indigent patients. Among services being delivered are major and minor surgeries, medical investigations and treatments, eye care (surgeries and distribution of free glasses), paediatric and gynaecological care.…

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South Sudan deports three Americans

South Sudan has deported three U.S. citizens, two of whom served in the military and a third who deserted, U.S. and South Sudanese officials said on Wednesday. Social media accounts and a magazine interview in the names of two of the men suggested they had recently been fighting pro-Russian forces…

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Again, U.S. indicts Nigeria, other countries of using child soldiers

The United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons report has again listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction following allegations of culpability in the violation of the Child Soldier Prohibition Act, CSPA 2008. According to the report, released Tuesday, the countries listed among those to have violated the act will face…

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South Sudan lifts ban on foreign journalists

South Sudan’s media regulatory body has lifted the ban on foreign journalists to allow them operate in the country. Alfred Taban, Head of Information, Steering Committee for National Dialogue, made the disclosure on Thursday in Juba during a meeting with diplomats and UN envoys. He said the leadership of South…

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ICC prosecutor renews call for Al Bashir’s arrest

The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has called for arrest and handing over of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir over alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ms. Bensouda made the call at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan,…

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Botched vaccinations kill 15 children in South Sudan

South Sudan's health ministry, the World Health Organisation and the UN children’s fund UNICEF said on Friday 15 children have died in rural South Sudan as a result of a botched measles vaccination. The deaths occurred in the remote village of Nachodokopele, where about 300 people were vaccinated. According to…

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Nigerian soldier on peace mission killed in Sudan

A Nigerian soldier on peacekeeping mission with the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, UNAMID, was on Wednesday reported killed by an unidentified group in a carjacking incident in Nyala, South Darfur State in Sudan. The identity of the soldier was not immediately disclosed. Reacting to the incident in…

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Pope puts off South Sudan visit amid security concerns

Pope Francis will not visit South Sudan this year, the Vatican said on Tuesday, after an Italian newspaper reported that a mooted trip had been put off because it was considered too dangerous. South Sudan is suffering from famine and a civil war that started more than three years ago.…

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Worsening hunger crises stoke global migration – UN study

The more people go hungry at home the more likely they are to migrate, according to a United Nations study released on Friday as the world grapples with four potential famines simultaneously for the first time in recent history. The number of people fleeing a country increases by 1.9 per…

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AU condemns killing of six aid workers in South Sudan

The African Union, AU, on Monday condemned the ambush and killing of six aid workers in South Sudan. The AU urged the armed actors in the conflict-hit nation to respect international humanitarian laws and give unconditional protection to aid workers. “We strongly condemn and denounce the killing of the six…

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South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea begin collaboration on Oil and Gas

South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea announced a historic partnership today in Juba, setting out the terms for a strong bilateral relationship between the African oil and gas producers. The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Lima, and South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum,…

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South Sudan hikes work permit fees by 9,900 per cent

War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees for foreign aid workers to $10,000 dollars from $100, officials said. The world’s youngest nation has been mired in civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, sparking a conflict that has increasingly split the country along…

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Nigeria, three others may lose 1.4 million children to famine in 2017 – UN

The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, on Monday said that 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria and three other countries. The three other countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. According to UNICEF, in Yemen, where war has been…

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South Sudan general resigns, joins rebels

A South Sudanese minister has defected to the rebels, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Friday, becoming the second high-level resignation this week in the war-ravaged nation. Gabriel Nam, a Lt.-Gen. and Minister of Labour, sent a one-page letter saying he would join the rebellion of former vice…

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South Sudan soldiers found guilty of rape, murder to be shot

South Sudanese soldiers guilty of rape or murder amid the country’s civil war will be executed by firing squad, the country’s president, Salva Kiir, on Monday said. The announcement came as Mr. Kiir addressed a gathering in the town of Yei, celebrating 100 years of existence for the Episcopal Church…

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South Sudan scraps school fees

South Sudan will abolish fees in all public schools, the government announced on Monday, sparking concern that the move could worsen the problems of the war-torn country’s already crippled education system. “South Sudan is working hard to build an inclusive education system in the face of huge unmet needs, and…

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U.S., Britain ask South Sudan to retract ‘reckless’ regime change comment

South Sudan’s key donors on Wednesday urged officials in Juba to retract what they termed as reckless statements on regime change attributed to senior official. “Britain, Norway and the United States wish to express their shock at the unfounded allegations made on Jan. 13 by an SPLA spokesperson against the…

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UN says no justice in South Sudan after July rapes, killings

The UN has criticised South Sudan for failing to pursue justice after grave human rights abuses, including killings and gang rapes, were committed during an explosion of violence in Juba in July, 2016. Forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar engaged in five days…