South Sudan: UN urges all sides to cease hostilities; regional force starts to arrive

29 April 2017 – Disturbed by the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the recent government offensive, the United Nations today urged the Government and other warring parties to cease hostilities, uphold their responsibility to protect civilians. “The renewed upsurge in fighting represents a callous and

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‘Israeli Apartheid’: UN-report director has ‘no regrets’

29 April, 2017 The UN director, responsible for a controversial UN document that described Israel’s treatment of Palestinian’s as an ‘Apartheid system’ for the first time, said that she doesn’t regret her actions. The former UN undersecretary general who was forced to resign forcalling out Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “Apartheid” has given her first

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Agreement Between Sudan and Belarus for Silos Construction

SMC- The Agricultural Bank of Sudan signed an agreement with a delegation from the Republic of Belarus for the construction of a silos with a capacity of 200 thousand metric tons. The bank’s director Salah Eddin Hassan Ahmed said that the two sides engaged in discussion in Khartoum to also sign agreements in the field

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AUHIP Will Submit Its Report to African Peace and Security Council in May

SMC- The African High-Level Mechanism headed by Thambo Mbeki will submit its report to the African Peace and Security Council (PSC) in May to inform it on the results of their consultations with the Sudanese parties. Head of the African Union’s liaison office in Khartoum, Ambassador Mahmoud Kane, said that Mbeki will brief the Commission

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Turkey Sacks 4,000 More Officials in Coup-bid Crackdown

The Turkish government has sacked almost 4,000 more public officials in what appears to be the latest purge related to a failed coup last July. They include more than 1,000 justice ministry workers, a similar number of army staff and more than 100 air force pilots, officials said. In a separate decree, Turkey banned TV

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UN Calls for Halt to South Sudan Fighting

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations on Saturday called for a halt to fighting in South Sudan after the government launched a new offensive earlier this week. South Sudanese government forces targeted a town in the north on Wednesday, displacing civilians the UN said may be headed toward the border with Sudan.

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Ahfad Univeristy: An African Pioneer

Khartoum, Asharq Al-Awsat—Unsurprisingly, you won’t find any male students in the lecture halls of Sudan’s famous women’s university. The students here are more concerned with fulfilling their potential than attracting the attention of the other sex. These young women, known for their grace and poise, have come to be known as “Ahfad girls.” The president

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Al Bashir Calls on Opposition to Join New Govt

New government is being drawn up based on recommendations issued by dialogue initiative with opposition By Mohammed Amin KHARTOUM  In the run-up to the formation of a transitional government in Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir on Friday called on the country’s opposition to join the process. The “consensus” government is being drawn up based on recommendations

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Disorder under heaven: Avoiding the trap

What America and China must do to head off a clash A MUCH-DISCUSSED recent study led by Graham Allison of Harvard university highlighted the dangers looming when a rising power challenges a ruling one, as when Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece. A rising power gains a growing sense of its entitlement and importance, often

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Trump’s First 100 Days: What has President Trump done so far?

Where things stand heading into Day 100 of the Trump administration: President Trump vowed as a candidate to be unpredictable. In the past 100 days, he has done nothing if not keep that promise. Trump won voters’ favor with his strident positions and long list of campaign promises. He promised to shake up government, to

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