U.S. Announces $533m Humanitarian Assistance For Nigeria, Others

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tllerson, has announced additional $533 million assistance to Nigeria and other countries facing famine, food insecurity and conflicts in Africa. Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and countries in the Lake Chad basin will benefit from the humanitarian assistance. Tillerson said; “today I’m announcing $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight famine and food

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Restoring Egyptian-Sudanese relations

The return of Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo could help ease tensions with Khartoum The return of Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt on Monday after a two-month absence is being hailed as an opportunity to ease the strains that have come to characterise relations between Cairo and Khartoum. “Relations between our peoples and our countries are of

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South Sudan: European Union Ready to Impose Arms Ban

The European Union (EU) is ready to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan if the parties to the conflict disregard the peace deal, an official said. German ambassador Jan Hendrrik van Thiel told the press in Juba that the EU would join other concerned states in imposing targeted sanctions and arms ban on South

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Time for sanctions against South Sudan

The African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) all seem to agree that it is time for the belligerents in South Sudan to be punished. During a consultative meeting on 27 January 2018 on the sidelines of the 30th AU Summit these three crucial organisations said in a

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Ghouta aid convoy postponed amid chemical attack fears

Heavy fighting and suspected gas attack halt aid delivery in Syria for second time this week. An aid convoy planned to bring assistance to besieged civilians in eastern Ghouta has been postponed, as monitors said a suspected chemical attack had hit the Syrian rebel enclave amid heavy fighting. “The convoy for today is postponed as

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Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, study says

Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, new research suggests, although experts are split over whether individuals should start taking supplements. The vitamin plays an important role in the body, including in bone health and muscle strength and in preventing conditions such as rickets. It is produced when sunlight hits our skin, can also be

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UN envoy voices concern over situation in DR Congo

A UN envoy has expressed concern over the political, security and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite progress in the electoral process. Briefing the Security Council, Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, reported that “notable progress” had been made in the past weeks in the preparations for

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Sudan Announces Increase of Investment Projects

SMC- Ministry of Investment revealed on increasing of the approved projects in the recent period to more than 1000 in industrial, contracts, trade and edible oil. The State Minister at the Ministry of Investment, Osama Faisal told (SMC) that the Ministry has provided additional concessions for investment in less developed areas especially Blue Nile and

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UK: Protestors react to visit by Saudi Crown Prince

Protests erupted outside No.10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, the residence of Prime Minister Theresa May, as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman began his state visit to the U.K. meeting with the Queen and the Prime Minister. Organised by Stop The War Coalition, hundreds of demonstrators stood outside Downing Street holding placards that read “Crown

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US museum revokes award from Myanmar’s leader

The United States Holocaust Museum has rescinded a human rights award from Myanmar’s state counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to speak out against her country’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims. The museum, whose mission is “to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity”, said in a letter published Wednesday

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