IGAD team in S. Sudan for consultations on peace process

A team from the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is expected in Juba on Sunday for consultations with the country’s authorities, a senior government official disclosed on Friday. Discussions will mainly focus on the revitalization of the peace process. Information minister, Michael Makuei said they welcome the IGAD team. On Thursday, the regional bloc announced

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Why it’s hard to get South Sudan’s former child soldiers back to school

More than 200 child soldiers have been freed from armed groups in South Sudan. The 112 boys and 95 girls, all under the age of 18, took part in a “laying down of arms ceremony” after which efforts will be made to reunite them with their families and their reintegration process will begin. The children

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What North and South Korea can learn from German reunification

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have startled the world by issuing their Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, including a plan to at long last go beyond the 1953 armistice and formally end the Korean War. But while the declaration mentions “unification,” that doesn’t make

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Philippines makes ban on workers going to Kuwait permanent

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that a ban on Filipino workers from heading to Kuwait that’s been in effect since February would now be permanent, inflaming a dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the Gulf country. Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippine ambassador and recalled its own

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U.S. Economic Growth Slowed To 2.3 Percent

U.S. economic growth slowed in the first three months of the year to a 2.3 percent annual rate, down from 2.9 percent at the end of last year. One reason is that consumers didn’t keep up with the blistering pace of spending at the beginning of the year, which means slower economic growth overall, analysts

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Trade Ministry: Arrangements for Resumption of Border Trade with Five Countries

SMC- The Ministry of Trade has announced that there are arrangements for resumption of border trade with Chad, Egypt, Libya, Central Africa Republic and South Sudan as the ministry indicated that it had held meetings with a number of governors of the states during the past period for the purpose. Speaking to SMC, State Minister

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UNAMID Withdraws 13,000 Blue Helmets, as Darfur Security Stabilizes

SMC- Around 13,000 personnel have been withdrawn during the first phase of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reconfiguration process, according to Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.The second phase of the process has begun following the successful reduction of the Mission during the first phase, said  Under-Secretary Abdel-Ghani al-Nai’im Speaking at a workshop organized by the national

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Somalia calls for international support as floods displace thousands

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has appealed to the international community for humanitarian support to help avert a humanitarian crisis as floods uproot hundreds of thousands. Khaire said the situation was fast escalating as aid agencies warned that close to half a million people had been affected in south-central regions of the country. “We

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Sudan-US on Sidelines of IMF Meeting Discusses Terrorism List

SMC- Sudan’s Finance Minister Mohamed Osman al-Rikabi has discussed with the U.S. Assistant Treasury Secretary the removal of Sudan’s name from the list of states sponsors of terrorism and the cancellation of Sudan’s foreign debt. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington. In

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Sudan says faces low production in oil industry

Sudan’s oil industry is facing difficulties relating low production and depletion of a number of current oil wells and fields, Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Gas Mohamed Zayed Awad said on Wednesday. “The oil industry in the country is facing challenges, which requires developing the human cadres to cope with the great global transformations in

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