Polish aid for South Sudan

The Polish Medical Mission (PMM) is to deliver food aid for war and famine stricken South Sudan. Sławek Szefs reports the project has received considerable financial support from the government in Warsaw. “We shall be delivering assistance to three regions – the East and West Mundri counties as well as Mvolo. Our food aid will

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What’s driving sky-high child marriage rates in South Sudan?

Child forced marriage Rates of child forced marriage are exacerbated by conflict and crisis, which have been particularly pronounced problems in South Sudan, the nation that split from Sudan in 2011 following decades of debilitating war. Conflict has continued nearly unabated since then, displacing millions of people and causing widespread food shortages. The minimum legal

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UN endorses renewal of economic sanctions on South Sudan

The top United Nations aid co-ordinator on Monday lent his weight to major powers stepping up sanctions on South Sudanese leaders with possible asset freezes and travel bans, to bring all sides to the negotiating table to end the five-year conflict. Mark Lowcock, U.N. emergency relief co-ordinator, said sanctions should target “military formations and the

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A just “one-state solution” is still possible in Israel/Palestine: But not if the media buries it

The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine — the land that includes Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza — living in one, binational country, where everyone has equal rights and political matters are settled on the basis of one person, one

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Hamdan increases financial support for Sudan university

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and patron of Al Maktoum Foundation, announced that he would increase his annual financial support to $500,000 for Sudan’s International University of Africa (IUA). Shaikh Hamdan made the announcement when he received a delegation from IUA, headed by the university’s director, Professor

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How the 1967 Naksa changed the game for Palestine

This 5 June, Palestinians mark the 51st anniversary of the Naksa (or ‘setback’), when Israel took over the remaining 22 percent of historic Palestine (the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip), as well as the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. Much of what happened in 1967 has been the subject

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South Sudan suffering on ‘almost unimaginable scale’, warns UN relief chief

People are suffering “on an almost unimaginable scale” in South Sudan, the United Nations emergency relief chief said on Monday, adding that he welcomed the announcement by the United States that it is to review the amount of assistance it provides to the war-torn country. Speaking in Geneva, Mark Lowcock, who is also UN Under

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Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions ‘harmful for everyone’

President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are “harmful for everyone” and it is in everyone’s interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU and US sanctions first imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country wanted

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UN Migration Agency Stands with Partners to Combat Plastic Waste and Environmental Degradation

This World Environment Day (05/06), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, adds its voice to the chorus of global actors seeking to combat plastic pollution and environmental degradation around the world. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) is “Beat Plastic Pollution” — a simple phrase which underscores huge implications for our planet. Single-use

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Intensive Moves in Washington to Remove Sudan from Terrorism List

  SMC- Peoples Friendship Council Europe and America Directorate revealed intensive moves with several American centers and organizations to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Speaking to SMC, Director of Europe and America Directorate in the Peoples Friendship Council, Mohammed Al-Mutasim Hakim, who returned yesterday from the USA, said that they

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