South Sudan foes in new peace talks to end deadly war

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar were set to hold a new round of peace talks after a first meeting last week faltered. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was hosting in Khartoum the second round of talks between the two bitter rivals, aimed at ending South Sudan’s four-and-a-half year brutal civil war. A

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Sudan to Take Part in AU Summit in Mauritania

SMC- Sudan will participate in the AU summit which will be held this month in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dirdiri Ahmed. Speaking to the SMC, the Foreign Minister said the summit will discuss all issues of the African continent. The 31st Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and

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Girls of South Sudan on gunshot wounds, hunger and hope

Monica lives with her mother, two brothers and two sisters, in Rumbek, central South Sudan, but has no money for school fees. All the family’s money is going to her father, who is in hospital. Monica is sometimes able to eat twice a day, but the family is often hungry. ‘When I am hungry my

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U.S. high court to hear Sudan appeal on damages in 2000 USS Cole bombing

The damages were levied by default because Sudan did not appear before a lower court to defend itself against allegations that it provided support to the Islamist militants. Sudan contends that it had not been properly notified of the lawsuit, in violation of U.S. and international law. Fifteen sailors injured in the attack and three

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World Cup: Spain, Portugal head to Round of 16

Spain and Portugal have advanced to the World Cup Round of 16 after the final matches in Group B. Despite going down twice in the match against Morocco, Spain fought back draw thanks to goals from Isco and Iago Aspas and secured the top spot in the group. The match at Kaliningrad Stadium ended on

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UN fears new Syrian offensive could strand up to 200,000 civilians

As many as 200,000 people could flee renewed fighting in southwest Syria and end up stranded along the closed border with Jordan, according to the worst-case scenario envisioned in UN documents outlining emergency plans for a brewing humanitarian crisis. Having secured the centre of the country, including key pockets of resistance in the Damascus suburbs,

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World Cup: Japan snatch draw against Senegal

Japan and Senegal drew 2-2 in a World Cup Group H match held in Ekaterinburg on Sunday. Japan snatched the 2-2 draw when midfielder Keisuke Honda scored the equalizer in the 78th minute. Senegal had taken a second-half lead thanks to a goal in the 71st minute by 19-year-old defender Moussa Wague. Senegal had taken

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US, UK Ambassadors Declare Support for South Sudan Talks

SMC- The US Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Koutsis and the British Ambassador to Khartoum Irfan Siddiq announced on Monday their support for the efforts of the Sudanese government to sponsor the peace negotiations of South Sudan hosted by Khartoum under the umbrella of IGAD. Koutsis said any step leading to peace in South Sudan was welcome.

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Khartoum and Juba Looking to Operate Oil Fields in South Sudan

SMC- Sudan and South Sudan discussed the technical issues related to the re-operation of the fields of South Sudan and the exchange of benefits between the two countries. The agenda included resuming the production of oil in 1,2,4 block  in the South Sudan and resumption of oil production from block  5A. The talks in Khartoum focused on

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IGAD in Support of Al Bashir’s Initiative to Sponsor South Sudan Peace Talks

SMC- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD) has confirmed its commitment and support for peace talks between South Sudan leaders hosted by Khartoum, under the sponsorship of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. IGAD representative in Sudan AbuZayd Al-Hassan praised the country’s support for stability in South Sudan. Speaking at the opening session of the Khartoum round to facilitate

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