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South Sudan army chief James Ajongo dies in Egypt

South Sudan’s army chief, General James Ajongo died in the Egyptian capital on Friday, the government has revealed. The military leader, who took over from Paul Malong Awan last year, died in Cairo on Friday morning after suffering from a short illness. His death comes at a time when South Sudan President Salva Kiir is trying

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Ex-S. Sudan army chief’s elders meeting raises eyebrows

Former South Sudanese military chief Gen Paul Malong is on a charm offensive enlisting Kikuyu elders to lobby the Kenyan government to back his efforts to dislodge embattled President Salva Kiir. Hours after the recent launch of South Sudan United Front (SS-UF), his new political group, in Nairobi, Gen Malong pulled a surprise move by

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New round of South Sudan peace talks is delayed

Officials say the next round of South Sudan peace talks has been delayed without explanation. The talks were meant to resume next week in neighboring Ethiopia, mediated by a regional bloc. The discussions have sought an end to South Sudan’s civil war, now well into its fifth year. A statement by the Joint Monitoring and

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Barbara Bush’s funeral will be attended by Melania Trump, Clintons, others

The funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, will be attended by many high-profile figures, including first lady Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama. A funeral service for the Bush matriarch, who once called herself “everybody’s grandmother,” is planned for Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

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Italy, Greece to launch plan to identify missing migrants

 Four European Mediterranean countries are launching an initiative in June to identify thousands of missing migrants who died or went missing during the perilous sea crossing to the continent. Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus — hardest hit by waves of migrants form Syria and Libya or people elsewhere in Africa — will gather on June

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Conclusions of the Fifth Meeting of the AU High Level Committee on Libya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17 April 2018

1.    The AU High Level Committee on Libya convened its 5th meeting, at ministerial level, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 April 2018. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, H.E. Jean-Claude Gakosso, in his capacity as the Representative of the Chair of the AU High Level

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Siemens secures H-class gas turbine order from China

Siemens secured its first H-class gas turbine order in Mainland China. The company will supply two H-class gas turbines, two steam turbines and four generators for a power plant project in Guangdong Province. The customer is Huadian Fuxin Energy Corporation Limited (Huadian Fuxin), a subsidiary of China Huadian Corporation Ltd (CHD), one of the five

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UN blacklists Myanmar’s army for sexual violence

The United Nations on Monday added Myanmar’s armed forces to its blacklist of groups “credibly suspected” of carrying out sexual violence in areas of armed conflict for the first time. “The widespread threat and use of sexual violence was integral to [their] strategy, serving to humiliate, terrorize and collectively punish the Rohingya community as a

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Over 200 child soldiers released in South Sudan

At least 207 child soldiers are being released in South Sudan, the third largest such release in 2018, the UN Children’s Fund said on Tuesday. According to UNICEF, over 19,000 children are thought to have been recruited by all sides since the civil war began five years ago. “The released children will be reunified with

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Chinese-built electricity poles plant inaugurated in South Sudan

The South Sudan government on Monday launched a factory producing concrete poles that will facilitate an ambitious project done by a Chinese company to rehabilitate and expand the Power Distribution System in Juba, its capital. The Minister of Dams and Electricity, Dhieu Mathok, said that the factory, rented by Power China, will produce some 13,350

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