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Activists Urge IGAD, AU to Pressure South Sudan’s Warring Parties

 A coalition of more than 200 civil society groups in South Sudan is urging the regional bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union and the international community to put more pressure on South Sudan’s warring parties to end the conflict ahead of the next phase of peace talks scheduled for March. Round two of

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Statement of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union on the situation in Ethiopia

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is closely following the situation in Ethiopia.  He recalls, in this respect, that Ethiopia is not only home to the African Union Headquarters, but also an important member of the Union.  As such, Ethiopia plays a key role in promoting regional peace and

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South Sudan warring parties should be given more time to talk: experts

South Sudan’s warring parties should be given more time to talk rather than being pushed hard by mediators amid international and regional pressure to reach settlement to end over four years of conflict, experts said on Tuesday. Augustino Ting Mayai, political analyst at the Juba-based Sudd Institute, said the warring parties should be given more

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Seven years on, Libyans celebrate February 17 revolution nationwide

Libyans mark today (February 17, 2018) the seventh anniversary of the Libyan 2011 revolution, which freed the country from a 42-year-long dictatorship led by Moamar Gaddafi. The revolution torch was seen Friday relaying from one district to another and from one neighborhood to another, especially in Misrata, Tajoura, and Tripoli. On marched Libyans across the

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U.S.-based Russian news outlet registers as foreign agent

U.S.-based Russian news outlet RIA Global LLC has registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Justice Department, the fourth Russian-linked media company to do so since November under pressure from the U.S. government. RIA Global, which produces content for Russian state-owned news outlet Sputnik, registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) on Friday,

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Plane crashes in southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board

An Iranian commercial aircraft has crashed in southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman has told state TV. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620 kilometres south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency

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Oxfam prostitution scandal widens to at least three countries

A confidence crisis spread through the international aid community Tuesday amid accusations that the charity Oxfam had buried reports that its workers had prostituted survivors of the Darfur genocide, a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti and possibly disasters beyond those. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse condemned those involved in the scandal, saying on Twitter that “there is nothing more outrageous and dishonest than a sexual

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South Africa’s ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state: source

South Africa’s African National Congress party executive committee has decided to “recall,” or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership. President Jacob Zuma leaves Tuynhuys, the office of the Presidency at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa,

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Russia: Putin’s new antimissile system has been unveiled

THIS is the explosive footage that shows Russia is a force that doesn’t want to be messed with. The video, released by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, shows the successful test of a new rocket designed to destroy any missiles aimed at key Moscow installations. According to the Russian military, the tests

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South Sudan Cracking Down on Black Market Money Changers

The South Sudan government is cracking down on black market money changers to try to prevent the South Sudanese pound from falling any further against the U.S. dollar. A combined force of police officers, military and national security service operatives were seen moving through several Juba markets in the past week. One money changer, who

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