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Israel behind airstrike in Syria, US official says

An airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border Sunday was carried out by Israel, and not by the US or the coalition fighting ISIS, a US official tells CNN. Syrian state TV blamed the strike that targeted pro-regime forces and caused multiple casualties on the US-led coalition combating the terrorist group, but a spokesman for the

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $200bn in Chinese imports

Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10% rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade

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Libyan airstrikes target group attacking oil ports

Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya’s national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country. The militia, led by Ibrahim Jadhran who opposes the self-styled Libyan National Army

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Garang hails US sanctions on South Sudan leaders

South Sudan leaders have praised President Donald Trump administration’s push to freeze assets of leaders fuelling the conflict in Africa’s newest nation. The US disclosed that some South Sudanese leaders are on a sanctions list and have continued to invest illicit money in Kenya’s real estate market. ALSO READ: US calls for crackdown on S.

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South Sudan Wants New Site for Peace Talks

South Sudan’s government says it wants a planned meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to take place outside the countries of the East Africa bloc IGAD. Kiir and Machar were expected to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 20. But, speaking to reporters Friday, government spokesman Michael Makuei suggested South

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Jordan jumps four ranks on global peace scale

Jordan has climbed four spots in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking as the 98th most peaceful country in the world. The report, published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), indicated that Jordan ranked at the 7th level in the Middle East and North Africa region. The GPI surveys 99.7 per

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Resource competition and climate change hampering South Sudan peace and development

The South Sudan State of Environment & Outlook Summary Report launched on World Environment Day is the first ever review of the South Sudan environmental situation. Droughts, floods, pollution, deforestation, and conflicts could worsen South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis and jeopardize the livelihoods of over 90 percent of the country’s 12 million people. Sustainable and equitable

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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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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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