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East African bloc of nations postpones South Sudan peace talks

The East African bloc of nations IGAD has postponed the next round of the South Sudan peace talks to next month. The talks in Addis Ababa were scheduled to be held April 26 to 30. The talks are expected to cover security and governance structures for South Sudan, the world’s newest country after the attainment […]

South Sudan: vaccination campaigns to reach more than 140,000 people

The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people in March of this year. Following an outbreak in February, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also been […]

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South Sudan protests against UN peacekeeping mission

South Sudan government has protested the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) in the war-stricken country. According to Information minister and government official spokesperson Michael Makuei, the Security Council decision was unfair and totally unacceptable. He said Juba was not consulted on the matter. The UN Security Council […]

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UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa. In a joint news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration […]

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip […]

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South Sudanese rebels release Kenyan pilots

South Sudanese rebels have released two Kenyan pilots they had kidnapped on January 7, a rebels’ spokesman said on Monday. Captain Frank Njoroge and his copilot Kennedy Shamalla were held by rebels in Akobo, in the Greater Upper Nile region. The pilots were flying from Juba to Akobo County in the Upper Nile state, according […]

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Africa: Conflict, climate change behind hunger of 224 million – UN

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition in Africa as effects of climate change and conflicts bite, the United Nations warned on Monday. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the situation is a “cause of concern” as the continent’s population was expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030. The rise in […]

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South Sudan: Rebels release over 300 child soldiers

More than 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, were released by armed groups on Wednesday during a ceremony sponsored by the United Nations. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomed the release of the former child soldiers saying it expected to see at least 700 children freed in the coming weeks. According to the […]

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South Sudan to open new terminal at Juba International Airport

South Sudan will open later this month a new terminal at its main international airport, the Juba International Airport, local media reported. The facility is an extension of the old terminal that was started in 2008 but had been abandoned for lack of funds. There is no word on the cost or source of funding. […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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