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Congo Brazzaville becomes Africa’s 7th OPEC Member

The Ministry of Hydrocarbons for the Republic of the Congo has announced that the country has become the fifteenth member of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Congo’s membership was approved during OPEC’s 174th ordinary meeting in Vienna. As the fourth-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, Congo wants to increase its oil production […]

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South Sudan: President Kiir, rebel leader Machar in Ethiopia for talks

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia this Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. This is the first time the rebel leader returns to Ethiopia since a peace deal broke down in 2016. He had been held under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016 after fleeing South […]

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir to meet Riek Machar for face-to-face talks

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has agreed to meet rebel leader Riek Machar for a face-to-face talks. The meeting was proposed by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a committee that has been leading talks between the government and the rebels to revive the 2015 peace deal. Kiir met Ethiopia’s prime minister who heads the […]

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South Sudan peace talks end in Ethiopia without deal

South Sudan peace talks in Ethiopia have ended on Wednesday without a deal. The conflicting parties on Monday agreed on only three issues out of over 11 demands raised by the opposition in Addis Ababa. According to Information minister Michael Makuei, the warring parties had agreed on cantonment of troops near Juba, unifying all the […]

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Kiir appoints Dier Ngor as governor of S. Sudan’s central bank

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday, appointed Dier Ngor as new central bank governor. According to the Statement released by the Presidency, Kiir had also appointed Albino Othow as the first deputy governor. Kiir issued two other decrees removing Governor Othom Rago Ajak and his Deputy Governor from their posts. The presidential decree on […]

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South Sudan: President Salva Kiir names Gabriel Jok Riak new army chief

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has appointed General Gabriel Jok Riak as the new head of the army, State Television reported. The top army general’s appointment follows the death in Cairo last month of army Chief General James Ajongo. The new chief of the war-torn nation was trained at Bilpam in Jumus Battalion, attended Shield […]

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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 […]

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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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