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Riek Machar in South Africa for Medical Treatments

South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar left Khartoum on Wednesday, for “medical examinations” in South Africa. The former rebel leader who lives in exile in Khartoum since July told reporters at Khartoum airport that he is going to South Africa for “further medical tests (…)” Hundreds died last in July – and tens of […]

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Ethiopia: Stampede Kills Dozens as Police Fires Teargas

Several people have been reportedly killed and many injured this weekend during a stampede as police dispersed a crowd at an annual cultural festival of the Oromo people, the nation’s largest ethnic group. Among the thousands of festival participants, a number of them marched chanting anti-government slogans with their arms crossed above their heads. Police […]

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Sudan: WBG Calls for ‘Diversification’ to Revive Ailing Economy

The World Bank Group (WBG) has urged the Sudanese government to accelerate macro-economic reforms and economic diversification including devaluing the Sudanese pound against the dollar, to achieve a stable growth. A shortage of foreign currency has seen the Sudanese pound depreciate against the dollar on the black market, reaching about 16 to the dollar in […]

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Ethiopian PM Says Rieck Machar is no More ‘Welcome’

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen said former South Sudan first vice president and rebel leader, Riek Machar is only welcome to the country on a temporary basis because Ethiopia will not entertain anyone leading an armed group. The Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen who was speaking to the US-based portal, Foreign Policy, said Machar who […]

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Sudan to Close Border with South Sudan again

The Sudanese government on Sunday said it would close its border with South Sudan within days if its neighbor does not expel militant groups. According to Sudan’s Foreign Minister, South Sudan had pledged to expel the militant groups within 21 days during a visit last month. Khartoum would re-seal the border if its neighbor fails […]

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South Sudan’s Inflation Hits 600%

South Sudan’s National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday said the war-torn nation’s inflation rate hiked by more than 600 percent in July. “Everything here comes from Uganda and the road is closed, transportation of the goods to reach here is a problem, clearance is expensive, the road blocks here are expensive so, if we don’t […]

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South Sudan Agrees to 4,000 Additional Peacekeepers

The South Sudanese government this weekend agreed to the deployment of 4,000-strong regional protection force in the war-torn East African country as approved by the United Nations. “The transitional government of national unity agrees to the deployment of the regional force,” a joint statement with the United Nations Security Council said. The announcement came after […]

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Sudan’s Ceasefire Talks Collapse in Addis-Ababa

Sudan’s ceasefire talks have collapsed less than a week after they began, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The road map of ceasefire talks and political reconciliation have failed due to lack of commitment by armed factions, the state’s chief negotiator was quoted by the news agency as saying. Speaking to reporters at Khartoum airport upon return […]

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Sudan: Talks to End Years of Conflict Resume

Talks to end years of conflict in Sudan began on Tuesday, a day after the signing of a roadmap agreement on peace and dialogue by Sudanese warring groups. Instigated by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, the roadmap agreement was earlier rejected by four groups but […]

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Ethiopia to Distribute 14 Million Praziquantel Tablets to School Children

Ethiopia has received around 14 million praziquantel tablets, used to treat schistosomiasis, for mass distribution to school children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ethiopia is one of the most endemic countries for schistosomiasis worldwide. It is estimated that around 23% of the overall population (23 million people) requires treatment. The Country has been […]

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