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Government delegates boycott second session of Peace talks

  The second session of the revitalization forum in Addis Ababa this afternoon hit a snag when government delegates chose to boycott the meeting over the number of representatives to attend the meeting. Multiple sources at the venue of peace talks in Addis Ababa revealed that the government delegation decided to boycott this afternoon’s meeting because they wanted more than three representatives to attend. “The government said they wanted more representatives to attend the meeting while IGAD allows three…

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The USA accuses South Sudan gov’t of pocketing fund meant for humanitarian work

    The USA accuses some individuals in South Sudan government of diverting to their pockets some money that has been allocated to humanitarian assistance, the US acting ambassador to South Sudan has said. Michael Morrow said his fellow Americans pay taxes to help the people of South Sudan. Unfortunately, he said, some people in the government use the cash for their own interest. “We feel that some of the government agencies rather than thanking for our contribution are…

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South Sudan gov’t takes tough stand against USA arm embargo, discredit support claim by USA during liberation

The government has recalled the ambassador to the United States in retaliation for the arms embargo. Last Friday, the Trump administration implemented the restrictions of defense articles and services into the country. It said the government and armed opposition groups have continued the use of military force to gain political advantage on the negation table. In response, the First Vice President, Taban Deng says the US has not been an arms support-partner to South Sudan. He criticized the role…

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Child abductions rise amid South Sudan civil war

It’s been almost two years since Deng Machar’s three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan’s opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet. “They were playing right there,” Machar said. “It would be easier if they were dead because then I could forget.” Machar said his four-year-old daughter and five-year-old son were likely sold for cattle after being seized by men from the rival…

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To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way

A treaty committing the United States and Russia to keep their long-range nuclear arsenals at the lowest levels since early in the Cold War goes into full effect on Monday. When it was signed eight years ago, President Barack Obama expressed hope that it would be a small first step toward deeper reductions, and ultimately a world without nuclear weapons. Now, that optimism has been reversed. A new nuclear policy issued by the Trump administration on Friday, which vows…

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Kenyan, Ugandan Banks Targeted in Fresh Sanctions On Juba Warlords

  Kenyan and Ugandan banks are heading for major international scrutiny as promoters of the South Sudan peace process prepare to impose sanctions against people thought to be stumbling blocks. The sanctions against the spoilers could come as early as this week, when a review of progress in the revitalisation of the 2015 South Sudan peace process starts in Addis Ababa. The sanctions, sources said, would target the country’s top leadership, including the opposition, and would include asset freezes….

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