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US finally amends the arms ban

The United States has finally amended a policy prohibiting the exportation of arms to South Sudan. Two weeks ago, the US imposed an arms embargo aimed at ending the violence in South Sudan. Following the decision, it said it would amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations-ITAR-to implement the order. According to the just-issued order, no broker may engage in or propose to engage in brokering activities subject to the restrictions that involve South Sudan without first obtaining the…

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Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency’s sex scandal   

 South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam on Thursday, citing disappointment at the British aid agency’s embroilment in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010 earthquake. The 86-year-old Nobel Peace laureate pulled out of public life in 2010 due to his advancing years but had continued to represent Oxfam even in retirement. “The Archbishop is deeply disappointed by allegations of immorality and possible criminality involving humanitarian workers linked to…

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Power-sharing talks break down over Kiir exclusion

Talks between South Sudan’s parties on power sharing at the ongoing peace talks have broken down after the opposition coalition demanded that the country’s president Salva Kiir should not lead the transitional government, accusing him of violating the 2015 peace accord. According to the report from rebel sources, the opposition groups also demanded that the warring parties should agree on main principles before negotiations and discussions on the best way of instituting the transitional government. The groups said that…

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