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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

Humiliated by his Boss: Deng Alor is determined to remains in TGONU until peace is achieved

South Sudan’s minister of foreign affairs Deng Alor Kuol has broken his silence and said he was being “humiliated” by the country’s president Salva Kiir and some cabinet ministers since he started to serve in the unity government in Juba. Deng Alor is representing the SPLM-FDs opposition group in the incumbent government led by President Kiir according to the 2015 peace deal. SPLM-FDs is a faction made up of senior ruling party officials who were detained when the conflict…

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Kenya issues travel advisory on South Sudan, cites insecurity

Kenya has issued a travel advisory for its citizens living in and travel to South Sudan citing insecurity in rebel-held areas. The Wednesday advisory came barely a day after two pilots, who were detained in the country after their plane crashed, were released. “Kenyan nationals living or travelling to South Sudan to move away from and avoid travelling to areas where armed conflicts and inter-ethnic violence have occurred within the last six months,” Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma said….

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Egypt keen to boost S. Sudan security, stability: Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi expressed his country’s keenness on boosting peace and stability in war-torn South Sudan, the Egyptian presidential spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. Sisi’s remarks came during his meeting Tuesday with Mayiik Ayii Deng, the personal envoy of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, who handed Sisi a message from Kiir on Juba’s interest in enhancing bilateral ties with Cairo in all fields. “Sisi asserted during the meeting the strength of bilateral relations between the two…

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Nigeria Boko Haram: Schoolgirls escape militant attack

Schoolgirls and teachers in north-eastern Nigeria have escaped an attack on a boarding school by Boko Haram jihadists, witnesses say. They say the militants in pick-up trucks arrived in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening, shooting and setting off explosives. Alerted by the noise, staff and students were able to flee. In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the north-eastern town of Chibok. Residents and civilian militia in Dapchi…

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U.N. warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo  

  An upsurge of violence in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a “humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions”, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. Congo’s Tanganyika province has seen a sharp escalation of violence since late last year, with new armed groups forming and an increase in attacks and the use of firearms, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva. “We are warning today that a humanitarian disaster of extraordinary…

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Uganda: Use Borders to Expand Business – Museveni

Koboko — President Museveni has advised the people of Koboko to ensure they exploit the closeness to the border of South Sudan and DR Congo in order to expand their business. Speaking during the fundraising ceremony of St Paul’s, Koboko Archdeaconry in Nyangalia Parish, which is being constructed in memory of the third Archbishop of Uganda, Silvanus Wani, Mr Museveni said: “The people of Koboko are lucky because they border three countries. The colonial borders divided our people but…

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Kenyan pilots held in Akobo released

Two Kenyan pilots who were held by an armed group in Akobo, were released on Monday after a ransom of almost $110,000 was paid to the captors. The captives were identified by the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Ministry as Captain Frank Njoroge and the Co-pilot, Kennedy Shamalla. The men were reportedly held by an armed group after their plane crashed and killed one person and some heads of cattle in Akobo. The captors were demanding for $200,000 in order to…

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TradeMark East Africa to set up a Shs 28bn logistics hub in Gulu

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has launched the process of setting up a logistics centre in Gulu town to facilitate trade between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking to journalists at their offices in Kampala this morning, TMEA country director Moses Sabiiti said the organization has already secured $8m (Shs 28.8bn) from United Kingdom’s Department for Foreign Aid (DFID) and European Union for the world-class facility. “The hub will be able to handle 500,000 containers at one…

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Government wants foreign minister Deng Alor to resign

South Sudan’s government said it wants the country’s minister of foreign affairs Deng Alor Kuol to resign for allegedly lobbying secretly for targeted Western sanctions against government officials. Deng Alor is now representing the SPLM-FDs group in the incumbent government led by President Salva Kiir according to the 2015 peace deal. SPLM-FDs is a faction made up of senior ruling party officials who were detained when the conflict began in December 2013. In an interview with Al-Maugif Arabic newspaper,…

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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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