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As Trump-Kim Summit Nears, President Is Confident, but Wide Gaps Remain

  Mr. Trump, who spent much of the day talking to other Asian leaders about the high stakes of his encounter with Mr. Kim, told Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, that he was bullish about the outcome. “I just think it’s going to work out very nicely,” he said. While Mr. Trump had lunch with Mr. Lee under a glittering chandelier in the prime minister’s ceremonial offices, a team of American diplomats was meeting at a nearby hotel…

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Confidence in That South Sudan Peace Efforts Will be Fruitful

Insurgent leader Riek Machar announced his willingness to negotiate with his sworn enemy, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, after meeting with Raila Odinga, named mediator by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.   Something is going to change; I had a fruitful meeting with (…) Raila Odinga, said Machar on his Twitter account as a summary of his meeting with the Kenyan politician, whose dowry skills were praised during the process to put together a united front to President Kenyatta, with…

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South Sudan to introduce bigger banknote amid rising inflation

The Central Bank of South Sudan said Monday it will introduce higher banknote of 500 South Sudanese pounds (SSP) amid rising inflation in the conflict-torn East African nation. The bank said the new banknote that features the image of the country’s revolutionary leader John Garang will be introduced soon. “The Bank of South Sudan would like to inform the general public that it is introducing a new banknote of 500 South Sudanese pounds as legal tender in the Republic…

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US urges regional governments to block South Sudan war money

A U.S. Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda Monday that authorities in countries like neighboring Uganda must make it clear that “corrupt money is not wanted here.” It is widely believed that many South Sudanese government officials have invested heavily in real estate in cities such as Kampala, Uganda’s…

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