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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 |

South Sudan president Kiir heads to Ethiopia for peace talks with rebel leader

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir headed to Ethiopia on Wednesday for talks with rebel leader Riek Machar on ending a five-year civil war in which tens of thousands of civilians have been killed. The talks would be the first meeting between the two since a peace deal between the government and Machar’s rebel group fell apart in August 2016. “IGAD has decided to call face-to-face dialogue between our president and Riek Machar,” Awut Deng, a senior member of Kiir’s…

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Kenyatta heads to IGAD meeting as leaders review S.Sudan peace process

President Uhuru Kenyatta is Thursday set to depart for Addis Ababa to attend a regional meeting on ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. Deputy State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena told reporters Wednesday that the meeting to be attended by leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will review the progress made in the South Sudan peace process. “The leaders want to review the strategies that IGAD has put in place to ensure the return of peace…

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China says it regrets U.S. quitting U.N. rights council

China expressed regret on Wednesday over a U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, with state media saying the image of the United States as a defender of rights was “on the verge of collapse”. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the decision to pull out of the council on Tuesday over what she said was chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform. Rights group have criticized the decision as sending…

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South Sudan rebel leader arrives in Ethiopia for talks to end civil war

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, as part of talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, a rebel spokesman and an Ethiopian official said. “Yes, I can confirm to you that our chairman has arrived in Addis Ababa airport this morning,” rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said, referring to Mr Machar, who had been held under house arrest in South…

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Kenya rejects push to seize property of South Sudan leaders

Kenya has rejected fresh pressure from the United States to seize the properties of South Sudanese leaders that were allegedly bought with proceeds from corruption, money laundering and war profits. Officials from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs say the country is happy to share intelligence with the US on illicit money flows from South Sudan, but it must first establish mechanisms for verifying the reports provided by Washington. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Macharia Kamau the…

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South Sudan warring leaders to meet Wednesday, Ethiopia says

Ethiopia says South Sudan’s warring leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war. Spokesman Meles Alem with Ethiopia’s foreign ministry tells The Associated Press that South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday evening. Both sides last week welcomed the invitation by Ethiopia’s prime minister to meet. The East African regional bloc last month called…

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There’s Been a Global Increase in Armed Groups. Can They Be Restrained?

Raiding among cattle-herding tribes is a traditional part of life in South Sudan, but in the past five years, the skirmishes have become more violent and unrestrained. Small armed bands that traditionally guarded their communities’ livestock have been drawn into bitter proxy battles between the country’s two largest tribes: the Dinka, who hold power in Juba, the national capital, and the Nuer. No longer limited to raiding each other’s villages and herds, these bands of well-armed tribal fighters have…

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Two South Sudan refugees die after World Cup game fight

Two South Sudanese refugees have died in a fight that erupted in a video hall, where they were watching a World Cup football match. The incident, according to the police, occurred during a game between Brazil Vs Switzerland on Sunday night at Tika Zone in Rhino Camp Settlement. Arua Regional Police Commander, Mr Jonathan Musinguzi said the fight was between a group of  Nuer tribesmen who attacked members of the Dinka tribe. Mr Musinguzi identified the two Dinka tribesmen…

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South Sudan’s cabinet passes $63 million budget for 2018-2019

South Sudan’s cabinet adopted on Thursday a budget of 81.6 billion South Sudanese pounds ($62 million) for the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase of 75 percent from the previous period, the government said. More than four years of civil war have destroyed South Sudan’s economy. Inflation was at 161.2 percent in March, with hyperinflation persisting for several years due in part to its depreciating currency. The government depends on crude oil, but output is less than half its pre-war…

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US goes after Kiir, Machar’s wealth in Kenya, threatens sanctions

The United States has threatened sanctions and funding cuts for the Kenyan government if it fails to investigate President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. Sigal Mandalker, who is US Secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, claimed that the leaders are using the country, and Uganda, as a safe haven for their property acquired through proceeds of conflict in South Sudan. The US government further wants Kenya to impose sanctions on corrupt South Sudanese individuals by barring…

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