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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 ‘remains trapped in cycle of debt’

South Sudan remains trapped in a worsening cycle of debt as it is losing large portions of revenues through compensation agreements and defense expenses, according to a report by the World Bank. South Sudan has been using its net oil revenue to repay debts from oil trader Trafigura and advances to the Sudan. The World Bank says this has left the country with little net oil revenues to fund the 2018/2019 budget. “Given these financing shortfalls, the government has…

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New Evidence: The Real Reason Gaddafi Was Killed

Qaddafi was not killed for humanitarian purposes but for the oil and for money. His ideas of an African gold-backed currency were his major undoing. The recent Hillary Clinton email leaks have opened a can of worms everywhere including in Africa. Wikileaks released an unclassified U.S. Department of State document emailed to Clinton, dated April 2, 2011. Sidney Blumenthal, the sender of the email confirmed what the world already suspected. Qaddafi was not killed for humanitarian purposes but for the oil and for…

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South Sudan: No Amnesty for War Crimes

South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said. The parties to the conflict signed a peace agreement on August 5, 2018, in Khartoum, agreeing to new power sharing arrangements and a timetable for further talks. On August 8, President Salva Kiir offered a “general amnesty” to heads of armed groups involved in the nation’s five-year civil war as…

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South Sudan’s Kiir grants rebel leader Machar, others amnesty

South Sudan President Salva Kiir offered amnesty to all those involved in the nation’s bloody five-year civil war as part of a recent agreement to end the fighting. Rebel leader Riek Machar was among those granted a pardon by Kiir. Those who “waged war against in the government” were granted general amnesty, Kiir stated late Wednesday. The president also reiterated a call for his forces to observe a ceasefire agreed in June by both the government and Machar’s rebels. The decision came days after…

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AU response to South Sudan Peace Agreement

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the signing of the Agreement on Outstanding Issues of Governance, in Khartoum, on 5 August 2018. This constitutes an important step in ending the conflict in South Sudan and the suffering inflicted on its people. The Chairperson of the Commission urges the South Sudanese parties to sustain the momentum arising from the signed agreement, by continuing to demonstrate the required spirit of compromise and implementing in good faith…

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More children released from South Sudanese armed groups – UNICEF

More than 100 children were released by two armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number released this year to over 900. This was the fourth release ceremony in 2018 and like two previous events, it took place in the town of Yambio in the south of the country. Additional releases are expected in the coming months. “The progress made this year gives us reason to hope that one day all of the 19,000 children still…

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Kiir worried over bloated unity government

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has expressed concern that the upcoming transitional government will require a lot of money. South Sudan’s parties signed a peace agreement in Khartoum on Sunday in the latest attempt to end the country’s five-year civil war. As part of the deal, Kiir will remain president and his main rival Machar will be reinstated as the First Vice President, one of five vice presidents. The deal also provides for 35 ministries and 550 members of…

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China calls on South Sudan conflicting parties to implement peace deal

China has called on South Sudan’s conflicting parties to implement a peace deal and resume peace and stability in the country at an early date, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday. A peace deal on power-sharing and security arrangements was signed on Sunday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, major opposition leader Riek Machar, and representatives of other opposition factions. In response, spokesperson Hua Chunying said China welcomed and appreciated the peace deal,…

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South Sudanese say hope peace deal helps revive economy

  A peace deal in South Sudan has revived hope not just that the guns will stop firing but that economic stability can return. Since war broke out in 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed, a third of the population has fled their homes and the economy, which depends on oil, has been ruined. On Sunday President Salva Kiir and his former vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar signed a ceasefire and power-sharing agreement in…

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South Sudanese government and rebels sign peace deal to end conflict

The South Sudan government on Sunday signed a final peace deal and power-sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group, according to the foreign minister of neighbouring Sudan, which has helped broker the agreement Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir attended the signing ceremony in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. Several other African leaders also witnessed the ceremony, including the presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Djibouti. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said on Friday he believed the deal would hold because it was…

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