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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 |

Kenya doctors ‘perform brain surgery on wrong patient’

  Four Kenyan medics have been suspended after cutting open the skull of the wrong patient at a hospital in Nairobi. One patient needed surgery for a blood clot on the brain, the other only non-invasive treatment for swelling. But a horrifying mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man operated on, reports say. The doctors did not realise their mistake until “hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot”, the Daily Nation reported. The head…

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Six aid workers killed in Central African Republic attack: UNICEF

Unidentified assailants killed a UNICEF employee and five other education workers in an attack in the Central African Republic, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. The attack took place on Sunday as the group was traveling to the northeastern town of Markounda, located in a remote region near the Chadian border, where they were to train local teachers. All those killed were Central African citizens and included a UNICEF education consultant, two education ministry officials and three…

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South Africa police station raid: Five killed in Umtata

  Five police officers and a soldier have been shot dead during a raid on their station in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. In a statement, the South African Government News Agency said three officers were killed instantly. The off-duty soldier was shot as the assailants fled, taking two other officers hostage. Their bodies were found 6km (4 miles) down the road. A government statement said both men had been shot “execution style”. The unknown group of armed robbers burst into…

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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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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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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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Cyril Ramaphosa elected South Africa’s President

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed as President by African National Congress (ANC) following Jacob Zuma resignation. Ramaphosa was chosen by lawmakers as permanent president, a role he will fill until elections next year. The National Assembly speaker congratulated the country’s new president as she wished former president the best in his endeavours. His appointment was certain as Members of Parliament elected him unopposed. In his address, Ramaphosa vowed to be a servant and engage all stakeholders including…

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submits resignation

  Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition. The move comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has released thousands of prisoners to ease tensions. In January 3, 2018 Desalegn disclosed that Ethiopia would release and pardon prisoners jailed for political reasons. This marked the first time that the government had to admit that there were people…

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