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Salva Kiir Accuses Paul Malong of Mobilizing troops for the war

President Salva Kiir said Sunday his ex-army chief of staff whom he released into exile through mediation brokered by elders was now mobilizing for war, citing videotapes in which he was talking to soldiers and officers in the army to cause rebellion and attack towns in Bahr el Ghazal. “This was what I said no one knows Malong more than me. The way he talked to me in Yirol on phone and the way he talked when he returned…

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Trump Talks About War With North Korea. Here’s How Horrific That Would Really Be

  President Donald Trump’s taunt this week that his “Nuclear Button” was bigger and more powerful than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s once again raised the specter of armed conflict between the U.S. and Kim’s regime. Trump has been engaged in an intense and at times juvenile battle of insults and threats with Kim since he took office. In that same time, Pyongyang has rapidly expanded its nuclear and missile capabilities. Amid the constantly escalating rhetoric between Trump and…

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Israel Tells African Migrants, Asylum-Seekers To Leave Or Go To Jail

Almost 40,000 undocumented African migrants in Israel will soon face a grim choice: uproot their lives and leave now, or risk going to jail indefinitely. The Israeli cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan that would see the government give $3,500 to undocumented African migrants who agree to leave before the end of March. Those who remain in Israel by that deadline would face indefinite detention. Israel’s interior minister and public security minister described the agreement as “two options: voluntary deportation or sitting in…

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Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

Clashes have broken out near South Sudan’s capital Juba between government troops and rebels, officials said on Friday, the latest violation of a ceasefire signed last month. The deal reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the government of President Salva Kiir and a myriad of opposition groups had aimed to end a four-year-old war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.   But several violations have since taken place, for which all sides have…

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Dictator Museveni Signed into law a controversial bill

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a controversial bill that removes presidential age limits from the constitution. The legal adjustment, signed by Museveni on December 27, allows the 73-year-old president to extend his almost 31 years in power, despite once saying he despised African leaders “who want to overstay in power”. Museveni would have been barred from contesting elections in 2021 under the previous rules, which prevented candidates younger than 35 or older than 75 from holding presidential…

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South Sudan Rebel Attacks Have Killed 34 People Since Beginning of Year

Attacks by rebel groups in South Sudan killed 34 people in the first three days of this year even as warring parties agreed in December to cease hostilities, according to a military official. Three attacks in the south of the country by rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and the army’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Thomas Cirillo Swaka, left six assailants dead Wednesday while an ambush on traveling traders killed four civilians, military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang…

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Tackling Sexual Violence in Humanitarian NGOs

Nearly three years ago, Megan Nobert, a humanitarian worker in South Sudan, was drugged and raped by an employee of a United Nations agency, according to her account, made public six months later. That was when Nobert decided to form the advocacy group Report the Abuse to encourage others to tell their stories and rally support for victims. Her small organization struggled, and in August 2017, it was dissolved because it was unable to garner financial support. Now, amid…

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Sudan unveils plan to link railway to Ethiopia, S.Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday announced plans to build a railway system linking Sudan to Ethiopia and South Sudan. “We will connect railway lines to Ethiopia,” al-Bashir said while inaugurating a new train line linking capital Khartoum to the city of Wad Madani, the regional capital of Sudan’s central El Gezira State. “We also seek to link our railway to South Sudan so that it might serve as a transit hub with Kenya and Uganda, thus facilitating…

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Who detains Machar in South Africa?

South Sudanese armed and non-armed opposition groups seems to be misrepresenting responsibilities regarding Riek Machar’s confinement in South Africa when at least eight of them wrote – on Friday – a petition to the Chairman of the IGAD and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, appealing for the “immediate” release of the SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar Teny who have been detained in South Africa since 2016. To the surprise of many, myself included, the groups, represented by their…

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US, UK, Norway warn South Sudan over breaking cease-fire

The United States, Britain and Norway are warning South Sudan’s warring sides to respect a cease-fire after reported violations. The statement by the three countries on Tuesday comes after the armed opposition and South Sudan’s government traded accusations of violations of the cease-fire that began early Dec. 24. South Sudan’s civil war has entered its fifth year, with untold tens of thousands killed. The troika’s new statement says field commanders “and their political superiors” will be held accountable for…

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