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China urges South Sudan ceasefire as peace talks stutter | Reuters

China, the biggest investor in South Sudan’s oil industry, called on Monday for an immediate ceasefire in the world’s newest state, as rebel and government negotiators haggled over the scope of peace talks meant to end three weeks of fighting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was deeply concerned by the unrest in South Sudan, which has killed more ...

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South Sudan rivals open ceasefire talks | Al Jazeera English

The SPLA is now the official army in South Sudan (Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN)

South Sudan’s warring parties are holding preliminary meetings before the official start of negotiations in a bid to end nearly three weeks of conflict, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry has said. Dina Mufti, a spokesman for the ministry, said on Friday that representatives of the government and rebel groups were meeting in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. He said the meeting was ...

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UN’s Ban Ki-moon seeks to boost South Sudan force | BBC News

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to add 5,500 UN troops to the 7,000-strong force in South Sudan, amid escalating fighting there. His plea comes as new details emerge of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence. Mr Ban warned that anyone responsible for abuse would be held to account. Tens of thousands ...

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South Sudan crisis: Kenya and Ethiopia leaders in Juba for talks | BBC

The leaders of two of South Sudan’s neighbours, Kenya and Ethiopia, have held “constructive” talks there in a bid to halt fighting, officials say. More than a thousand people are feared dead in violence that began 11 days ago and has raised fears of a civil war. Ethiopia’s foreign minister said the meeting with President Salva Kiir was “candid” and ...

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Calling for Peace in South Sudan | United to End Genocide

United to End Genocide is deeply concerned about the recent violence in South Sudan. Over the past few days there have been various reports about a possible coup attempt, extensive fighting among soldiers and reports of house to house searches and targeted killing of civilians based on ethnicity. The people of South Sudan deserve a future of peace and security. ...

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Dem. Republic of Congo signs peace deal with M23 rebels | GlobalPost

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has signed a peace deal with the M23 rebels it had been fighting until they laid down their arms last month, Kenya’s presidential spokesman said on his official Twitter account on Thursday. “DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) govt, M23 sign peace agreement in Nairobi,” Manoah Esipisu wrote on his account. For more ...

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How The World Is Celebrating The Life Of Nelson Mandela | ThinkProgress

In his homeland of South Africa, mourners marched through the streets with tributes to Nelson Mandela. For more on this story, visit: PHOTOS: How The World Is Celebrating The Life Of Nelson Mandela | ThinkProgress. South Africa’s first black president died peacefully in company of his family at home in Johannesburg, Jacob Zuma announces For more on this story, visit: ...

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Prescription for Lasting Peace and Stability | Friends of the Congo

by Kambale Musavuli The 17-year quest for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken a significant step in the right direction after the national military routed the Rwanda and Uganda-backed M23 militia and declared an end to its reign of terror against the Congolese people; however, many concerns remain. In order to support this victory and make lasting ...

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Urging a Comprehensive U.S. Government Strategy in Central African Republic | FCNL

Civilians in the Central African Republic are at imminent risk of atrocity crimes. Political, security, and human rights conditions continue to deteriorate, and increasing violence between Muslim and Christian communities within the country has compounded an already dire emergency humanitarian situation. We urge the U.S. to join the international community in working to halt violence, protect civilians from mass atrocities, ...

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Tunisian Rap Song Turns into an Anthem for Youth | Global Voices

Houmani, a simple song with a strange title and a video clip that did not cost much, has generated big debates these recent weeks.The song has quickly blended into the popular culture generating several conversations and debates…The issue of working class neighborhoods vs rich neighborhoods, though not directly tackled in the song, is very present. A question has been raised ...

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