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UN-backed demobilization process kicks off in southern Sudan

Thousands of former fighters are taking part in a new United Nations-supported disarmament drive in the far south of Sudan. The seven ex-combatants – three women and four men – were disarmed, registered and issued certificates during the launch of the scheme yesterday in Torit, the capital of Eastern Equatoria state in southern Sudan. They are the first of some ...

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Clooney on peace mission for Sudan

Actor George Clooney has joined the UN Security Council in a heart-wrenching effort to publicise the human suffering in the African country. US news reporter, Ann Curry, quoted Clooney in her blog: ‘If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?’ Clooney said. The actor has travelled to the ...

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The International Food Security Treaty: Human Rights Law and the Eradication of World Hunger

John Teton, Director, International Food Security Treaty Campaign, will discuss “The International Food Security Treaty: Human Rights Law and the Eradication of World Hunger,” at 6 p.m., Oct. 7, in Room 128, Yale Law School. A proposed treaty that aims to end hunger with the aid of international law, known as the International Food Security Treaty (IFST), will be described by John Teton, ...

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Sudan discusses disarmament with Chadian rebels

Sudan is holding talks with the Chadian rebel about their armed presence in the country, told the AFP the spokesperson of the rebel Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR) on Monday. Once their best supporter, the improvement of bilateral relations between Khartoum and Ndjamena pushed the Sudanese and Chadian authorities to stop their support for rebel groups from both sides. ...

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UN summit ends with Swiss leader’s appeal to ‘spirit’ for action beyond rhetoric

World leaders wrapped up an annual rite of global diplomacy Wednesday, pledging to try to do more despite many of them feeling that they have less in their pockets to contribute. At the U.N. General Assembly’s annual high-level gathering, which lasted almost two weeks, presidents and ministers vowed to extract tens of billions more from their financially hard-hit nations to ...

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Blackwater to pay $42M, owner Prince moves to Abu Dhabi

The private security company Blackwater has reportedly agreed to pay $42 million in fines to the State Department to settle hundreds of violations of export control regulations. The New York Times reports the violations included illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan, and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers. Read and watch: ...

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Women’s Peace Conference Underway in Juba, Sudan

This week, 66 women from some of Sudan’s diverse and volatile regions are in Juba for a conference called “Pathways to Sustainable Peace in Sudan: Why We Can’t Wait!” Joining them are 10 Sudanese women now living in the United States and Canada who are members of a group called Sisterhood for Peace. via Women’s Peace Conference Underway in Juba, ...

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Hague court puts Sudan peace talks in jeopardy

An unprecedented genocide charge against the Sudanese president Omar al Bashir could jeopardise Darfur peace talks currently being held in Qatar, diplomatic sources warned yesterday. The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, announced on Monday that Mr al Bashir was to become the first sitting head of state to be charged with the most serious crime in international ...

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