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South Sudan close to economic collapse as famine fears resurface 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Soaring inflation threatens to cause financial crash that would mark a tipping point for people struggling to survive brutal civil war, warns senior UN official

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Burundi's turmoil points to a shifting social and political landscape 21.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Analysts see the upheaval in Burundi as symptomatic of a public craving for principled politics and an end to the era of the autocratic statesman

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Editorial: Stopping South Sudan’s downward spiral 21.5.2015 Washington Post
THE UNITED States played a key role in the arrival of South Sudan as Africa’s 54th nation in 2011. President George W. Bush helped broker a north-south peace agreement in 2005, ending a civil war that claimed nearly 2 million lives. President Obama rallied the world to rescue that peace agreement a few years later when it was falling apart. The creation of the nation was celebrated as proof, as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it, that “peace is possible if people are willing to make hard choices and stand by them.” Susan E. Rice, the White House national security adviser, said one of her major accomplishments as United Nations ambassador was “helping midwife the birth of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.” Read full article ...
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The Kids Aren't All Right: Presidential Waivers, Child Soldiers and an American-Made Army in Africa 18.5.2015 Truthout.com
Malakal, South Sudan - I didn't really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn't draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.  It was unnerving. I don't know how old he was. I'd say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19. But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger - no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn't  trusted  to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. It was  mandatory  for me to be in school. The law  decreed  just how many hours I could work and prohibited my employment in jobs deemed too dangerous for kids - like operating mixing machines in bakeries or repairing elevators. No one, I can say with some certainty, would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands. But someone thought it was acceptable for them. A lot of someones ...
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South Sudan risks 'catastrophe' with new aid agency law, warn NGOs 14.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Umbrella group of aid organisations voices fears over potential humanitarian repercussions of bill that would impose 20% limit on foreign staff

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South Sudan: Heavy fighting in northeast force, UN to evacuate staff 12.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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300,000 civilians in need of life-saving aid in South Sudan: UN 12.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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In South Sudan, a local radio project is calming community tensions 8.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Nile FM, a humanitarian information service in Malakal in Upper Nile State, is empowering local people and delivering information to help keep the peace

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Report: total of internally displaced up to 38 million as Iraq, other conflicts take toll 6.5.2015 Star Tribune: World
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South Sudan leaders putting country's future at 'grave risk', warns John Kerry 5.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
US secretary of state accuses president and his rival of failing to take chance to end conflict that has brought escalating violence and food shortages South Sudan’s promising future is “at grave risk of being squandered” because its leaders have failed to reach a lasting peace deal to end a bloody civil war more than a year after negotiations began , US secretary of state John Kerry has warned. Millions of lives are at risk of escalating violence and food shortages after fresh clashes between forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and those aligned to his former vice-president Riek Machar broke out last month in the country’s Upper Nile and Unity states. The International Crisis Group said the recent fighting, which has displaced more than 14,000 civilians , is the most serious violence the country has seen since August last ...
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For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks 28.4.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
At a charity center in Sicily, survivors of the dangerous sea crossings from Libya to Italy face legal and economic limbo and a frosty welcome. But it's still better than the places they fled.
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Sudan's pyramids, rivaling those in neighboring Egypt, go unvisited amid sanctions 26.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited 26.4.2015 AP Top News
AL-BERGAWIYA, Sudan (AP) -- The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted....
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UN agency 'extremely worried' about missing staff in volatile South Sudan 23.4.2015 New Kerala: India News
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700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck off Libya 19.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Hundreds more people are believed to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, UN’s refugee agency says The Mediterranean’s migration crisis worsened on Sunday morning as up to 700 more migrants were feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe . If confirmed, the accident means that at least 1,500 migrants have died so far in 2015 while on route to Europe – at least 30 times higher than last year’s equivalent figure, which was itself a record. It comes just days after 400 others drowned last week in a similar ...
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Afghanistan's Economic Recovery: A New Horizon for South-South Partnerships? 30.3.2015 Truthout.com
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadsai at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Chanclery in Berlin, Germany, December 5, 2014. (Photo via 360b / Shutterstock.com ) United Nations - First the centre of the silk route, then the epicenter of bloody conflicts, Afghanistan's history can be charted through many diverse chapters, the most recent of which opened with the election of President Ashraf Ghani in September 2014. Having inherited a country pockmarked with the scars of over a decade of occupation by U.S. troops – including one million unemployed youth and a flourishing opium trade – the former finance minister has entered the ring at a low point for his country. Afghanistan ranks near the bottom of Transparency International's most recent Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), tailed only by North Korea, Somalia and Sudan. A full 36 percent of its population of 30.5 million people lives in poverty, while spillover pressures from war-torn neighbours like Pakistan threaten to ...
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South Sudan food crisis leaves people of Ganyiel desperate for a peace deal 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In a country where conflict has left almost 2 million people displaced, the town of Ganyiel offers relatively safe harbour. But food is scarce and child malnutrition rates at critical levels

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Group: 7 killed, 1 injured in munitions explosions in South Sudan's Unity state 24.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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US evangelicals in Africa put faith into action but some accused of intolerance 18.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

While some modern missionaries are aware of the colonial legacies attached to their work, evangelical churches continue to provide aid while promoting an explicitly anti-gay agenda – which Christian nations are more likely to support

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Family of slain American hostage held by IS to bid farewell in hometown memorial service 7.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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