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User: newstrust Topic: Darfur Crisis
Category: Intl Efforts :: Diplomacy
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UN official: UN backs talks, not elections in South Sudan 3.5.2018 Washington Post: World
The United Nations opposes a plan by South Sudan’s government to move to elections if warring parties are unable to reconcile differences at peace talks now scheduled to start May 17, the U.N.’s deputy peacekeeping chief said Wednesday.
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South Sudan’s military chief dies during Egypt visit 20.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
General James Ajongo had taken over the role a year ago.
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The collapse of the U.S.-led world order has done more harm than we realize 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
In multiple miserable corners of the world, where U.S. envoys and aid would normally be, there is a void.
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South Sudan ex-military chief forms new opposition party 9.4.2018 Washington Post: World
South Sudan’s former military chief of staff Paul Malong is launching a new opposition party to challenge what he says is the corrupt government and to take part in the country’s upcoming peace talks at the end April in neighboring Ethiopia.
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US warns South Sudan of new measures if violence doesn’t end 29.11.2017 Washington Post: World
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned South Sudan’s government and rival forces Tuesday that the United States is ready to pursue additional measures if they don’t take action to end violence, start negotiations, and ease the humanitarian crisis in the conflict-wracked country.
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US ambassador to UN evacuated from volatile South Sudan camp 26.10.2017 AP Top News
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was evacuated from a U.N. camp for displaced people in South Sudan on Wednesday because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said....
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Nikki Haley and the awful dilemma posed by South Sudan 24.10.2017 Washington Post: World
The Trump administration official travels to the site of Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan 18.10.2017 AP Top News
YEI, South Sudan (AP) -- Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help....
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South Sudan is a disaster. Its president says: Not my fault. 15.10.2017 Washington Post
South Sudan is a disaster. Its president says: Not my fault.
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United Nations General Assembly live updates: World awaits President Trump's first assembly 19.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter 17.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It’s been two years since the United Nations adopted 17 goals aimed at fighting poverty and inequality, protecting the environment and fostering peace.

The target year for achieving those goals is 2030, but that’s little time, given the scope of the agenda, and experts note formidable obstacles...

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Uganda's 'open door' policy tested amid crush of desperate South Sudanese refugees 27.8.2017 New Kerala: World News
NEW YORK, 27 August 2017 / PRN Africa / -- South Sudan, Africa's newest nation, has known no respite since fighting broke out last July, following the collapse of a peace deal between Government and opposition forces, sparking what United Nations agencies report as incidents of "barbaric violence" carried out by armed groups, and a massive spike in the number of desperate people fleeing for safety.
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Sudan freezes sanction talks with U.S. for three months 13.7.2017 New Kerala: World News
Khartoum [Sudan], July 13 : In the wake of Washington delaying its decision to lift the sanctions on Sudan, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has decided to freeze negotiations with the United States (U.S.) for three months.
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On South Sudan's sixth birthday, here are 6 things you should know 9.7.2017 Washington Post
On South Sudan's sixth birthday, here are 6 things you should know
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Tillerson wants to merge the State Dept. and USAID. That’s a bad idea. 28.6.2017 Washington Post
Tillerson wants to merge the State Dept. and USAID. That’s a bad idea.
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UN envoy: South Sudan seeing military action as rains arrive 25.5.2017 Washington Post: World
South Sudan is experiencing significant military action and a last push to position combatant forces because the rainy season has arrived and roads will soon become unpassable for about four months, the U.N. envoy for the conflict-wracked African country said Wednesday.
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New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people 26.4.2017 Washington Post: World
At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United Nations official in South Sudan warned of a government offensive on the town.
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US urges new sanctions against South Sudan, Russia says ‘no’ 26.4.2017 Washington Post: World
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose an arms embargo and additional sanctions on South Sudan to pressure the parties to end the civil war in the world’s newest nation — but Russia and China remain opposed.
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Key US senator pushes back against Trump's proposed aid cuts 15.4.2017 AP Politics
BIDI BIDI CAMP, Uganda (AP) -- Face-to-face with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly defended U.S. foreign aid on Friday despite President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts in humanitarian assistance....
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Key US senator pushes back against Trump’s proposed aid cuts 15.4.2017 Washington Post: World
Face-to-face with victims of South Sudan’s famine and civil war, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly defended U.S. foreign aid on Friday despite President Donald Trump’s proposed deep cuts in humanitarian assistance.
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