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Int’l community urged to end ‘personality politics’

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Farmers report pest infestation in Babanusa, West Kordofan

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Farmers report pest infestation in Babanusa, West Kordofan


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Kapoeta health officials close cholera treatment centres

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Civil society calls for amendment of security laws

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UN may suspend Sudan flights due to funding shortage

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Young man drowns in Lobonok

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Cabinet endorses establishment of federal affairs ministry

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Mogae says political situation not conducive for peace implementation
Festus Mogae, chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said the political, security, humanitarian and economic situation remain precarious and not conducive for peace implementation in the country. JMEC is a body tasked with overseeing implementation of the signed peace deal in South Sudan. Speaking during a plenary meeting in Juba on Wednesday, Mogae said: “The renewed conflict since July 2016 and the escalation of armed violence, the fight of key opposition figures, and the emergence of new armed and political opposition has undermined the credibility of the implementation of the peace agreement   Read More ...
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Shilluk council in Khartoum wants unity government dissolved
Members of the Chollo (Shilluk) Community Council in Khartoum have called for the dissolution of President Kiir’s citing war crimes allegedly committed against Chollo tribe in Upper Nile. In a statement addressed to the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais, the council demanded that the current transitional government be dissolved and a new five-year transitional government is formed without President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar   Read More ...
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Machar's group slams IGAD, reiterates commitment to peace
Mabior Garang, eldest son of late John Garang de Mabior, founder of the South Sudanese ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), said the opposition faction of the SPLM-IO led by former vice president turned opposition leader Riek Machar is committed to a genuine peace in the country, while criticizing the IGAD mediation. In a press statement he issued on Wednesday, Mabior, who is the chairman of the SPLM-IO’s national committee for information and public relations, said the IGAD mediation is fundamentally flawed and until President Kiir is no longer a ‘mediator’ and at the same time a ‘party to the conflict’, little progress will be possible in South Sudan   Read More ...
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Tags: Opposition | 
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UNISFA concerned over recent attacks on civilians in Abyei
The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) said it is deeply concerned about the recent spate of attacks on civilians within Abyei Area which has resulted in the loss of innocent civilians’ lives. “On 13 October 2017, there was a violent incident at the Amiet Common Market, located 15 kilometers north of Abyei town, in which an unknown armed group opened fire killing two women and injuring four others   Read More ...
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Protests in Aweil to demand release of Paul Malong
Intellectuals, members of disabled union and other groups in Aweil have been protesting since Monday against the South Sudanese government's detention of former army chief General Paul Malong Awan. Malong, who hails from Aweil East, is being confined to his home in Juba for security reasons. He was sacked in May by President Kiir after resignations by senior military officials. The demonstrators carried banners demanding the release of General Paul Malong upon the arrival of the national dialogue subcommittee in the town of Aweil on Monday   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Protests | 
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Legislators in Juba want Jonglei division referred to council of states
Two legislators representing Jonglei state in South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly said partitioning of the state is the constitutional mandate of the Council of States which is the upper house of parliament in Juba. “I know it. The state members of parliament have been talking to us about the motion they raised and the outcome of the motion. But as the national legislature, this does not fall within the competence of the national legislative assembly   Read More ...
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Former detainees say Kiir's dialogue unlikely to succeed: report
The former political detainees in the coalition government led by foreign minister Deng Alor Kuol have taken the view that Kiir’s national dialogue is unlikely to succeed because the deliberations are very critical of the president, according to a leaked IGAD report. The former detainees are a group of high level SPLM leaders who were arrested and released at the start of the South Sudan Civil War in December 2013 before going into exile in neighbouring countries   Read More ...
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Tags: Law Enforcement |  Detention | 
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Cirillo's group captures two areas from Machar's faction in Kajo-Keji
The National Salvation Front (NAS), a rebel group led by Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, has captured two areas from Machar’s SPLA-IO faction in Yei River State on Tuesday morning, a rebel spokesman allied to Machar said. Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy military spokesman of the SPLA-IO forces, told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday that the armed opposition group allied to Cirillo had attacked their positions and captured Bori and Sokare areas in Kajo-Keji County from their troops   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Rebels | 
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Int’l community urged to end ‘personality politics’
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations has called on the international community to strive for an end to ‘personality politics’ which is driving the conflict in South Sudan. The current conflict is being driven by individuals and accountable institutions must be allowed to take over, said Jean Pierre Lacroix. “South Sudan has been held hostage to personality politics and conflict,” he said   Read More ...
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South Sudan ratifies Maputo Protocol
South Sudan has ratified the main African Charter's Protocol on Human Rights and the Rights of Women. The South Sudan lawmakers ratified the protocol (with reservations) on Tuesday after length discussions. Also known as the Maputo Protocol, the deal guarantees comprehensive rights to women, including the right to take part in the political process and the protection against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice   Read More ...
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
Yei - 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 UN and US officials begged their leaders for help. The United Nations must send peacekeepers to Yei to protect civilians from President Salva Kiir's forces, who are burning villages and slaughtering men, women and children, they argued   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Ethnic cleansing | 
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Woman killed, two men injured in Abyei attack
A woman was killed and two men injured on Monday evening after an attack by unknown gunmen on a commercial vehicle in the disputed territory of Abyei. Rom Manyiel Rou, a civil society activist in Abyei, told Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday that unknown gunmen believed to be members of local militia groups attacked a passenger car coming from Abyei town and heading to Awol-Nhom   Read More ...
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Fighting erupts between rival forces in Kajo-Keji
Clashes broke out on Tuesday afternoon between government forces and opposition troops in Kajo-Keji town in Yei River State, a government spokesman in the state said. Alfred Kenneth Duku, minister of information in Yei, told Radio Tamazuj that the rebel forces had attacked their troops in Wudu and Laker areas but they were repulsed after fierce fighting for three hours. He claimed that their forces inflicted heavy losses on the attackers   Read More ...
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Tags: Military |  Soldiers | 
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Boma governor swears-in newly appointed officials
The governor of South Sudan’s Boma State, Ismail Konyi, has sworn-in two ministers, two advisors and chairpersons for various commissions in the state. The event took place at Boma state coordination office in Juba on Tuesday. The officials who were sworn in included ministers of information and youth. Two advisors for administration and traditional authority were also among the officials sworn-in   Read More ...
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Striker Leon puts a smile back on the faces of Al-Marriekh fans in Juba
Marriekh’s striker Khamis Leon has put a smile back on the faces of his fans on Tuesday evening at the Juba Football Stadium after scoring two goals for Marriekh FC in the eighth week of the second stage of Division One clubs of Juba Football Association. The game started strongly between Marriekh FC and Atalabara FC in the first half of the match   Read More ...
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Govt wants IGAD to share military details of rebel groups
South Sudan government has asked the IGAD council of ministers during their recent meeting in Juba to share the list of estranged groups that have been mapped with details of their military and political activities on the ground in the country, according to a leaked IGAD report. The cabinet ministers, according to the report, proposed two-track discussions where Chapter Two on security arrangements shall be discussed by the military wings of the estranged groups while the rest of the chapters are discussed by political wings   Read More ...
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South Sudan-Kenya border reopens after closure due to insecurity
South Sudanese authorities said they have officially reopened the main border crossing with neighbouring Kenya on Tuesday after it was shut down for two days after killing of several people in Turkana. Seven people including students were reportedly shot dead early Saturday morning at Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School in Turkana County. Kenyan authorities said the attacker was a South Sudanese student at the school who was on suspension   Read More ...
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South Sudanese women’s bloc wants inclusive peace revitalization
South Sudanese 'women's bloc' says an inclusive peace revitalization process is the only viable means to achieve durable peace in the country. Betty Sunday, member of the South Sudanese women's bloc, told Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday that they met with representatives of the East African regional IGAD in Juba where they discussed the revitalization process. Sunday, who is also the executive director of Women’s Monthly Forum organization, explained that the peace deal was not implemented fully, especially the provisions that talk about the Hybrid Court to try the perpetrators of the civil war   Read More ...
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Sports commission meets sports federations in Juba
Members of the sports Commission on Tuesday held meetings with representatives of sports and youths federations in Juba. Fanjok Akol Ajawin, director of culture, youths and sports, stressed the need to organize sports and youths activities in the country in an attempt to find solutions to challenges facing sports federations. Speaking to Radio Tamazuj in an interview, head of the sports commission Nicola Makuach said that any sports body or youths group must take into account the regional representation   Read More ...
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Deployment of regional force to Juba is underway: UN official
The deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) to the South Sudanese capital, Juba is underway, UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday. In August 2016, the United Nations Security Council following request by the East African regional bloc IGAD approved the deployment of 4,000-strong regional protection force to provide security in Juba. South Sudan’s government agreed after first rejecting the regional protection force as a breach of the country’s national sovereignty   Read More ...
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UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan
YEI, South Sudan (AP) — When South Sudan's Yei region turned violent in the midst of the country's civil war last year, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help. Government soldiers were burning villages and slaughtering men, women and children, they warned. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. The U.N. did not send peacekeeping troops to stay in Yei, and the U   Read More ...
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Businesses close as South Sudan war takes its toll
Kris Mbaya, the managing director of UAP Old Mutual South Sudan, who was posted to the country in early 2013, is among business managers who have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of South Sudan’s business landscape in its short history of 11 years as an independent state. Indeed, UAP Equatorial Tower, the tallest building in the country at 15 storeys high, is a fitting analogy of how businesses that flocked into South Sudan following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006 have crashed   Read More ...
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Places: E. Africa |  South Sudan | 
Total exploration licence could be revoked as firm delay start of operations
As South Sudan seeks investors in oil exploration following the mapping of several blocks, the country has said it will revoke the licences of firms that have failed to carry out their mandate — terming the companies as “vultures.” The government is currently at loggerheads with French company Total SA, which it accuses of using the licence for Blocks B1 and B2 for trading to raise funds, yet they have failed to commence exploration   Read More ...
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
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. The United Nations must send peacekeepers to Yei to protect civilians from President Salva Kiir's forces, who are burning villages and slaughtering men, women and children, they argued   Read More ...
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
YEI, South Sudan (AP) — When South Sudan's Yei region turned violent in the midst of the country's civil war last year, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help. Government soldiers were burning villages and slaughtering men, women and children, they warned. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. The U.N. did not send peacekeeping troops to stay in Yei, and the U   Read More ...
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South Sudanese model Alek Wek discusses her modelling career - Capital Lifestyle
Alek Wek is still learning about the fashion industry. The 40-year-old model - who embarked on a career in the industry aged 18 years old - has admitted sh A global lifestyle platform for digital storytelling, premiering exclusive daily content. We are a curated destination for the culturally curious, a point of reference for leaders in media and style, and a platform committed to all things ‘living   Read More ...
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
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. The United Nations must send peacekeepers to Yei to protect civilians from President Salva Kiir's forces, who are burning villages and slaughtering men, women and children, they argued   Read More ...
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Tags: Wars |  Ethnic cleansing | 
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South Sudan's government lukewarm about new peace push: UN
United Nations, United States | AFP | South Sudan’s government has shown little interest in a new regional peace initiative that the United States has described as a final chance to end the war, the UN peacekeeping chief said Tuesday. The UN Security Council has thrown its weight behind the drive by the regional IGAD group to kick-start the peace process through its “revitalization forum” of a 2015 deal that has failed to take hold   Read More ...
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U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Issues Warning on South Sudan
The leader of United Nations’ peacekeeping operations offered a dire appraisal of South Sudan on Tuesday, saying the world’s youngest nation is sliding further into mayhem with no sign that its antagonists want peace. In a report to the United Nations Security Council, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the under secretary general of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, called upon the leaders of South Sudan’s warring factions to “bring the country back from the impending abyss   Read More ...
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Machar may be relocated to Djibouti during peace revitalization: report
Sudan has proposed that during revitalization of the 2015 peace deal, South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar, currently exiled in South Africa, may be relocated to Djibouti, according to a leaked IGAD report. According to the report obtained by Radio Tamazuj, Machar during his recent meeting with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sudan and Ethiopia in South Africa, blamed Sudan for orchestrating his exile in South Africa   Read More ...
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National dialogue team arrives in Aweil
A high-level delegation of the national dialogue committee has arrived in South Sudan’s Aweil State on Monday to carry out consultations on the national dialogue process with local residents in the area. Kuol Athian Mawein, former national finance minister and chairman of the national dialogue subcommittee in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, said in a statement in Aweil that the people of the area are free to express their views on the root causes of the ongoing civil war   Read More ...
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Another young man from Bor arrested by national security in Juba
Another youth member of the greater Bor community in Jonglei State was arrested by national security officials in Juba on Sunday, bringing the total number of Bor youth under arrest in Juba up to 10. Last Month, nine people from greater Bor County were arrested by national security agents for unclear reasons. Deng Dau Deng, deputy chairperson of the greater Bor community, told Radio Tamazuj yesterday that he had received information that another young man from Bor community had been arrested by security agents in Juba   Read More ...
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Yei citizens demand balanced representation in government
Local residents in South Sudan’s Yei River State have demanded that all communities should be represented equally in the national government, besides the provision of development services equally in the country. The residents gave their views during a consultative meeting with South Sudan’s presidential advisor on special affairs Clement Wani Konga last week. The locals pointed out that the lack of representation was among the root causes of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan   Read More ...
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South Sudan's first energy event attracts 400 delegates
South Sudan’s first ever energy and infrastructure conference, which aimed at attracting investment into oil, gas, power and supporting infrastructure brought together 400 delegates including Vice President James Wani Igga and ministers of petroleum, energy, trade, roads, and environment. CNPC, Petronas, Tullow Oil and national oil company Nilepet and its international joint ventures supported the event as sponsors. outh Sudan’s first ever energy and infrastructure conference, endorsed by the ministry of petroleum and organized by Africa Oil & Power, launched last week and was ov   Read More ...
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IGAD envoy meets dialogue co-chair over peace revitalization
South Sudan’s national dialogue co-chair Angelo Beda has met with the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais over the upcoming revitalization forum after meeting all stakeholders in the country. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after the meeting at Freedom Hall, Beda said today’s meeting with Ambassador Wais focused on IGAD consultations with all parties to the peace agreement   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Peace | 
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Division of Jongei needs wider consultation process: governor
The governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang said the recent motion passed by lawmakers to divide the state into two separate states needs a wider consultation process. “I think the consultation process needs to be much wider. We have to first have aconsultation among people in the constituencies before it is referred to the executive,” Governor Aguer told Radio Tamazuj today   Read More ...
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South Sudan to revive crude oil operations
Economically struggling South Sudan is determined to restore security in the country in order to resume normal crude oil production and attract investments. The oil sector has been battered since South Sudan’s civil war started in December 2013. With 95 per cent of the economy relying on oil revenues, the country hopes to restart normal crude production. The government has cut down on social welfare programmes like health and education, put on hold investments in infrastructure, companies are laying off workers and foreign firms are fleeing   Read More ...
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Tags: Markets |  Commodity Markets |  Energy market |  Crude oil | 
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South Sudan rebel chief Machar rubbishes national dialogue
South Sudan's armed opposition leader Riek Machar has rubbished the national dialogue and instead insisted that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) peace process be revitalised. Dr Machar, who last Thursday declined to meet the national dialogue delegation in South Africa for the second time, reiterated that the Igad process was a better way of ending the violence in the war-torn South Sudan   Read More ...
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South Sudan opposition groups meet in Kenya to 'harmonise voices'
KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudanese opposition groups tried to forge a united front on Monday ahead of an expected resumption of peace talks, in the first such meeting since the start of their country's civil war nearly four years ago, attendees told Reuters. South Sudan's civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, has plunged parts of the world's youngest nation into famine and forced a third of the population - some four million people - to flee their homes   Read More ...
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South Sudan opposition groups meet in Kenya to 'harmonize voices'
South Sudan’s civil war, triggered by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, has plunged parts of the world’s youngest nation into famine and forced a third of the population - some four million people - to flee their homes. Representatives of South Sudan’s many armed and unarmed opposition groups met in the Kenyan town of Nyahururu, said Kosti Manibe, a former government minister who was briefly jailed and represents a group of ex-political prisoners   Read More ...
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