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South Sudan’s peace deal hangs by a thread

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | In a country awash with guns, a faltering peace deal aimed at ending over two years of intense civil war in South Sudan came down to a dispute over just two dozen weapons. The issue, while apparently minor, reflects the huge mistrust between the …

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Kenya approves new anti-doping law ahead of WADA deadline

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya on Friday approved a new anti-doping law which the east African track giant hopes will lift the threat of their exclusion from the Rio Olympics. President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the legislation well ahead of a May 2 deadline imposed by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). …

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Obiang leads Eq. Guinea from terror to oil

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Equatorial Guinea’s tough President Teodoro Obiang Nguema seized power almost 37 years ago from a feared and ruthless uncle and has steered the tiny but now oil-rich nation with an iron glove. Already Africa’s longest-serving leader, the 73-year-old looks set to win a fresh …

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South Sudan wrestles as they wait for Machar

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | The giants dance barefoot in circles, strips of leopard print skirt flapping, before one lunges in to topple his opponent and thump him down on the grass. There is a wild roar of support from hundreds of supporters crammed into the national football stadium …

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UPDF rated 16th in Africa, 92nd in the world

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (‪UPDF) continues to be rated among the top militaries in Africa and the world. The latest rankings by Global Fire Power (GFP) put the UPDF at 16th in Africa and 92nd in the world. The online rating company Global Fire Power has 126 top countries …

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“Riek Machar is going to come. But when?”

Juba, South Sudan | AFP and agencies | For the second day in a row South Sudan’s rebels have failed to organise their leader’s much-anticipated return to the capital, Juba, after more than two years of war. The government has blamed Riek Machar  (see statements below), accusing him of wanting …

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South Sudan botches rebel chief Machar’s return

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Rebel leader Riek Machar’s long-awaited return to the capital of South Sudan was delayed on Monday, his spokesman said, citing “logistical reasons”. “We are committed to the peace agreement, but there have been logistical issues and the first vice president, Riek Machar, will come …

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Armed men from South Sudan ‘kill 140 in raid on Ethiopia’

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP Armed men from South Sudan have killed around 140 people and kidnapped a number of others in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government said Sunday. Ethnic Murle gunmen “attacked near Gambella and killed close to 140 people. They also abducted some of them,” …

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