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Regional leaders renew South Sudan peace push

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  East African leaders gathered in Ethiopia on Thursday hoping to revive stalled South Sudan peace talks, following a long-awaited face-to-face meeting between the two warring leaders. President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar held face-to-face talks on Wednesday, brokered …

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Israel says could get tougher on Gaza after warplanes hit Hamas

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could step up its “intensity” on Gaza, after a new flare-up that saw Israel carrying out air strikes and Palestinians launching rockets and mortar shells. The latest spike in tensions follows weeks of deadly protests and clashes along the …

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Eritrea to send team to Ethiopia for talks: president

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Eritrea will send a delegation to bitter foe Ethiopia, President Isaias Afwerki said in a speech Wednesday, after Addis Ababa agreed to abide by a long-standing peace agreement. Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, said earlier this month he would implement the 2000 Algiers …

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Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year …

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Five migrants die and more than 100 rescued off Libya

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | The bodies of five migrants were recovered while more than 100 were rescued after their boat sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, an officer from the country’s navy told AFP. Libyan rescuers took three hours to reach the sinking rubber dinghy, officer Rami …

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Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan for rare talks

Amman, Jordan | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II held rare talks in Jordan on Monday focused on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and on the Jerusalem issue. Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to have peace treaties with Israel, and Monday’s …

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Number of civil conflicts doubles since 2001: ICRC

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The number of civil conflicts worldwide has more than doubled since the start of the century, posing new challenges for curbing atrocities, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday. In a new report, the ICRC also noted “more armed groups have emerged in …

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Syria’s Assad in rare appearance outside capital

Damascus, Syria | AFP | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended a mosque in the country’s west on Friday for prayers marking the end of Ramadan, in a rare appearance outside Damascus, images on his social media showed. “President Assad performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Sayyida Khadija mosque in …

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US calls for crackdown on S. Sudan war money invested in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The United States urged Kenya on Wednesday to investigate properties and assets owned by elite families from South Sudan, including its president and his rival, who have enriched themselves in their country’s civil war raging since 2013. Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury’s under secretary for …

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