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Kiir, Machar agree 6 month delay to unity govt

South Sudan rivals agree to delay forming unity government Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  South Sudan’s warring parties agreed Friday to delay by six months the formation of a power-sharing government just days before it was due to be installed in the capital Juba. Representatives for President Salva Kiir …

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IGAD summons Kiir and Machar to Addis talks

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  The rivals in South Sudan’s conflict have been invited to hold talks in Ethiopia’s capital next week to nudge along a fragile peace deal that has suffered repeated setbacks, according to a letter seen Thursday by AFP. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional …

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New limbs, new life for South Sudan amputees

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Stephen, 12, romps confidently around the sunlit courtyard, weaving in between wheelchair-bound patients as he plays with the other children, his prosthetic leg barely a hindrance. When he was five years old, the car he and his family were travelling in hit a landmine …

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Roads deadlier than guns in Libya

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Roads in conflict-riddled Libya, where petrol is cheaper than mineral water, rank among the deadliest in the world. Disregard for traffic rules, a dilapidated infrastructure and cars that fail to meet safety standards combine to make road accidents in Libya more lethal than incidents involving …

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Libya in chaos since 2011 overthrow of Kadhafi

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, with two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the oil-rich country. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday ordered his troops to “advance” on …

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Southern Africa leaders back Western Sahara

Southern Africa leaders back Western Sahara at ‘historic’ talks Pretoria, South Africa | AFP | Several southern African leaders on Tuesday threw their support behind Western Sahara, with one calling the disputed territory the “last colony” on the African continent. Also attending is Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. President Cyril Ramaphosa, leader …

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370,000 dead: Syria’s war in numbers

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP |  The Syrian conflict, which entered its ninth year on Friday, has ravaged the lives of millions of people since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. Here are some figures: – Victims – The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which …

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