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World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP 22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. World leaders will be gathering there for the next 11 days to advance the landmark agreement, where an unprecedented number of countries agreed to limit the increase in average […]

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South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudan’s top political leaders have siphoned millions from state coffers, dating back to 2005, according to a blistering report released by a U.S. watchdog. The 65-page report, entitled “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay,” claims South Sudan’s nearly three-year-old conflict has been fueled by battles over control of state assets and the country’s natural resources. While […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A Saudi company which owns close to 10,000 acres of Arizona farmland is beginning to drain irreplaceable groundwater for its alfalfa cultivation. Media reports of the development stunned some Americans more used to hearing that news from Africa. Almarai, the Saudi dairy giant, purchased the land in Vicksburg last year for $47.5 million after the […]

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UN experts say violence likely for foreseeable future in South Sudan

UN experts say violence likely for foreseeable future in South Sudan

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—A U.N. panel of experts has warned that violence will likely “remain a feature of South Sudanese life for the foreseeable future” even if warring parties agree to end their conflict. The experts shared their views with the Security Council last week. They described South Sudan as an arms bazaar, with sophisticated weapons from outside […]

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Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Dismissing efforts, including those of President Obama, to sign off on a peace agreement and end the 20-month long civil war in the world’s newest nation, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declined to sign, saying he needed more time for consultations. President Kiir’s team reportedly had “reservations” over the deal and wanted an additional 15 […]

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Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—More than a thousand people filled the capital streets of Bissau this week, despite a downpour, in a march sparked by the unilateral dismissal by President Jose Mario Vaz of his entire government including a popular prime minister. The march was called “Mega Protest Against the Presidential Decree” and protestors carried signs reading “Respect the […]

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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17. “The possibilities of renewed conflict… is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time […]

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Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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South Sudan, home of ‘Lost Boys,’ again in chaos

South Sudan, home of ‘Lost Boys,’ again in chaos

| January 14, 2014

(GIN)—South Sudan might be barely on the radar screen for most Americans but a bitter split in the ruling coalition threatens to make it one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Africa. More than 1,000 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in fighting by rival militia with reports of ethnically motivated atrocities by both […]

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