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Almost two thirds of the remaining population in South Sudan are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

A former aide to President Omar al-Bashir was arrested last week by Sudan's counter-insurgency forces near his hometown of Mustariaha in North Darfur state.

South Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention

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South Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention

South Sudan announced it is joining the Chemical Weapons Convention outlawing the use of toxic arms on Friday, leaving just three nations left to sign on to the treaty.

US threatens 'measures' against South Sudan

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US threatens 'measures' against South Sudan

South Sudan's government could face unspecified measures unless it moves to end the nearly four-year war and stops harassing UN ...

'Butcher of Bosnia' Mladic faces historic war crimes verdict

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'Butcher of Bosnia' Mladic faces historic war crimes verdict

UN war crimes judges will hand down a historic verdict against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on Wednesday, who orchestrated ...

Guma El-Gamaty

What happens next if the UN fails in Libya?

Comment: The alternative outcomes, should the UN's sixth envoy to Libya fail to bring about a political solution, are not enviable, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

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UN envoy meets Western Sahara independence leaders

Horst Koehler met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement on Wednesday, as part of his new position as the UN envoy for disputed ...

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UN to deploy troops to guard base in Libya

The United Nations is preparing to deploy up to 250 peacekeepers to Libya, the head of the organisation's mission there said on Friday.

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Israel wants Lebanon UN-forces to be tougher on Hizballah

Israel is welcoming the extension of a UN peacekeeping operation under tougher directives in southern Lebanon adding it must act to maintain ...

US says UN Lebanon commander 'blind' to Hizballah arms

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US says UN Lebanon commander 'blind' to Hizballah arms

The commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon is turning a blind eye to Hizballah weapons smuggling, the US ambassador Nikki Haley ...

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UN comes under twin attack by militants in Mali

Two UN bases have been attacked in Mali, with a peacekeeper and Malian security guard killed, a militants continue their campaign against the ...

Two Moroccan UN <em>peacekeepers</em> killed in C. Africa attack

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Two Moroccan UN peacekeepers killed in C. Africa attack

Pro-Christian militias killed two Moroccan UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic's southeast on Tuesday, according to the ...

Israel opposes peace in Syria due to Iran fears

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Israel opposes peace in Syria due to Iran fears

Israel says it does not support a ceasefire in Syria's south, fearing it will allow Iran to establish air and naval bases close to its border.

UN announces 30 percent cut in Darfur <em>peacekeepers</em>

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UN announces 30 percent cut in Darfur peacekeepers

The number of UN peacekeeping troops serving in the joint African Union mission in Sudan's Darfur will be reduced, according to an official ...

Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

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Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Ankara wants to oust the YPG from Tel Rifaat, according to Turkish newspaper reports.

Robert Cusack

South Sudan soldiers in dock for mass rape cases

The case against 13 soldiers has been postponed in order to allow the prosecution to build a case effectively.

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Explaining Syria's 'de-escalation' zones and why some are worried

Explaining Syria's new 'safe zones' and how they work, and why many are worried about their vagueness

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Russia seeks US coordination in Syria ceasefire efforts

Putin spoke with US President Trump on Tuesday to push a plan to create security zones in Syria as opposition groups set to meet in Astana to ...

Robert Cusack

South Sudan refuses UN peacekeepers access to 'massacre site'

UN peacekeeping forces have been repeatedly refused access to the scene of fighting between government and rebel troops in South Sudan where ...

South Sudan: An urgent priority for the international agenda

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South Sudan: An urgent priority for the international agenda

Comment: Japan's decision to withdraw its peacekeeping forces from South Sudan came as no surprise, but as the conflict continues to escalate, ...

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Car bomb rocks Mogadishu hours after Somalia cabinet announcement

The attack took place within a close to Somalia's presidential compound, and moments after the announcement of a new cabinet to govern the ...

Surveillance wars: Israel targets Lebanon border protest with tear-gas

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Surveillance wars: Israel targets Lebanon border protest with tear-gas

Dozens of Lebanese protesters were tear gassed at the Lebanese-Israel border on Saturday after gathering to voice objections at the installation ...

IS claims rocket fire at Israel resort from Egypt

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IS claims rocket fire at Israel resort from Egypt

The Islamic State - Sinai branch said on Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack ...

US envoy eyes cuts to 'obsolete' UN peacekeeping

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US envoy eyes cuts to 'obsolete' UN peacekeeping

The UN's flagship peacekeeping enterprise could soon downsize after the new US envoy vowed to make cuts to "obsolete" activities, potentially ...

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