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South Sudan’s Main Rebel Group Accuses Government Of Violating Ceasefire

South Sudan’s Main Rebel Group Accuses Government Of Violating Ceasefire

South Sudan’s main rebel force SPLM-IO has accused government forces of attacking their defensive positions a day after both sides signed a peace deal, while the U.N. mission said one of its peacekeepers was shot and wounded by a government soldier. President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital […]

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said in a speech on Thursday that a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but he declined to say whether he would defy term limits to stand for re-election.   Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term in the election but […]

South Sudan Rebel Attacks Have Killed 34 People Since Beginning of Year

South Sudan Rebel Attacks Have Killed 34 People Since Beginning of Year

Attacks by rebel groups in South Sudan killed 34 people in the first three days of this year even as warring parties agreed in December to cease hostilities, according to a military official. Three attacks in the south of the country by rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and the army’s ex-deputy chief […]

Sudan Accuses Egypt Of Backing Rebels Ahead Of Foreign Minister’s Trip

Sudan Accuses Egypt Of Backing Rebels Ahead Of Foreign Minister’s Trip

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egypt on Tuesday of supporting rebels at war with Khartoum, a week ahead of a visit to Cairo by Sudan’s foreign minister that is aimed at easing tensions between the neighbouring states. Egypt and Sudan have been at odds in recent months on a range of issues from disputed land […]

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

A disaffected South Sudanese army general who quit his position last month announced on Monday that he had formed a new anti-government rebel group, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned after he accused Kiir of turning the country’s military […]

Aleppo Evacuation Delayed – Rebels Blame Iran

Aleppo Evacuation Delayed – Rebels Blame Iran

The evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo due to start at dawn was delayed, perhaps until Thursday, with an opposition official blaming Iran and its Shi’ite militias allied to President Bashar al-Assad for the hold-up. A ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia, Assad’s most powerful ally, and Turkey ended years of fighting in the city and has […]

Syria’s Assad Says Taking Aleppo From Rebels Key To Pushing ‘Terrorists’ Back To Turkey

Syria’s Assad Says Taking Aleppo From Rebels Key To Pushing ‘Terrorists’ Back To Turkey

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a very important springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes had killed more than 150 […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out To Rebels With Federalism Vow

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out To Rebels With Federalism Vow

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday vowed to press for greater autonomy for the nation’s ethnic minorities, in an early move to soothe the rebellions roiling the country after her party’s ascent to power. The country has been swept up in optimism for a more peaceful and prosperous future since the National League for […]

Mali rebel destroyed ancient Timbuktu shrines, ICC told

Mali rebel destroyed ancient Timbuktu shrines, ICC told

An Islamist fighter caused irreparable damage to Africa’s cultural heritage by destroying religious sites in the ancient city of Timbuktu during the 2012 conflict in Mali, international prosecutors said on Tuesday. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a former trainee teacher, had led and personally taken part in the attacks on nine mausoleums and mosques in the city […]