Obama to meet with African leaders on South Sudan

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President Obama in Nairobi as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Kenya on Sunday. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images).

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama will convene a meeting Monday with the leaders of several African nations and the chairwoman of the African Union, senior administration officials said Sunday, to determine whether there is sufficient regional support for sanctions if the ongoing peace process in South Sudan breaks down.

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His late father looms over Obama’s trip to Kenya

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)
July 20, 2015

Obama visits Kenya this week for the first time as president, though he does not plan on visiting his late father’s village or gravesite.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is defined in many ways by something he never really had: a father.

He quizzes golf partners and friends about their dads. He leans in when he talks with troubled teens about the absence of a father in his own life. The loss shapes his role as a father and drives him to try to help others escape what a close friend calls “the voids in your life.” Continue reading

Conflict in Pochalla – Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA), South Sudan

July 23, 2015 (USA) – We are writing to the United States Department of State with a sense of the utmost urgency regrading a naturalized United States citizen Akwai Agada Akwai Cham, who returned to South Sudan in the county of Pochalla North, under greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) and was crowned a king in one of Anyuak people’s village of Adongo/Otalo. His wife and children reside in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S. Continue reading

Ethiopia releases jailed journalists and bloggers ahead of Obama’s visit

Source: The Guardian

Charges against five bloggers and journalists held in Ethiopia for more than a year have been dropped, weeks before Barack Obama’s planned visit to the country.

Five others also arrested in April 2014 remain in jail, accused of planning terrorist attacks and collaborating with the US-based opposition group Ginbot 7, labelled a terrorist organisation by Ethiopia. Continue reading

US rejects extension of Kiir’s term of office, as world leaders react

July 10, 2015 (NEW YORK) – United States (US) government has rejected the move taken by president Salva Kiir’s government to “unilaterally” renew its regime’s mandate for three more years, saying only through a peace agreement that such a mandate could be renewed pending elections.

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US national security advisor Susan Rice (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP)

US has been leading calls for sanctions to be imposed on the warring parties in the 19-month long civil war, labelling the war-ravaged nation as posing a security threat to the region.

In a statement issued from Washington on Thursday on the independence day commemoration in South Sudan, which also coincided with president Kiir’s first day in office for an extended three years term of office by parliament, president Barack Obama’s national security advisor, Susan E Rice, said the extension was a wrong thing to do as the government “squandered its legitimacy.” Continue reading

Bul-Nuer fights for govt against other Nuer communities in Unity state – report

July 5, 2015 (NAIROBI) – A report based on extensive assessment of the fighting in the oil-rich Unity state has revealed that president Salva Kiir’s government strategically has been arming and using Bul-Nuer clan to do most of the fighting against their fellow Nuer communities in the state, prompting fears that the intra-Nuer conflict may persist even if a peace agreement is signed in Addis Ababa with the armed opposition faction led by former vice president, Riek Machar. Continue reading

South Sudanese army recapture Upper Nile state capital

July 6, 2015 (MALAKAL) – The South Sudanese army has regained control of the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, barely a week after it fell to the armed opposition forces.

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SPLA soldiers sit at the back of a pick-up truck in Malakal, Upper Nile state January 12, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Eye witnesses within Malakal and those at the United Nations mission in South Sudan camps said pro-government forces appear to be in control of the strategic town.

Heavy shelling could reportedly be heard since Tuesday when the two warring factions battled each other outside the town in an attempt to retake Koka and Melut from the army. Continue reading