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U.N. Security Council diplomats expected in South Sudan this week

Photo© Joshua Lott/AP/SIPAU.N. Security Council diplomats are expected to visit South Sudan this week, a foreign affairs ministry spokesman said on Wednesday without giving any details on the purpose of the trip.

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South Sudan seeks $300 million in external support for budget

Photo©Karel Navarroa/AP/SIPASouth Sudan's government wants $300 million in aid and loans to support its next budget, as it seeks to stabilise the country which has been scarred by civil conflict since achieving independence in 2011.

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Riek Machar, South Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for medical treatment

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPASouth Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, Sudan's Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday.

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UNHCR lacks funds to tackle South Sudan refugee overcrowding

File photo©Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAThe United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has bemoaned the lack of funds to manage the ever increasing numbers of South Sudan refugees to neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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South Sudanese turn to roots and leaves

File photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAThousands of people who fled fighting in South Sudan's Lote state, have resorted to eating leaves and roots as they battle hunger, a Catholic priest in the East Africa country has said.

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South Sudan seeking $1.9 bn loan from China

Photo©AP/SIPASouth Sudan plans to ask China for a $1.9 billion loan - a sum equal to more than a fifth of its national output - to be used for infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, its foreign affairs minister said on Tuesday.

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African Union to deploy troops to South Sudan

United Nations soldiers patrol Juba for security protection of civilians with the Mission's Nepalese Force Protection. Photo: Eric Kanalstein/AP/SIPAThe African Union (AU) has agreed to send a regional force to South Sudan after a recent outbreak of fighting left the country in danger of returning to civil war.

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East Africa's IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudan's capital

File photo©AP/SIPAEast Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that will secure Juba, that country's capital.

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Broke South Sudan cancels independence day celebrations

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir. Photo©Thomas Mukoya/AP/SIPASouth Sudan will not celebrate its fifth independence anniversary on July 9, as it grapples with a financial crisis and instead, President Salva Kiir will issue a speech.

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Spotlight on South Sudan's Riek Machar

Riek Machar. Photo©CorbisSouth Sudan's fragile peace deal depends on how Riek Machar, the vice-president, and his erstwhile enemy, President Salva Kiir, can get along and build a framework for the country's future.

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African Union's Dlamini-Zuma on security and her political future in South Africa

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission. Photo©Vincent Fournier for JANkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission talks to The Africa Report about security hotspots, the need for more African funding for the continental body and her political future.

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South Sudan introduces new bank notes

Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan has introduced new bank notes to deal with confusion caused by some denominations whose notes look alike, a senior official has said.

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Telecoms: MTN South Sudan lays off staff as economic crisis bites

MTN South Sudan, one of the country's biggest telecoms operators, is cutting dozens of jobs and cancelling expansion projects such as the construction of new cellular sites due to an economic crisis, it said on Tuesday.

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6 die in South Sudan tribal clashes

At least six people have died in South Sudan's new Tonj state after pastoralists fought over disputed land.

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South Sudan's piecemeal peace between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar

Salva Kiir (L) Riek Machar (R). Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan's president Salva Kiir has re-appointed Riek Machar as his vice president after two years of bloody ethnic conflict. However, despite this positive step, plenty of pitfalls must yet be navigated to create a the lasting peace that has so far remained illusive.

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Uganda: Student dropout rates increase as gambling surges

Students in both second cycle and tertiary institutions have taken to gambling as sports betting centres in Uganda's capital, Kampala trigger high school dropout rates.

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South Sudan and Sudan agree to peg crude pipeline fees to oil price

File photo©ReutersTransit fees that Sudan charges its neighbour South Sudan will be based on prevailing crude oil prices, a move away from a fixed fee, South Sudan's petroleum minister said on Wednesday.

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Manufacturing: East African Breweries to make more cheap beer as taxes rise

Kenya's East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) expects a hike in beer excise duty to hit demand in its home market in the coming months and will raise output of a lower-taxed cheap brand in an attempt to offset the impact, its CEO said on Friday.

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South Sudan: Riek Machar wants Uganda's Museveni to play bigger role

Riek Machar says he'll only return to Juba if he is named first vice president. Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar says he would only return to the country's capital, Juba when President Salva Kiir's government has met all agreements around constitutional reform.

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The fluid world of the 21st century

Towards the end of his life, the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said declared that homeland was no longer important to him. He had spent his life as an exile, and he saw the violence and damage that a sense of place could create – especially when that space was contested by peoples who sought its sole ownership.

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