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AFRICANGLOBE - A contingent of Japanese troops landed in South Sudan on Monday, an official said - a mission that critics say could see them embroiled in their country's first overseas fighting since World War Two.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has granted an amnesty to at least 750 troops of rebel leader Riek Machar who crossed to the DR Congo when fighting broke out in Juba in July. Defence minister Kuol Manyang Juk disclosed that Juba was ready to welcome the disarmed combatants currently residing in refugee camps in Goma should they accept the amnesty offer.
AFRICANGLOBE - The tallest player in NBA history is Sudanese-born Manute Bol who stood at 7ft 7in. He is a political activist, he is also the only player in NBA history to have killed a lion with a spear and to have paid 80 cows for his wife. He died June 19, 2010 (aged 47)
AFRICANGLOBE - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has accused the United Nations of working with his rivals to orchestrate a regime change. Mr Kiir was reacting to the latest UN report which stated that he and his chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, ordered renewed fighting in Juba on July 8. The UN has however denied siding with rebels, saying the global body transported rebel leader Riek Machar and 500 armed opposition fighters on humanitarian grounds.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) has said it is up to the South Sudan government to decide whether Riek Machar should be reinstated as the country’s first vice president. The comment by Igad follows the group’s call on August 5 for Machar to be reinstalled as first vice president. His removal was not consistent with the terms of last year’s peace agreement between South Sudan’s warring parties, Igad said three weeks ago.
AFRICANGLOBE - A month since he fled Juba, little has been heard from traitor Riek Machar, save for a brief interview with Al Jazeera TV. He is believed to be hiding in Yei, south of Juba. Meanwhile, President Salva Kiir has been consolidating his grip on power, reaching out to members of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO). The effort seems to be paying off.
AFRICANGLOBE - The government of South Sudan has strongly criticized the U.S.' proposal at the UN Security Council to send 4,000 soldiers to the country, alleging the move is aimed at instigating a regime change. The government claimed the resolution would give the UN the ability to govern the country. "Previously, the international community intervened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya with the aim to bring peace and democracy to those states, [however, it only] succeeded in removing the ruling regimes there, but failed to bring peace and security, and no one till now knows when peace will return in those countries,"
AFRICANGLOBE - Barack Obama on Friday said he would deploy up to 200 US troops equipped with combat equipment to South Sudan. The US troops will be initially stationed in neighboring Uganda, Obama said in a notice to the Us Congress.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Sudan Forces belonging to First Vice-President Riek Machar seem to have more sophisticated weapons, but the source of the arms is unclear. In December 2014, a senior official with the SPLM-In-Opposition revealed they had acquired sophisticated weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles and QW-18 Man-Portable Air-Defence System.
AFRICANGLOBE - President Jacob Zuma recently met Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir "to strengthen co-operation" between the two countries. The two misleaders committed themselves to more meetings, at ministerial level, and Zuma accepted an invitation by al-Bashir to visit Sudan.
AFRICANGLOBE - The UN Security Council says it would "act immediately" if the South Sudanese president does not sign a long-awaited peace deal. The UN Security Council said it would take immediate, unspecified action if President Salva Kiir does not sign a deal to end a 20-month civil war in South Sudan.
AFRICANGLOBE - Top secret Saudi documents published by Wikileaks Friday reveal intrigue surrounding politics in the Middle East, making claims about Iranian military involvement in South Sudan as well.
AFRICANGLOBE - The rivalry of gaining influence in South Sudan between China and USA has predictably entered a dangerous phase. In 2010, upon discovering that South Sudan purchased weapons and ammunitions from somewhere else other than USA, the American administration grew furious and threatened sanctions, not just against South Sudan, but also against Kenya, a country America accused of facilitating the deal of securing the arms purchase on behalf of South Sudan.
AFRICANGLOBE - The South Sudanese government has explained circumstances under which it expelled Toby Lanzer, the United Nations relief coordinator in the country. The spokesperson for the presidency said the council of ministers reached the decision during its weekly meeting held on Friday last week.