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South Sudan Celebrates Independence Anniversary

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Sudan is celebrating its first anniversary, after a year full of challenges including border clashes and a dispute over oil revenues with neighboring Sudan. President Salva Kiir is expected to give a speech during a ceremony Monday in the capital, Juba, where dignitaries from around the world have gathered for the event. South Sudan […]

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UN Keeping Peacekeepers to Stay in South Sudan Another Year

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The UN Security Council says peacekeepers will remain in South Sudan for another year. The 15 member Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to extend the UN Mission in South Sudan to improve security. The resolution also calls on the South Sudan government take more responsibility for protecting its people. The UN Security Council initially […]

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South Korea To Use “Science” Loophole for Whaling

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it plans to hunt whales under regulations permitting whaling only for scientific research. South Korea announced its intentions Wednesday at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama. The announcement was immediately condemned by anti-whaling nations, including Australia and New Zealand. South Korea says its hunting of minke whales would take […]

South African Double-Amputee to Compete in London Olympics

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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South African runner Oscar Pistorius is set to become the first amputee to compete in the Olympics. The South African Olympic committee said Wednesday that it had selected Pistorius — a double amputee — to run in the individual 400 meters and the 4-by-400 relay. The 25-year-old athlete is nicknamed “the Blade Runner” because he […]

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South Korea Opens New Government Hub

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has inaugurated a new city the government hopes will help ease congestion in the capital and provide more balanced development. At a ceremony Monday, officials marked the opening of Sejong City, an area 120 kilometers south of Seoul that will bring 10,000 government workers by 2014. The government plans to move 16 ministries […]

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Vietnam Protests China’s Oil Auction in Disputed South China Sea

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is protesting China’s decision to post bids on offshore oil blocks in the disputed South China Sea. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation on Saturday announced that nine oil and gas lots were open for exploration. Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement the blocks lie entirely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental […]

UN: More than 200,000 Sudanese Have Fled Country

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: WEB: map http://gdb.voanews.eu/B7BFD966-79E2-47A6-813E-4227F2B0E4F9.png; timeline #2560190; interactive version will be updated; http://tools.voanews.com/utilities/timeline-editor/publish.php?timeline=4163&preview&format=480 TYPE: OCN )) The United Nations says more than 200,000 Sudanese have fled violence in the country’s southern border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York Wednesday the refugees fled to camps in Ethiopia and […]

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Security Council Urges Immediate Action on Sudan, South Sudan Peace Plan

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the resumption of negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan, but says the two sides must immediately work to implement a peace plan crafted by the African Union. In a statement Monday, China’s ambassador to the U.N. and current Security Council President Li Baodong said the countries have made […]

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South Sudan Proposes Demilitarized Border With Sudan

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan has proposed setting up a large demilitarized zone along its border with rival Sudan — a suggestion that Sudan quickly rejected. The proposal came Wednesday at African Union-mediated talks aimed at settling disputes and reducing tension between the neighbors, who have fought clashes along the border. South Sudan’s Foreign Minister Nhial Deng said […]

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Sudan Peace Talks ‘Progressing Slowly’

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union-led peace talks between top negotiators from Sudan and South Sudan were said to be progressing slowly Wednesday, despite reports of fresh fighting and questions about Sudan’s complete withdrawal from the key oil region of Abyei. Tensions were high as the second day of negotiations began three hours late. South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan […]

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