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South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn't return

South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn't return

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South Sudan's government is spending millions of dollars next week to celebrate a "final final" peace deal to end a five-year civil war. One problem: The rebel leader who agreed to share power is reluctant to come home. Riek Machar's hesitation amid security concerns is the latest sign that one of Africa's deadliest conflicts might be merely on pause. Worried observers can list several more: Key implementation deadlines have not been met. Cease-fire violations continue amid shocking abuses. And detainees who should have been freed remain behind bars. "There's been no indication that the peace deal's been working," said Denay J. Chagor, chairman of South Sudan's United Movement opposition party, who helped negotiate the peace talks. He told The Associated Press it looks unlikely that Mach...
United States and Taliban dialogue on Afghan peace

United States and Taliban dialogue on Afghan peace

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Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat met with Taliban representatives to negotiate a peaceful end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan, a Taliban statement said Saturday. The meeting Friday in the Qatar political office between Afghan-American diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, who heads the U.S. mission for Afghanistan's peace, and representatives of the Taliban, was the second meeting of a top U.S. official with the Taliban in less than three months. The Trump administration told its top diplomats in mid-July to seek direct talks with the Taliban. Diplomats have referred to the direct contact with the Taliban as "talks before talks" that could lead to more direct negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the New York Times reported. The Taliban statement said six of its representati...
Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

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The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. Ms Murad is a Yazidi woman who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.Mr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.Some 331 individuals and organisations were nominated for the prestigious peace award this year. The winners announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday won the award for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war", Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said.The pair both made a "crucial contribution to focusing attention...
Stobart backer floats Leighton-led peace deal

Stobart backer floats Leighton-led peace deal

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A top City fund manager is trying to broker an 11th-hour peace deal at the warring conglomerate Stobart Group that would involve installing the veteran businessman Allan Leighton as the company's interim chairman. Sky News has learnt that M&G Investments, which is part of the FTSE-100 insurance giant Prudential, has approached Mr Leighton about taking on the chairmanship of Southend Airport-owner Stobart on a temporary basis.Under its plan, M&G, which holds about 5% of Stobart, would secure the incumbent chairman Iain Ferguson's resignation before a vote on his future is scheduled to take place at its AGM on Friday.Mr Leighton would take over for several months, with Philip Day, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill billionaire who has been nominated as Stobart's new chairman, potenti...
Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

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Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. involvement with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is off the table until President Donald Trump revokes his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday.Saeb Erekat told official Palestinian Authority radio that resuming negotiations with the United States is "unacceptable" and that Palestinians would reject all peace talks until Trump reverses his stance on Jerusalem.Trump announced on Dec. 6 the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv as part of the change, which the president said was in the interest of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.After the announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had surrendered its role as a mediator of the peace talks,...