FGM

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The UK House of Commons home affairs committee has published a report on female genital mutilation (), sometimes known as female circumcision. The report mainly concerns the problem in Britain where there are said to be up to 170,000 victims, mostly or entirely among immigrants from countries where it is prevalent; it has been illegal for 29 years …

Sudan

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Since the independence of South international news coverage has concentrated on conflict between North and South; on 5 April the President of South visited Khartoum for talks on security and other bilateral issues. But large-scale conflict continues within itself. Last month Reuters reported that UN representatives issued an alarming statement about violence in Darfur. "In …

South Sudan

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Fighting broke out in Juba on 15 December 2013 between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied to his sacked deputy Riek Machar and has spread to much of the country. Ceasefire negotiations in Addis Ababa have not so far been effective. There are reports of thousands killed and nearly 900,000 forced from their homes. Médecins Sans …

South Sudan: lurching into civil war

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South Sudan is on the geographical fringe of the WAND area of interest, and after two and a half years of independence it is not clear how closely its affairs will be linked with those of the Arab world. Its present problems however are so serious as to command attention at any level. Tribal fighting …

Sudan: fuel price protests

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Recent news from Sudan has mainly covered conflict in the border regions and with South Sudan, but in the last week there have been serious disturbances in Khartoum, triggered by cuts in fuel subsidies which the government has defended as necessary following the separation from South Sudan in 2011 in which Sudan lost 75% of its oil …

Yemen: fighting, drones, refugees – and dialogue

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Violence in Yemen continues. For example 13 people were reported killed on 19 August in Amran governorate north of Sanaa in tribal clashes between Houthis and Islah using heavy weapons . On 21 August the intelligence chief in Aden in the South was murdered along with his nephew by unknown gunmen. The US …