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UN envoy urges South Sudanese parties to adhere to truce


The special representative of the UN secretary-general for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Loj, strongly urged all parties to adhere to a ceasefire called by both President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar in South Sudan' s capital Juba.

3,000 Sudanese nationals willing to be evacuated from S. Sudan


The Sudanese government on Monday announced that around 3,000 Sudanese nationals are willing to be urgently evacuated from South Sudan's capital Juba, which has been witnessing bloody military clashes.

South Sudan leaders order ceasefire after days of fighting


South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar on Monday evening ordered ceasefire respectively after days of heavy fighting between their forces in the capital Juba.

Two Chinese UN peacekeepers killed in South Sudan capital fighting


Two Chinese UN peacekeepers were killed in renewed fighting between South Sudan's rival army factions in capital Juba, a UN official confirmed to Xinhua on Monday.

40 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in southern Philippines clashes


The military on Monday claimed to have killed around 40 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in skirmishes in the southern Philippines since last week as part of the military's efforts to end the terrorist group.

Egypt endeavors on thorny task to push for Mideast peace


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised his cabinet on Sunday in Jerusalem by announcing that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry would be visiting the country within hours of the announcement.

Nigeria's main militant group says to resume talks with gov't


Nigeria's main militant group in oil rich Niger Delta region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Sunday said it has set up a peace broker committee to mediate between them and the government.

South Sudan says 271 killed in Friday clashes amid renewed fighting


​South Sudan's Health Ministry has confirmed 271 people were killed in Friday's clashes between rival army factions outside the presidential palace in the capital Juba and there is renewed heavy fighting on Sunday.

African countries back China's approach to South China Sea dispute


Many African countries have recently voiced their support to China over the Philippine-initiated arbitration on the South China Sea dispute, calling for parties involved to resolve disputes through friendly negotiations and consultations.

Four years on, Kenyan church attack victims calling for gov't aid


A somber mood engulfed the African Inland Church in Kenya's Garissa town as worshipers gathered on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary after the 2012 terror attack that claimed 17 people.