Political Unrest
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South Sudan opposition leader flees to DRC

South Sudan | Continued conflict between the country’s factions heaps misery on war-weary residents
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/19/16, 11:03 am

South Sudan’s opposition leader and former vice president, Riek Machar, has fled to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman said yesterday. The UN confirmed it assisted in his departure. Machar’s exit comes weeks after renewed fighting led to increased human rights abuses in the war-torn country.

Machar crossed the border into Congo after a failed attempt to assassinate him, according to spokesman Mabior Garang. After stopping briefly in Kinshasa, Machar plans to travel on to Ethiopia, Garang said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Adriane Ohanesian

South Sudanese soldiers assault Western aid workers

South Sudan | UN peacekeepers and the U.S. Embassy failed to intervene during the targeted attack
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/16, 08:46 am

South Sudanese troops raped and assaulted several foreigners and aid workers in a hotel complex, singling out Americans, after winning a battle last month against opposition forces, witnesses told the Associated Press. UN peacekeepers and several embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, failed to respond to the calls for help.

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Turkey’s post-coup purge rolls over religious affairs agency

Turkey | Analysts warn crackdown on Islam could eventually spread to religious minorities, including Christians
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/15/16, 12:22 pm

Turkish leaders last week suspended more than 2,500 people from their jobs in the country’s religious affairs agency, the Diyanet, in the latest purge since the July 15 failed military coup.

Some fear the clampdown on certain sects of Islam ultimately will harm all religious minorities in Turkey, where Christians and Jews have always had tenuous rights to worship and live out their faith.

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