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Last rebel-held areas in Aleppo fall to government forces

Syria | Regime victory comes just hours after rebels reached a cease-fire agreement
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/13/16, 02:07 pm

The last remaining rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo have fallen to the Russian-backed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The announcement from Russian officials came just hours after rebel leaders said they had reached a cease-fire agreement to allow the evacuation in eastern Aleppo, ceding control of the city to the government.

The deal came amid reports of government forces committing mass killings of civilians as they closed in on the last areas under rebel control.

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War-torn South Sudan now faces famine

Africa | The UN warns conditions could deteriorate by next year
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/05/16, 12:25 pm

Some 3.6 million South Sudanese are facing severe food insecurity and the number could increase by next year, the World Food Program (WFP) warned in its latest situation report.

The United Nations agency said the number of people in need of food has doubled in the past year, with some 600,000 people residing in urban areas. The increasing food insecurity has affected 56 percent of South Sudan’s Unity state population, 47 percent in Western Bahr el Ghazal, and another 60 percent in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

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U.S., UN warn of impending attacks in South Sudan

South Sudan | Reports say government forces plan to target civilians
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/16, 10:43 am

The United States and United Nations warned in separate meetings Wednesday that South Sudan’s government is plotting major attacks targeting civilians.

U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council Keith Harper told a UN session in Geneva the South Sudanese government has mobilized at least 4,000 militiamen in the country’s Central Equatoria state in preparation for attacks. Central Equatoria, previously one of the few peaceful states in the country, has become a central battleground in the renewed clashes, with more than 1,900 homes destroyed in the past two months, Harper said.

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