Associated Press/Amnesty International

Report: Sudan’s military used chemical weapons on civilians

Africa | Amnesty International says attacks killed hundreds, including children
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/30/16, 11:53 am

Sudanese government forces launched chemical weapons attacks on a remote area of the Darfur region, killing as many as 250 people, a majority of them children, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.

The human rights group said the military carried out the attacks in 32 villages near the town of Jebel Marra, beginning in January. The latest attack occurred on Sept. 9.  Several interviews with witnesses and chemical weapons experts confirmed the incidents, the group said.

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U.S. pushes for peace in Mali

Africa | The Malian government is accused of dragging its heels on peace deal
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/29/16, 11:30 am

The U.S. ambassador to Mali has called on the Malian government to sever alleged ties with an armed militia and put more effort toward implementing a peace deal signed over a year ago.

“The Malian government should put a stop to all ties both public and private with Gatia, a group of armed militia who does not contribute to bringing peace in northern Mali,” Ambassador Paul Folmsbee said in a statement delivered at a conference this week.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul

Afghanistan’s ongoing conflict is killing, maiming its children

Afghanistan | Civilians under 18 make up one-third of the casualties in fighting between militants, government forces
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 7/27/16, 10:39 am

Afghanistan just launched a major offensive against insurgents along its far eastern border with Pakistan and on Tuesday announced the death of key Islamic State (ISIS) commander Saad Emarati. Despite some success for pro-government forces battling ISIS and Taliban fighters, conflict in the war-ravaged country drags on. And civilians are paying a heavy price: The death toll among non-combatants—especially children—continues to soar.

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