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South Sudan’s rival groups sign Christmas Eve cease-fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/22/17, 10:40 am

South Sudan’s rival factions on Thursday agreed to a new cease-fire that will begin on Christmas Eve. It’s the latest attempt to end a civil war in the world’s youngest nation that has killed tens of thousands of people. South Sudan’s government and armed groups signed the agreement during peace talks in Ethiopia, where they agreed to end hostilities, freeze military positions, and release prisoners of war.

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Houthis fire missile at Saudi palace

by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/19/17, 10:07 am

Yemeni rebels fired a missile into Saudi Arabia on Monday, hoping to hit the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital. Saudi defense systems intercepted the ballistic “Volcano H-2” missile as it flew over southern Riyadh. The projectile did not do any damage. A spokesman for the Houthi rebels confirmed the attack and said the rebels hoped the missile would land in Yamama Palace, where King Salman holds weekly government meetings and entertains world leaders and dignitaries.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin Press Service, Sputnik

Putin visits Syria, declares victory with Assad

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/11/17, 11:58 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Syria on Monday to declare victory in its campaign to help President Bashar al-Assad defeat terrorists and rebels. No other foreign head of state has visited Syria since its civil war began in 2011. Russia launched air operations in the country in September 2015 and quickly turned the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor. The airstrikes not only targeted Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda terrorists but also battled mainstream rebels opposed to the Assad family’s four-decade rule.

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