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Catastrophe in Aleppo as cease-fire dissolves

Syria | U.S. diplomacy is no match for Syria’s barrel bombs
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/14/16, 12:34 pm

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, took direct aim Tuesday at a fellow member of the UN Security Council in an emergency briefing on Syria. “Is there literally nothing that can shame you?” she asked her Russian counterparts as the siege of Aleppo brought an endless stream of images and reports of civilian atrocities.

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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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