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Globe Trot: Trump team’s most seasoned intelligence expert quits

International | James Woolsey abruptly steps down after Coats appointment
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/06/17, 03:26 pm

UNITED STATES: Former CIA Director James Woolsey abruptly quit the Trump transition team last night. The news surfaced shortly after President-elect Donald Trump named former Sen.

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UN calls for forces to prevent genocide in South Sudan

South Sudan | Commission wants African Union court to begin prosecuting war crimes
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/16/16, 09:31 am

The United Nations human rights commission this week called for the immediate deployment of a 4,000-member protection force to South Sudan to prevent a looming genocide in the war-torn country.

South Sudanese officials first agreed to the additional force in September. At the time, the UN Security Council mandated the additional troops be based in the capital, Juba. But on Wednesday, Yasmin Sooka, the UN commission’s chairwoman, called for the force’s immediate deployment and asked for its presence across the country.

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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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