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African nations need regional solutions, not misguided advice from the West and the African Union

Men confront African Union soldiers in Bangui on Jan. 30 after residents had surrounded a convoy of Chadian Muslims fleeing the country. /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Western political leaders and media are often quick to make demands of African states and their leaders while completely absolving the “rebels” in the bush. […]

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Diplomats see S. Sudan spiraling into open-ended civil war

South Sudanese refugees headed for UN compounds and safety outside the capital Juba.  /Joseph Edward photo

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — After two years of independence, South Sudan has entered what diplomats term a civil war that could last years. Western diplomats said the Juba government was incapable of quelling the revolt that has spread throughout […]

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South Sudan boosted by Uganda after failure of coup backed by Obama administration

South Sudanese government soldiers in Bentiu on Jan 12 after regaining control of the capital.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Juba It has been more than a month since former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar launched his failed coup attempt against the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Sporadic fighting continues and […]

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South Sudan, its people and even Sudan reject a coup attempt that had Obama’s backing

South Sudan soldiers celebrate after recapturing Bentiu on Jan. 12.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Juba Riek Machar’s failed coup attempt in South Sudan was, by Sunday, Jan. 12, nearing its inevitable end. The main challenge facing President Salva Kiir Mayardit and official Juba is getting over the […]

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U.S. evacuates diplomatic staffers from South Sudan

Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response help U.S. citizens into a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules airplane in Juba, South Sudan, during an evacuation of personnel from the U.S. Embassy, Jan. 3, 2014. A squad-size element of U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response successfully evacuated more than 20 personnel from the U.S. Embassy in coordination with the East Africa Response Force, and under the command and control of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.  /U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Robert L. Fisher III

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, helpless in efforts to end the civil war, has been withdrawing staff from South Sudan. The Defense Department has overseen the evacuation of diplomatic and other staffers in the South Sudanese capital […]

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U.S. plans to evacuate S. Sudan staffers after failed first attempt

U.S. V-22 Osprey.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States intends to attempt another evacuation of staffers from South Sudan. The administration of President Barack Obama has ordered plans to evacuate staffers and other Americans from South Sudan. Officials acknowledged a failed […]

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Sudan supplying fighters against South Sudan in arms for oil deal with Iran, China

Rebel fighters in South Sudan.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — China and Iran are believed to be supplying weapons to fighters in Sudan. A report said rebels sponsored by the Khartoum regime were supplying Chinese and Iranian arms to rebels assigned to fight the new […]

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S. Sudan revolt spreads as soldiers mutiny against president

South Sudan President Salva Kiir tells reporters at a news conference in Juba that the government has "full control" of the situation in the capital after what he says was an overnight coup attempt on Dec. 16.  /Larco Lomayat photo

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The military has been divided by a revolt that spread throughout South Sudan. Officials said the South Sudanese military was racked by a mutiny against President Salva Kiir. The officials said units loyal to ousted […]

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S. Sudan fights off coup attempt by ex-vice president

Former South Sudan vice president Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — South Sudan has been hurled into turmoil amid a coup attempt. The government has acknowledged an attempted military coup in Juba on Dec. 16. Officials said a military faction aligned to former Vice President Riek […]

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The geopolitics of African resources: China plotting to tap them in new, ‘de-Americanized world’

China’s strategy is focused on routes for moving African natural resources toward the Indian Ocean.

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South Sudan and the […]

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