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South Sudan government fails to sign agreement with rebels; US, Britain to push for UN sanctions

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Flag_of_the_United_Nations.svgUnited Nations: After Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan failed to sign a power-sharing agreement with his former deputy, now rebel chief, Riek Machar, the United States and Britain have pushed for United Nation’s sanctions against South Sudan government, according to a report published in Economic Times.

When both the President and the rebel chief met to sign the agreement, the President conveyed that he would return to finalize the agreement in early September. The US has heavily criticized the Kiir government’s for “squandering” another opportunity to end the conflict in the country.

The power-sharing agreement to end the conflict and ensure peace was brokered by an eight-nation East African IGAD bloc that was backed by United Nations, European Union and African Union among others.

The UN Security Council will meet next Tuesday to discuss imposing sanctions on South Sudan. Nearly 70% of the South Sudanese population is facing acute food scarcity with nearly 200,000 people sheltered in UN bases, said the ET report.

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Amid South Sudan’s War, Miss World Pageant Carries On

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In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, the winner of Miss World South Sudan 2017, Arual Longar, poses for a portrait at a shelter for street children in Juba, South Sudan. VOA

Amid the ethnic violence, famine and mass displacement in South Sudan’s war, a Miss World pageant carries on in one of the world’s most devastated countries.

Dozens of young women are using the international beauty pageants to advocate for peace at home and abroad. Contestants call the pageant a way to help others and change global perceptions.

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“They think we’re just a war-torn country and then they see our girls,” one former supermodel says. Pixabay


Women and girls have been targets of horrific violence in South Sudan’s war. For the vast majority of people in the deeply impoverished East African country, the annual beauty pageants are unknown or simply a dream.

But organizers are determined to deliver on the theme “beauty with a purpose.” (VOA)

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