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The world's happiest countries REVEALED: Finland comes top while South Sudan is the bleakest as the UK climbs the table and the US falls to its lowest ranking EVER
Finland has been crowned the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row, leading a top ten that is made up of five Nordic nations. The World Happiness Report, released today, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corrup
Pope Francis encourages South Sudan peace process, hopes to visit
VATICAN – As the process to implement a peace accord in South Sudan continues, Pope Francis met March 16 with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and expressed the hope that, finally, he would be able to visit the country.
South Sudan: Post civil war instability
One of the greatest humanitarian disasters today, South Sudan’s civil war has led to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people and millions more displaced. September’s peace deal was greeted with apprehensive relief. Now, with many of the provisions still unaddressed, the scepticism was seemingly justifie
In South Sudan, Peace Does Not Make Hunger Disappear
JUBA — In a large room with green walls serving as common room, mothers wait in silence at the bedsides of their children for the doctor's morning visit. Cecilia arrived a few days ago with her son, who is 28 months old and weighs barely more than 10 kilogram — the average weight of a healthy one ye
Why the latest peace deal in South Sudan won’t hold
South Sudan plunged into conflict in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his deputy Riek Machar of an attempted coup d'etat. After five years in which regional powers sought ways to end the stalemate, Kiir and Machar signed the latest in a series of power-sharing peace agreements.
Note to humanitarians in South Sudan: strengthen the group, not just the individual
South Sudan’s five-year civil war has killed 400,000 people and displaced more than four million others, creating the largest refugee crisis in Africa. About half the population of 12 million face severe hunger. But despite continued clashes, a peace deal between warring parties to form a transition
Trump Issues First Veto To Protect His ‘National Emergency’ Over Border Wall
Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, blocking Congress’ attempt to end the “national emergency” he had declared after lawmakers refused to fund the border wall he had originally promised Mexico would pay for.
South Sudan 'superhero' wins award for work with children born of rape
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children born of rape in South Sudan’s civil war must be integrated into their families and communities to ensure lasting peace in the country, aid worker Christine Ngbaazande said on Monday as she won a prestigious award.
UN report: Sex abuse in UN peacekeeping drops, up elsewhere
UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations says allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in U.N. peacekeeping missions decreased in 2018 — but allegations against other U.N. personnel and staff of organizations implementing U.N. programs increased, possibly due to "awareness-raising."
In South Sudan, differing aid mandates lead to ethical standoff
JUBA, South Sudan — The line of media outlets and human rights investigators outside a young woman’s hospital room grows longer. Each party jockeys for their turn to speak with the woman who has been raped. In less than two hours, the shy 18-year-old recounts her harrowing story at least three times
Uganda investigates UN food aid after three die, police say
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda is investigating a supply of food from the World Food Program after three people died and 262 others got sick, police said. People suffered diarrhea, nose bleeds and other health problems after eating food provided by the United Nations food agency, police said in a statem
Kate Middleton wears green for St Patrick's Day as she and William meet troops
Emerald green was the colour of choice as the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St Patrick's Day by attending a parade of the Irish Guards. The former Kate Middleton and Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, met soldiers from the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London.
What happens when we run out of food?
Our modern society relies upon complex, modern supply chains for food. How would we cope if they were to suddenly collapse?. It happened almost overnight. Rešad Trbonja was an ordinary teenager growing up in a thriving, modern city, one which only a few years earlier had hosted the Winter Olympics.
China hits back at 'prejudiced' U.S. with own rights criticism
BEIJING (Reuters) - Citing poor media freedoms, racism and “ideological prejudice”, China hit back on Thursday in unusually strong terms after the U.S. State Department slammed China’s rights record, including equating abuses on its Muslim minorities with the 1930s.
Bridging the Gap in the Nile Waters Dispute
Ethiopia is building a mighty dam on the Blue Nile, promising economic benefits for both itself and Sudan. But Egypt fears for its freshwater supply. The parties should agree on how fast to fill the dam’s reservoir and how to share river waters going forward.
In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way
This story appears in the April 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine. Standing in a sliver of shade cast by a solar streetlamp, David Kwaje plugs statistics into his smartphone.
Cyclone Idai wrecks Mozambique and tensions brewing between Uganda and Rwanda | Africa Insiders' Newsletter #52
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Russia and US spar over South Sudan peace agreement
UNITED NATIONS – The Security Council has extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a vote of 14-0 with Russia abstaining to protest the resolution's failure to welcome September's peace agreement.
Norway and Switzerland: two approaches to life outside the EU
THE SWISS are getting ready once again for a referendum that could muck up their relations with the European Union. On May 19th they will have a chance to block an EU law that is meant to protect the continent against terrorism by forcing the Swiss, along with everyone else in Europe’s Schengen free
Killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a human rights abuse, State Department says
The State Department on Wednesday characterized the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by government agents as a human rights abuse but avoided implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA concluded was likely to have ordered it.