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El Salvador's newly sworn-in President Nayib Bukele and his wife, Gabriela, wave during inaugural activities in Plaza Barrios in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 1, 2019.
El Salvador’s new President Nayib Bukele took office Saturday pledging to cure the Central American country that he described as a “sick child” following years of violence and migration that has strained relations with the United States.The 37-year-old former mayor of San Salvador, who won more votes than all other candidates in the February presidential election, brought an end to a two-party system that has held sway over…
Members of the U.N. Security Council gather inside the United Nations Security Council chambers for a meeting on Syria, April 30, 2019.
South Sudan's government is reacting angrily to the United Nations Security Council's move to renew sanctions on that country for another year, including an arms embargo. A South Sudan official warned continuing sanctions would weaken the government and embolden holdout groups that refused to sign the revitalized peace deal.After repeated failed attempts, the Security Council imposed sanctions on South Sudan last year following five years of fighting that caused hundreds of…
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Fri, 05/31/2019 - 17:22
Members of the U.N. Security Council gather inside the United Nations Security Council chambers for a meeting on Syria, April 30, 2019.
The U.N. Security Council renewed sanctions on South Sudan Thursday for another year, including an arms embargo. But none of the council’s three African members supported the measure. Last year, after earlier failed attempts, the Security Council imposed sanctions, including an arms embargo, against South Sudan, where political violence has caused a massive humanitarian disaster, including deaths, displacement and widespread food insecurity. Five of…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:26
FILE - Yasir Arman speaks during joint news conference in Khartoum, Dec. 22, 2010.
A Sudanese rebel leader has returned home despite a 2014 death sentence given in abstentia, saying he will stay even though Sudan's military junta has asked him to leave.Yasir Arman told VOA's South Sudan in Focus that he is in Sudan to help resolve the ongoing standoff over who should lead Sudan's transitional government for the next three years.Arman, deputy chairman of a faction of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), flew into Khartoum on…
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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:36
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The Trump administration said on Tuesday that no major trading partner met its currency manipulation criteria but nine countries, including China, required close attention as Washington presses tariffs and negotiations to address trade deficits. The Treasury Department, in a semi-annual report to Congress, said it reviewed the policies of an expanded set of 21 major U.S. trading partners and found that nine required close attention due to currency practices: China,…
Susana Abdalla Hassan, an employee of Bank of Khartoum, holds a sign supporting the revolution while striking outside Al-Waha mall, in Khartoum, Sudan, May 28, 2019.
Chanting anti-government slogans, workers lined up outside the upscale al-Waha shopping center in downtown Khartoum, demanding an end to the country's 30-year military rule."Our martyrs lost their lives," they shouted, referring to the dozens of people killed since December in Sudan's revolution. "We can lose our jobs."Tuesday was the first day of a two-day nationwide strike called by opposition leaders demanding that Sudan's military junta transfer power to a civilian…
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Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:28
A shop sells skin-lightening products in Accra, Ghana, July 3, 2018. Africa is experiencing a massive trend of skin bleaching, also called lightening or whitening, particularly in teenagers and young adults. The widening phenomenon is laden with heal...
East African countries moved a step closer to approving a ban on skin-bleaching products.The East African Legislative Assembly passed a resolution this month to ban the manufacture and importation of soaps, cosmetics and beauty products containing hydroquinone, an ingredient often used in skin bleaching. WATCH: East Africa Closer to Banning Skin-Lightening Products