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Diplomacy & Peace

Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia

Barack Obama.President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

China calls for immediate end to conflict in South Sudan

SPLA soldiers.China called on Friday for an end to conflict in South Sudan where fighting has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and prompted warnings to oil companies to shut down operations.

Uganda rules out sending troops to Burundi

Ugandan soldiers.Uganda, which has sent its troops to address regional instability in South Sudan and Somalia, is not considering putting any of its soldiers on the ground in Burundi where political unrest spurred an attempted coup on May 13.

Aid groups raise fears of escalating violence in South Sudan

South Sudanese rebels.Rape and killing driven by revenge is spiralling to new highs in South Sudan after 18 months of fighting and the world looks the other way, according to aid groups working in world's youngest country.

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