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Azerbaijani army holds livefire stage of largescale drills VIDEO

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 10:08
The livefire stage of the largescale operationaltactical exercises of the Azerbaijani army was conducted the countrys Defense Ministry said on Friday
Categories: Russia & CIS

S. Sudan's peace process “precarious”, but progressing: UN envoy

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 10:07

September 19, 2019 (JUBA) - The peace process in South Sudan remains “precarious”, but progress is being made, David Shearer, the head of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS), said.

David Shearer (UN photo)

Briefing the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Shearer said maintaining momentum will depend on the continuing goodwill of all parties as well as the collective and unrelenting focus of its international friends to support formation of a transitional government.

“The formation of the Transitional Government provides an opportunity to lift our gaze from immediate challenges and look over the horizon towards elections, expected at the end of three years of Transition. Elections give the opportunity to resolve differences through democratic rather than violent means,” said the UN envoy.

“And to make a fundamental shift from deals done between elites to a duty to deliver policies by a government elected by the people”, he added.

Shearer, also Special Representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan, said the recent visit of Riek Machar to Juba on President Salva Kiir was a critical step for the 2018 peace agreement.

He said there were positive aspects of the peace deal implementation, citing the ceasefire which largely continues to hold. “Political violence and subsequent displacement have decreased markedly,” stressed Shearer.

According to the senior UN official, opposition members have continued to work in Juba alongside their government counterparts on implementing key elements of the revitalized peace agreement.

He said the more than 130 rapprochements held across the country demonstrate confidence and commitment at the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, Shearer said the UN is also providing technical assistance to reform and rebuild the justice system, not just to tackle criminal acts, but more pervasive impunity in the world's youngest nation.

As part of the process, he stressed, mobile courts staffed by South Sudanese judiciary, have expanded beyond Bentiu and Malakal.

“In the next few weeks they will try hundreds of serious cases, including sexual and gender-based violence,” he noted.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.


Categories: Africa

Allemagne: le gouvernement Merkel prépare un plan d'envergure sur le climat

RFI (Europe) - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 10:02
Ce 20 septembre, le gouvernement allemand doit présenter une loi sur le climat ambitieuse, permettant à l’Allemagne de réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 55 % par rapport à 1990 à l’horizon 2030. La coalition a travaillé une partie de la nuit pour tenter de résoudre les derniers désaccords. 
Categories: Union européenne

ACG is great example of intl coop worldclass technology SP Global Platts

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:55
AzeriChiragGunashli ACG was a landmark contract for Azerbaijan and for the whole Caspian region Elena Anankina credit analyst focusing on energy and the primary analyst on SOCAR at SP Global Platts told Trend
Categories: Russia & CIS

Sudan's Call meets in Cairo to discuss democratic transition

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:52

August 20, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's Call forces will hold a meeting in Cairo in the next few days on the democratic transition in the country after a separate meeting of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) to complete its vision on peace.

The meeting of the alliance, which is composed of armed and political groups, comes after the resignation of Sadiq al-Mahdi, from his position as the chair of Sudan Call, as he called for a review of its structure and its alliances with other national forces.

The political components of Sudan Call are part of the transitional government, while the armed groups remain outside the framework of the transitional arrangements.

In a statement to Sudan Tribune from Cairo, Yasir Arman, a Sudan Call leading official, said that the meeting of the Revolutionary Front from one side and the meeting of the forces of Sudan Call on the other side will take place from September 21 and end on September 30 stressing they will discuss the peace process and ways to accomplish the tasks of the democratic change.

"Sudan needs a genuine partnership that must include the forces of revolution and forces of change, on the other hand, it should include the regular forces, and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC)," he said.

Arman underscored that the importance of the Cairo meetings stems from the fact that they are crucial for peace and democratization alike.

Severe disagreements between the SRF and the FFC political components erupted after the overthrow of the al-Bashir's regime last April.

The armed groups complained they had not been consulted in the decision-making process during negotiations with the junta. Further, the disagreement exacerbated after the rejection of the SRF request for seats in the transitional authority.

Regarding the meeting of the Revolutionary Front, Arman said the umbrella will discuss the peace process and negotiation with the Sudanese government as agreed in Juba.

Also, they will consider cooperation with the region's countries to reach a comprehensive peace in Sudan.

Egypt has expressed willingness to host the peace process but finally, the signatories of the Juba Declaration agreed on Juba as the venue of negotiations. In addition, Chad, Ethiopia Qatar and UAE should be associated as facilitators together with the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations.


Categories: Africa

Azerbaijan marks 25th anniversary of Contract of Century

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:40
Every year on September 20 Azerbaijan marks the anniversary of Production Sharing Agreement PSA Contract of the Century on development of the AzeriChiragGuneshli ACG block of fields and Day of Oilmen professional holiday of workers of oil and gas sector
Categories: Russia & CIS

Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:18
Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati losing another ally amid Chinese pressure on the nations that have diplomatic relations with the selfruled island Reuters reported
Categories: Russia & CIS

UN honours Indian women police officers in S. Sudan

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:16

September 19, 2019 (NEW DELHI/JUBA) - Five Indian women police officers have been honoured by the United Nations for their commendable roles in their South Sudan mission, officials said Friday.

UNMISS troops from India patrol the perimeters of a compound in South Sudan's capital, Juba (AP)

The officers received the UN medal at a medal parade in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) office in Juba on Tuesday.

The police officers included, Reena Yadav, Gopika Jahagirdar, Bharati Samantray, Ragini Kumari and Kamal Shekhawat.

The women officers were honoured by the UN for upholding the UN mandate of protection of civilians in conflict-ridden South Sudan.

The officers are engaged in community policing, administrative, operational duties and capacity building of local authorities.

India is among the largest troop contributing countries in the world to UN peacekeeping missions. As of March 2019, 2,337 Indian troops were reportedly deployed in South Sudan.


Categories: Africa

Date of Azerbaijani Armenian FMs meeting disclosed

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 09:01
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will hold a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group CoChairs in New York on Sept 23 the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told NewsAz
Categories: Russia & CIS

S. Sudan's new government to be formed by November: Kiir

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 08:51

September 19, 2019 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said the Transitional Government of National Unity must be formed on November 12 as agreed by the parties to the peace deal in May this year.

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir in Juba on September 8, 2019 (PPU)

Kiir made these remarks during prayers organised by South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) at State House in the capital, Juba on Thursday.

“Through your prayers our wounds people will be healed,” he said.

The South Sudanese leader also appealed to the armed opposition leader Riek Machar to return to Juba ahead of the formation of the new coalition government.

During last week's meetings between Kiir and Machar in Juba, both leaders committed to the timely formation of the new government.

The two rival leaders also agreed to form a committee that would look into the final report of the Independent Boundary Commission (IBC), number of states and their boundaries and come up with findings suitable for both parties and the people of South Sudan.

On his part, however, Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro appealed to the signatories to the peace pact to ensure the accord if fully implemented and new government put in place as agreed.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013, when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

The power-sharing arrangements under the deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed on security arrangements.


Categories: Africa

Huawei launches sanctionhit flagship smartphone

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 08:45
Huawei is launching a new flagship smartphone that will run on the Chinese tech giants own version of Googles Android operating system because of US export sanctions Daily Sabah reported
Categories: Russia & CIS

Azerbaijan takes part in festival in Turkey

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 08:26
Azerbaijans national team participates in the TEKNOFEST festival in Turkey Trend reports on Sept 20 referring to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport Communications and High Technologies
Categories: Russia & CIS

Azerbaijani FM meets with Kyrgyz counterpart

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 08:11
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Kyrgyz counterpart Chingiz Aydarbekov within his working visit to Hungary the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told NewsAz
Categories: Russia & CIS

Tshisekedi à Bruxelles: la relance de la coopération UE-RDC en discussion

RFI (Europe) - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 07:57
Ce jeudi 19 septembre au soir, à 18h, à Bruxelles, après la fin de la visite officielle du président congolais Félix Tshisekedi en Belgique, une étape supplémentaire avait été rajoutée, à savoir une rencontre avec le président de la Commission européenne, Jean-Claude Juncker. Le fait d’avoir rouvert la Maison Schengen (désormais appelée Centre européen des visas) et d’avoir permis le retour de l’ambassadeur européen à Kinshasa a donné des gages à l’UE. Les deux hommes ont surtout discuté de la relance de la coopération entre l’Europe et la RDC, même si la question des sanctions européennes à l’encontre de la RDC est présente dans tous les esprits.
Categories: Union européenne

Zuckerberg held constructive meeting with Trump

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 07:57
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a productive meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House a spokesperson for the social media giant said in a statement Sputnik reported
Categories: Russia & CIS

Armenia continues violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 07:34
Over the past 24 hours Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 21 times using heavy machine guns the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Sept 20
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1 dead 5 injured in Washington DC shooting police

News.Az - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 07:02
One person was killed and five others injured in a shooting Thursday night in northern Washington DC police said
Categories: Russia & CIS

Health ministry confirms 124 cholera cases in southeast Sudan

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 07:01

September 19, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese health authorities reported 124 cholera cases in two states, confirming the spread of outbreak as a result of poor health and water and sewage system structures in the country.

Following the recent floods that hit 16 of 18 states, the cholera epidemic killed six people in the Blue Nile state.

Also, the health ministry identified five states - White Nile, Gedaref, Sennar, Kassala and Khartoum- saying they have the highest risks of a cholera outbreak.

"Blue Nile state recorded five new cases of cholera on Wednesday, bringing the total to 101, while no new deaths have been recorded except for the previous six cases," said Suleiman Abdel Jabar the health ministry undersecretary.

Abdel Jabar in his statement further said that "the total number of cases of cholera amounted to 124 cases, including 101 in the Blue Nile State and 23 in the state of Sennar".

Sudanese authorities under the new regime vowed to be transparent in term of international safety standards and to not repeat the policy of the al-Bashir regime.

After the recent floods, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against the risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases spreading due to the poor hygiene infrastructures in Sudan

The Ministry of Health and WHO are working together to strengthen disease surveillance and provide medical treatment said OCHA Sudan in a statement on Thursday.

The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF), a UN funding mechanism for humanitarian activities in Sudan, is allocating $7.6 million for the cholera and flood response under its Reserve for Emergencies envelope.


Categories: Africa

Municipales : Emmanuel Macron et Marine le Pen tentent de sortir de leur ghetto électoral

Le Monde / Politique - Fri, 20/09/2019 - 06:16
A six mois du scrutin, le chef de l’Etat tente de conquérir les territoires ruraux alors que la présidente du Rassemblement national souhaite attirer des électeurs dans les grandes villes.
Categories: France