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At least 17 killed in South Sudan plane crash

JUBA: At least 17 people died in South Sudan on Sunday when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol crashed, State information Minister Taban Abel told Reuters. “The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors,” Abel told Reuters by phone from Yirol. The plane carried a total of 22 people and two were still missing. One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with an NGO, is in critical condition and undergoing surgery in Yirol Hospital, the…

UN fears 2017 will be record year for attacks on schools

NEW YORK: With 500 attacks on schools documented in just six months, 2017 is shaping up as a record year for the number of schools bombed and destroyed in war zones like Yemen, South Sudan and Syria, a UN official said on Friday. Last year, the United Nations was able to verify 753 attacks on schools and hospitals in 20 countries wracked by conflict as the world body seeks to track the violence and find ways to better protect children. Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children in armed conflict, told…

Mother gets 26 years for drowning her kids in Australian lake

SYDNEY: A mother who fled conflict and admitted killing three of her children and attempting to murder a fourth by driving her car into a lake was jailed for 26 years in Australia on Tuesday. Akon Guode, who came to Australia after fleeing civil war in South Sudan, plunged the vehicle into the lake on the outskirts of Melbourne in 2015, killing one-year-old son Bol and four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit. Rescuers pulled her and five-year-old daughter Alual from the sinking vehicle. In handing down his sentence,…

Pakistani engineer kidnapped in South Sudan released

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani petroleum engineer who was kidnapped by rebels in South Sudan has been released from captivity on Thursday. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria confirmed the development and said Ayaz Ali Jamali has been released. "Mr Ayaz Jamali, who was in the captivity of some group in South Sudan, has been released," he said. The spokesman added that Pakistani diplomatic missions is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Khartoum, Sudan had been making efforts to secure the release of Ayaz Jamali. Pakistan does not…