UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 17, 2014

War-torn South Sudan gets Chinese weapons delivery

The government in civil war-torn South Sudan has taken delivery of new Chinese arms, including anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers and assault rifles, the country’s defense minister confirmed Wednesday. The minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said the deal with China North Industries Corp (Norinco) was concluded ...

May 10, 2014

South Sudan ceasefire set to begin after peace deal

A cease-fire between South Sudan’s government and rebels was due to come into effect Saturday following a deal to end a brutal five-month war that has pushed the country to the brink of genocide and famine. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, ...

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

Mar 14, 2014

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

South Sudan faces possible famine if warring government and rebel forces do not heed a cease-fire deal they have signed, U.S. and EU envoys warned Thursday. “The parties have failed to respect their commitment to the Jan. 23 cessation of hostilities,” said U.S. envoy ...

Feb 11, 2014

Protect Syria's suffering children

Since it began in March 2011, Syria's civil war has led to the deaths of as many as 10,000 children, with many more injured or missing. Japan must continue to do all it can to improve humanitarian relief.

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Jan 20, 2014

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said there is a “significant” chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview before the Geneva II peace talks. Speaking on Sunday at his presidential palace ...

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Nov 20, 2013

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s undying call for a “new birth of freedom” at the bloody turning point of the U.S. Civil War, turns 150 years old as the union he fought to preserve quarrels bitterly over the role of government.

Commonwealth nations to help postwar Sri Lanka

Nov 17, 2013

Commonwealth nations to help postwar Sri Lanka

Leaders including South Africa’s president said Sunday that they are ready to help Sri Lanka achieve postwar healing, as the island nation closed a Commonwealth summit held amid international outcry over its human rights record. The summit was dogged by constant attention to Sri ...