Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen at Beirut’s international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 21, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia greets Lebanese President Michel Aoun as he attends a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia reacts as he talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun while attending a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia arrives to attend a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

BEIRUT: Saad Hariri attended independence day celebrations in Beirut on Wednesday after returning to Lebanon for the first time since resigning as prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia.
Hariri, whose sudden resignation on Nov. 4 pitched Lebanon into crisis, flew into Beirut late on Tuesday. He arrived at the military parade, which President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will also attend in central Beirut.


Sudan appoints new peace envoy to S.Sudan

Updated 17 October 2018
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Sudan appoints new peace envoy to S.Sudan

  • Jamal Al-Sheikh was put in charge of “following the implementation” of the peace deal signed last month by warring South Sudanese parties
  • Civil war in the world’s youngest country erupted in December 2013, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir on Wednesday appointed a peace envoy to South Sudan, mired in conflict since it won independence from its northern neighbor in 2011.
Former ambassador to Juba, Jamal Al-Sheikh, was put in charge of “following the implementation” of the peace deal signed last month by warring South Sudanese parties, Bashir told a gathering of Sudanese diplomats.
“Peace in Sudan cannot be separated from peace in the region, and achieving peace in South Sudan is a big step toward a comprehensive peace,” he said.
Civil war in the world’s youngest country erupted in December 2013, killing tens of thousands, displacing millions and triggering a regional refugee crisis.
South Sudanese arch-foes President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar signed their latest peace deal on September 12 in Ethiopia after talks hosted by Khartoum.
South Sudan gained independence under a peace deal ending a 22-year civil war pitting rebel groups against Khartoum.
But the Darfur region and the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, close to oil-rich South Sudan, have continued to see deadly conflict pitting rebel groups against the Sudanese government.
Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting insurgents against it.
A US-funded survey released recently estimated that nearly 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict in South Sudan.