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Sudan/South Sudan: Security Council Extends Mandates of United Nations Interim Force for Abyei, Joint Border Monitoring Entity, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2386 (2017)

15 November 2017

Source: UN

The Security Council decided this morning to extend until 15 April 2018 the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), and to limit support for the disputed territory’s border monitoring mechanism to a further five months, while awaiting implementation of measures agreed by Sudan and South Sudan.

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Iraq: Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq

14 November 2017

Source: Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic

Around Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s northern Iraqi hometown, ISIS appears to have attracted much more support from water-deprived communities than from their better-resourced peers. In Tharthar subdistrict, a semi-arid expanse west of the Tigris, farmers with fields closest to the encroaching sands joined the jihadists in greater numbers than their counterparts near the river valley. Throughout 100...

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Sudan/South Sudan: Sudan, S. Sudan Border Commission to Meet Next Week

14 November 2017

Source: Sudan Tribune

Sudan’s Technical Committee for Border Demarcation (TCBD) has said the Joint Border Commission (JBC) between Sudan and South Sudan would meet next week in Khartoum. The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the TCBD chairman and Co-chair of the JBC Abdalla al-Sadiq as saying the meeting will discuss ways to accelerate border demarcation process between...

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Myanmar: 'They Beat Him with Sticks', Says Villager of Killing of Myanmar Land Rights Defender

13 November 2017

Source: Rina Chandran, Reuters

Campaigners demanding the return of land to villagers in northern Myanmar said their fight would go on, days after an activist was beaten to death by a mob while visiting the disputed territory on the invitation of local officials. Htay Aung was attacked by a mob of more than 20 people in northern Shan state....

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq Aims to Increase Kirkuk Oilfield Output to 1 Million bpd

13 November 2017

Source: Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters

Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said Iraq plans to increase production from oilfields in Kirkuk to one million barrels per day and has visited the Bai Hasan and Avana fields to order work be accelerated to restore operations soon, the ministry’s spokesman said on Monday. Exports from oilfields in Kirkuk have been on hold since Iraqi forces took...

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China/Vietnam: Vietnam and China Agree to Avoid Conflicts in South China Sea

13 November 2017

Source: Agence France-Presse

Vietnam and China agreed Monday to avoid conflicts in the hotly contested South China Sea, as a new pathway to dialogue on easing tensions was opened with other Southeast Asian nations. The communist neighbours have long sparred over the sea, through which $5 trillion in shipping trade passes annually and which is believed to sit...

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Afghanistan: 151 Water Reservoir Projects to Be Implemented

12 November 2017

Source: Afghanistan Times

The ministry of rural rehabilitation and development on Sunday signed agreements for implementation of 151 water reservoir and water networks projects in different provinces. According to a statement, acting minister, Mujiburahman Karimi, said that 151 water reservoir projects at the total cost of 361.3 million Afs. were signed with locality development Shura (council) to be implemented...

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq's Kurdistan Oil Payments at Risk over Independence Tensions

10 November 2017

Source: Angelina Rascouet, Bloomberg

Iraq’s Kurdish region handed over almost $80 million to foreign oil producers over the past two days, but future payments may be at risk. Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., Genel Energy Plc, DNO ASA and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. reported payments from the Kurdistan Region Government on Thursday and Friday for sales of crude in July and August....

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Afghanistan: Ministry Shares List of over 1,000 Mining Contracts

10 November 2017

Source: Mir Haidarshah Omid, TOLOnews

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has shared a list of 1,050 contracts of small mining projects on its website, saying that it is the beginning of its efforts to bring reforms and make public aware about improvements in the key government institution. However, according to the list, a considerable number of the projects are...

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Colombia: Colombia Gold and Copper Symposium Draws the Crowds

10 November 2017

Source: Mining Journal

The Colombia Gold and Copper Symposium (CGCS) is rapidly establishing itself as one of the must-attend events for the mining and exploration sectors in Latin America, with an increasing number of companies presenting and delegates from around the world attending to find out more about gold and copper project opportunities in Colombia and the...

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