South Sudan opposition seeks 6-month extension on peace deal

JUBA, South Sudan – South Sudan’s opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. Opposition deputy chairman Henry Odwar told The Associated Press on Saturday that the extension is needed because security arrangements are not yet adequate. South Sudan’s government rejects the idea of an extension, further raising concerns among observers that the peace agreement signed in September could fall apart. The deal…

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Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

File – In this Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Palestinian women wait near a section of Israel’s separation barrier covered in graffiti, one depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, at the Qalandiya checkpoint , between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israel’s election this month may have dimmed hopes for a two-state solution with the Palestinians as a way of resolving one of the Middle East’s most intransigents conflicts. The vote, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory, left no doubt that peace…

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Explosions hit 2 churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Witnesses are reporting two explosions have hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers. The first blast ripped through St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. Alex Agileson who was in the vicinity says buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast. He says a number of injured were carried in ambulances. A second explosion was reported at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo. The church has appealed for help on its Facebook page. Sri Lankan…

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