S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters Oct 20, 2019 0 509 12345 AFPJubaSouth Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir.The foes, whose falling out in 2013 triggered a bloody civil war that has left almost 400,000 people dead and sparked a major humanitarian crisis, signed a peace deal in September last year that is meant to see them reunite once again in government.The deadline for the formation of this government, in which Machar will serve as first vice president, has already been delayed once and is now set for November 12. However crucial technical steps contained within the agreement, such as creating a unified army and agreeing on the internal boundaries of states, have failed to make progress.“The two will have a closed door meeting at the presidential palace today (Saturday),” a spokesman for Machar’s party the SPLM-IO, Manawa Peter Gatkuot, said after the rebel leader’s arrival.Machar and Kiir met in September in Juba, but failed to agree on the two issues of security and state boundaries.Efforts to get warring parties to canton their troops with a view towards forming a unified army have made little progress. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1087 IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 174 Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 148 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Cologne: Some 10,000 people protested peacefully against Turkey’s military incursion into north-eastern Syria in the German city of Cologne on Saturday, although the number of participants remained below .. 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire DPA Beirut/Istanbul Turkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US. “Terrorists” have carried out 14 .. German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria. Two developments are .. Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country ..