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The U.S. State Department issues visa restrictions in a bid to pressure the Kiir administration into fully implementing the revitalized peace deal; violent clashes between South Sudanese refugees and a host community in Northern Uganda leave six people dead and several others wounded; and an education official in Sudan criticizes the current school curriculum for failing to reflect diversity within Sudanese communities.
President Salva Kiir and former deputy Riek Machar hold closed-door meetings in an attempt to resolve issues ahead of the formation of a unity government; the Bank of South Sudan auctions nearly one and a half million dollars to nine forex bureaus; and the U.N. appeals for over one billion dollars in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan in the upcoming year.
The third round of Sudan peace talks gets underway in Juba; Sudan's prime minister calls on friends of Sudan to help the country achieve economic growth and lasting peace; and Sudanese citizens welcome the transitional government's decision to overturn the controversial Public Order Act.
The U.S. Treasury Department sanctions five South Sudan nationals for their role in the disappearances of a South Sudanese human rights lawyer and a member of the SPLM-IO; three civilians are killed by suspected Misseriya Arab nomads in the disputed Abyei region; and female journalists in Sudan call on media institutions to protect them from harassment and intimidation tactics used to suppress their reporting.
Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visits Washington D.C. in an effort to increase diplomatic partnerships with the United States; UNICEF appeals for millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance for South Sudanese women and children in the upcoming year; and pubic university lecturers in South Sudan welcome a pay hike that increases their salaries by 60 percent.
The South Sudan government opens its first tribunal in Juba to try national security operatives accused of committing crimes against humanity; signatories of the revitalized peace agreement are deadlocked in determining the number of states and its boundaries required to form a unity government; and dozens of people are killed in inter-communal fighting over the ownership of land on the River Nile.
A South Sudanese youth suspects the government is behind his recent arrest and detainment by immigration officials; the United Nations distributes non-food items to thousands of refugees left homeless by devastating flooding in Maban; and in Uganda, more than a million condoms are recalled for failing to meet international standards or protect users from disease.
A U.N. office in South Sudan condemns an attack on aid workers in the former Upper Nile State; a gas tanker explosion kills at least 17 factory workers in the Sudan capital, Khartoum; and health workers launch a campaign to encourage South Sudanese to get tested for HIV/AIDS.
More than 30 people are reportedly killed during inter-communal clashes in Western Lakes State; a joint force of police and military exchanges gunfire with armed residents in Juba's Sherkat neighborhood; and Sudanese journalists call for the removal of elements in Sudan's media sector that are believed to have tarnished the image of the country.
Sudan's transitional government overturns a moral policing law that criminalizes revealing clothing worn by women and drinking alcohol; a top officer with the South Sudan Defense Peoples Forces dismisses a U.N. report that identifies him as a direct beneficiary of illegal logging; and SPLA-IO soldiers desert a cantonment site in Yei River State.
Boma State authorities provide a death toll of the victims who drowned in heavy flooding this year; hundreds of refugee families in the former Upper Nile State struggle in the aftermath of flooding in the area; and women's rights activists call on Sudan's transitional government to abolish criminal code articles that oppress women.
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