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Focus on Africa’s Islamic extremists has diverted attention from South Sudan’s growing crisis

As world attention shifts to the growing influence of Muslim militant groups on the African continent, few have paid any attention to the ongoing bloody conflict in South Sudan.

An estimated 50,000 people have died and 2 million have been displaced in the latest phase of fighting in this nation, according to the International Crisis Group, a think tank that aims to prevent and resolve such conflicts. That’s about five times more than in northern Nigeria, where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed more than 5,000 people in six years.

Is updated Band Aid charity song demeaning to Africans?

Some church leaders are criticizing a British musicians' charity group raising funds for the West African Ebola crisis, saying its new single reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa.

Band Aid, which was started 30 years ago by Bob Geldof, has re-recorded the charity title, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

The song was first recorded in 1984 to raise money to help victims of the Ethiopia famine.

South Sudan enters fragile ceasefire

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The peace agreement signed late on Friday between the government of South Sudan and a rebel group was like a miracle, according to a Catholic bishop who was part of the mediating team that helped forge the deal.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a ceasefire agreement that could end a bloody five month conflict that has left thousands dead and more than one million homeless.

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