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US President Joe Biden and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Photos via Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s United States Administration on Monday accused South Sudan government of perpetrating ethnic-based killings and for using food as a weapon of war, days after the country marked ten years of independence.

The report which also cites Ethiopia and Eritrea, among other countries, also said non-state actors in the world’s youngest countries have also perpetrated unlawful killings warning of further sanctions.

“The government has perpetrated extrajudicial killings including ethnic-based killings of civilians, widespread sexual violence, and use of food as a weapon of war,” the United States Department of State said in an annual Congress on genocide.

“Non-government armed groups also perpetrated unlawful killings, rape, sexual slavery, and forced recruitment of children,” the report seen by Sudans Post which also accused China of ethnic cleansing, said.

The report also referred to a February 2021 comment attributed to the State Secretary Anthony Blinken in which he stated that “those responsible for human rights violations in South Sudan must be held to account.”

It added that the department “continues to support civil society documentation to further truth, justice, and accountability and advocate for a robust mandate for the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to collect and preserve evidence.” - Sudans Post

 

The Kilimani Police Division in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city, has launched an  investigation into the mysterious death of two Nigerian men who lost their lives during a night party hosted at Skyhorse Apartment in Kilimani.

According to a police report, one of the men died after jumping from the 7th floor of the apartment under unclear circumstances while the other collapsed and died in the kitchen while preparing a meal for guests at the party.

Two other men collapsed and were rushed to the hospital where they are fighting for their lives.

The police said they suspected that the men were drugged by three Kenyan ladies they had invited to the party to provide them with escort services.

The three ladies, aged between 22 and 25, are in police custody.

They have since been identified as Verah Osebe, Anastheni Manji, and Diana Moraa. - SaharaReporters

UK ministers were told not to use the phrase 'it's coming home' ahead of the Euros final because it annoys other countries
England captain Harry Kane celebrates scoring the winning goal against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
  • UK government ministers were told not to use the phrase "it's coming home" ahead of the Euros final, Politics Home reported.

  • A leaked memo from the department for digital, culture, media, and sport said the phrase annoys other countries.

  • England is playing Italy in the final of the tournament on Sunday evening.

     

UK government ministers have been told to avoid using the phrase "it's coming home" when they are discussing the England football team because it irritates other countries, Politics Home reported.

A leaked memo sent by the department for digital, culture, media, and sport said the phrase - taken from 'Three Lions,' a popular song about the England football team - could damage England's chances of winning a bid to host the World Cup in 2030.

The email said: "As stressed before, please do encourage your Ministers not to use 'It's Coming Home' with the news media and social media.

"I know we're swimming against the tide, but we know this does not go down well overseas - and strategically we need to do all we can to make ourselves welcoming to the football authorities when the UK and Ireland is scoping out a bid for the 2030 World Cup."

The phrase "it's coming home" comes from "Three Lions," a song released by the Lightning Seeds and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to mark the Euro 1996 final.

It referenced the fact that a major international football tournament was being played in England for the first time since the 1966 World Cup, which is characterized as the home of the sport.

But the phrase "it's coming home" can be seen to annoy other countries who claim the sport originated there.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 7 appeared last week to contradict his own government's advice on the use of the phrase, tweeting "Let's bring it home" after England defeated Denmark in the semi-final of the tournament. 

The email came as England prepared to play Italy in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament, which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first time England has played in the final of the tournament, and only the second time in history that the team has played in the final of a major international tournament. By 

 

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