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Maidstone soldiers to deploy on challenging UN mission to world's newest country

Seven years ago today the world's newest country declared independence - but since then life for the people of South Sudan has continued to be a violent, desperate struggle.

A United Nations peace-keeping force is now in place while the country's civil war rages. And that's where Maidstone's 36 Engineer Regiment comes in.

They're heading out to Africa this week in one of the first deployments of its kind, to help. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lt Col Mark Jones, Maj Alanda Scott, L/Cpl Charles Onslow and and Maj Jamie Walker.

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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, June 2018

Planes, trains and ... Brexit. Britain's obesity crisis; and predictions for the World Cup. Whose money is on Uruguay? To debate a difficult week in Parliament for the Government:-

  • Baroness Smith from Sussex for Labour
  • Craig Mackinlay MP, from South Thanet for the Conservatives, and
  • Kelly-Marie Blundell from Lewes, for the LibDems
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