south sudan conflict

Kerry Tells South Sudan Leaders to Stick to Peace Deal or Face Sanctions

By Lesley Wroughton NAIROBI, Aug 23  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan’s leaders to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions. His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia,

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U.N. to Investigate Peacekeepers’ Response to South Sudan Hotel Attack

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an investigation on Tuesday into accusations peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to respond properly to an attack on a Juba hotel by uniformed men who killed a journalist and raped several civilians. Ban was “alarmed” by the initial findings of a

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South Sudan’s President Says Not Fighting U.N. Over Troops Plan

By Denis Dumo JUBA, Aug 15 – South Sudan is not fighting the United Nations over its plan to intervene to end fighting in the country, President Salva Kiir said on Monday, confirming a softer stance towards a U.N. vote to send in extra troops. The U.N. Security Council authorised an extra 4,000 troops on

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Clashes Flare Southwest of South Sudan’s Capital

By Denis Dumo JUBA, Aug 14 – Fighting erupted in South Sudan late on Saturday southwest of the capital between forces loyal to the president and the opposition, an opposition spokesman said, after fierce fighting last month in Juba raised fears of a slide back into civil war. Witnesses reported heavy gunfire in the region

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South Sudan President Fires Ministers Allied to Rival Machar

By Denis Dumo JUBA, Aug 3 – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir fired six ministers allied to his long-time rival Riek Machar late on Tuesday, widening a political rift in the world’s newest nation and drawing threats of more fighting. Kiir filled the vacant posts, including petroleum minister, with people linked to a breakaway faction

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At Least 120 Cases of Sexual Violence in South Sudan Capital: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, July 28 – The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country’s rival leaders. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several

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Uganda Troops in South Sudan to Evacuate Citizens After Violence

By Denis Dumo JUBA, July 14 – Uganda’s army began evacuating citizens from inside neighbouring South Sudan on Thursday where fighting between forces loyal to the president and his rival has plunged the nation into its worst crisis since the end of a two-year civil war. After the civil war erupted in 2013, Uganda’s forces

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South Sudan’s Vice President Leaves Juba, Not Seeking War: Spokesman

By Denis Dumo JUBA, July 13 – South Sudan’s vice president has withdrawn with his troops to outside of Juba but is not planning for war, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as a ceasefire that ended heavy fighting with the president’s forces entered its third day. Forces loyal to longtime rivals Vice President Riek Machar

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