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Sudan, South Sudan leaders vow to seek peace in their troubled nations

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Sudan's new prime minister Abdalla Hamdok meets with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on his first official visit since becoming premier, following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir

FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT. Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok (L) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit shake hands before meeting on September 12, 2019 in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan. Photo by Akuot Chol/AFP

South Sudan adversaries meet in bid to save peace deal

May 02, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Representatives of South Sudan's rival parties gather in Addis Ababa for a meeting called by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

SOUTH SUDAN. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Vatican says to host South Sudan warring rivals

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The arch-rivals will attend 'an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust,' the Vatican says in a statement

VATICAN RETREAT. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

South Sudan's Riek Machar refuses to sign peace deal – mediator

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed says the opposition's refusal to sign spelled the end of the current Khartoum talks

END TO PEACE TALKS? This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

South Sudan president pardons rival, rebels – state radio

Aug 09, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The announcement comes days after the two men signed a power-sharing deal in the Sudanese capital Khartoum aimed at ending a nearly 5-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands and uprooted millions

PARDON. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Photos by Simon Maina and ISaac Kasamani/AFP

South Sudan foes meet after 2 years

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The official scope of the talks is broad but analysts say the outcome remains unclear given their notoriously volatile relationship and entrenched positions

MEETING. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Photo by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

UN panel blames South Sudan leaders for Juba violence

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The confidential report points the finger at President Salva Kiir and army chief of staff Paul Malong as having ordered the large scale attacks that began on July 8

WHO'S TO BLAME? Internally-displaced people (IDP) look on during the arrival of the UN security council high delegation on September 3, 2016 at the UN House IDP camp in Juba. File photo by Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP

South Sudan leader agrees to extra UN peacekeepers

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:46 AM

South Sudan s President Salva Kiir agrees to the deployment of a regional protection force to beef up the UN s large UN peacekeeping mission

In this file photo, peacekeepers and UN police officers (UNPOL) with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conduct a search for weapons and contraband in Protection of Civilans (POC) Site III, near the Jebel area of Juba, July 19, 2016. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

South Sudan accepts deployment of regional force – IGAD

Aug 06, 2016 - 7:57 AM

The intervention force can be used to help implement an August 2015 peace deal while protecting civilians and carrying out humanitarian duties

South Sudan ex-rebel leader fires possible rival

Jul 23, 2016 - 11:15 PM

I will nominate his replacement as soon as I return to Juba once the security arrangement is put in place by a 3rd party force says South Sudan s vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar

FIRED. South Sudan's vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar has fired the Minister of Mines and former head of the peace negotiations on sides of the SPLM-IO (Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-opposition, Taban Deng Gai (5-L). File photo by Gregor Fischer/EPA

South Sudan struggles to avert 'catastrophe'

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The violence which dominated an African Union summit on Sunday July 17 is the latest in a war that broke out in December 2013

A picture taken on July 16, 2016 in Juba shows a row of numbered body bags with the remains of victims of the past days violence waiting to be collected by a South Sudanese team of the ICRC (International Red Cross Committee). Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP

At least 300 killed in latest S.Sudan violence – UN

Jul 15, 2016 - 7:26 PM

It s over 300 deaths since July 8 says World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic The UN however said it did not have the number of injured

Ceasefire declared after deadly South Sudan clashes

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:02 AM

UPDATED South Sudan s president orders a ceasefire after a new day of heavy fighting in the capital Juba that sent thousands of people fleeing and threatened a return to civil war

CLASHES. A file photo dated 25 April 2016 showing a group of the 195 opposition soldiers arriving with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the South Sudan rebel troops, in Juba, South Sudan. Photo by Phillip Dhil / EPA

South Sudan leaders call for truth body to heal war wounds

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Bringing South Sudan together can be truly guaranteed only through one route: an organized peace and reconciliation process with international backing

First Vice President of South Sudan and former rebel leader, Riek Machar (L), and President Salva Kiir (R), sit for an official photo with the 30 members of the new cabinet of the Transitional Government at the Cabinet Affairs Ministry, in Juba on April 29, 2016. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

South Sudan resumes talks with Sudan on independence issues

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:08 PM

The latest round of talks is the first since a unity government was formed in May in a bid to end the devastating civil war

PEACE TALKS RESUME. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (left) walks prior to a meeting in Addis Ababa in 2015 as part of the past rounds of peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

South Sudan forms unity government

Apr 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Under an August 2015 peace deal the 30 posts of ministers are split between South Sudan President Salva Kiir former rebel chief turned first vice president Riek Machar opposition and other parties

UNITY GOVERNMENT A handout photograph released on April 27, 2016 by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) showing South Sudan first Vice-President-Designate Riek Machar disembarking from a plane at Juba International Airport, Juba, South Sudan, April 26, 2016. Handout photo by Isaac Billy/UNMISS/EPA

South Sudan rebel chief awaits permit to return

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Riek Machar will miss an international deadline to return to the capital to take up the post of vice president as part of a peace deal

In this file photo, Riek Machar addresses journalists at a news conference held in Khartoum, Sudan, September 18, 2015. Stringer/EPA

South Sudan's peace deal hangs by a thread

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The latest stumbling block to the return of rebel chief Riek Machar concerned the number of machine guns and rocket propelled grenades that rebel troops protecting Machar would be allowed to carry

CIVIL WAR. In this file photo, rebel chief Riek Machar addresses journalists at a news conference held in Khartoum, capital of Sudan, September 18, 2015. File photo by EPA

'Concerned' UN pushes South Sudan's Machar to return to Juba

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Rebel leader Riek Machar s much anticipated return to the capital failed to materialize for a second day in a row dimming hopes of a breakthrough to end a two year civil war

In this file photo, Riek Machar addresses journalists at a news conference held in Khartoum, Sudan, September 18, 2015. Stringer/EPA

War-torn South Sudan starvation levels 'alarming' – UN

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns of acute malnutrition and the effects of record high food prices

A family from the Dinka community have lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, on February 26, 2016. The Dinka community sought refugee in this school after fleeing from the clashes in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. The United States forcefully condemned fatal clashes at a United Nations compound sheltering civilians in South Sudan and urged authorities to investigate the incident, which witnesses said involved government troops. At least 18 people and more than 70 others were wounded in the violence Wednesday to Thursday at the camp in the town of Malakal, the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.    / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran

South Sudan troops 'suffocated 50 people in container' – report

Feb 01, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Ceasefire monitors also list other truce violations and crimes including rape

Internally displaced women and children wait for their food ration after an humanitarian airdrop by World Food Programme (WFP) in a small locality in Mayendit County of Unity State on July 25, 2015. Mayendit county was projected to be in phase 4 (Emergency) between May and July according to the integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report which was released in May 2015. It was also one of the areas which saw fighting and displacements in recent months. AFP PHOTO / CHARLES LOMODONG / AFP / CHARLES LOMODONG

S. Sudan gov't formation delayed as rebels reject new states

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rebels say President Salva Kiir s near tripling of the number of regional states undermines a fundamental pillar of a power sharing deal to end two years of civil war

At least 186 killed, many more injured in S. Sudan tanker blast

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:53 PM

UPDATED President Salva Kiir declares three days of national mourning

South Sudan rebels, army accuse each other of fresh fighting

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:54 PM

It is not immediately clear if a ceasefire under a recently inked peace agreement had entered into force Saturday afternoon

UNREST. South Sudan is currently embroiled in a civil war. File photo of South Sudanese SPLA soldiers by Samir Bol/AFP

South Sudan's Kiir signs peace deal despite doubts

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The signing ceremony is held in the capital Juba under the threat of UN sanctions if Kiir fails to put his name to the accord

In this file photo, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (L) looks on during a peace meeting held with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 10, 2014. Daniel Getachew/EPA

No South Sudan peace but president dodges sanctions for now

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED South Sudan s government refuse to sign a peace deal with rebels despite the threat of international sanctions but will return to finalize an agreement within 15 days

MEETING FOR PEACE. Rebel chief Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan's President (C) attend peace deal talks in Addis Ababa on August 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

S.Sudan leader heads to peace talks as deadline looms

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

South Sudan s government and rebels are under intense diplomatic pressure to sign a deal by August 17 to end a 20 month civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed

PEACE TALKS COLLAPSE. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) walks prior to a meeting on March 3, 2015 in Addis Ababa, as part of the latest round of peace talks to end over 14 months of conflict. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

South Sudan's parliament extends president's term to 2018

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:03 AM

The move is seen as going against peace efforts by regional mediators who have been pushing President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to share power in a transitional government

PEACE TALKS COLLAPSE. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) walks prior to a meeting on March 3, 2015 in Addis Ababa, as part of the latest round of peace talks to end over 14 months of conflict. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

South Sudan peace talks collapse

Mar 07, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Over two dozen armed groups have been battling it out since South Sudan s civil war started in December 2013

Kerry backs arms embargo on S. Sudan

Feb 06, 2015 - 8:52 AM

An embargo and sanctions against South Sudan fighters are regularly discussed at the United Nations and in Washington and Europe Little real action is done however with the White House seen as dragging its feet

KERRY. US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaks during an official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2015. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

South Sudan rivals agree new ceasefire deal

Feb 02, 2015 - 8:48 AM

Negotiator: Complete cessation of hostilities in South Sudan is expected as of this morning Monday February 2

A combination of file pictures made on February 1, 2014 shows South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) on June 2, 2014 in Juba and leader of South Sudan's largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar (R) on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. Samir Bol/Zacharias Abubeker/AFP ABUBEKER

South Sudan rivals vow to end war under sanctions threat

Nov 08, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The regional block IGAD threatens South Sudan with severe sanctions unless an unconditional complete and immediate end to all hostilities is reached

SALVA KIIR. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir attend a press conference at the airport of Khartoum, Sudan, 04 November 2014. Photo by EPA.

UN ready to move on South Sudan sanctions

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:30 AM

With a flare up of fighting the council agrees to seriously consider sanctions that would target President Salva Kiir and his rival and former vice president Riek Machar

Wide view of the UN Security Council chamber, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

South Sudan peace talks put on hold again

Oct 06, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The stop start talks between warring factions in South Sudan are once again put on hold on Sunday October 5 the government delegation announces

South Sudan rivals sign new ceasefire deal: mediators

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:15 PM

East Africa s regional IGAD bloc which mediated the talks calls on South Sudan s rival leaders to forge a unity government within 45 days

LIVES AT STAKE. Martha Nyarueni (2nd from left) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving an aid package on July 5, 2014. In January, Martha fled with her husband and 5 children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Photo by Nichole Sobecki/AFP

UN envoys pessimistic on swift S.Sudan peace deal

Aug 13, 2014 - 6:09 PM

British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant: What we are see is the failure of leadership in the country the leaders are at war with each other

UN Security Council threaten S.Sudan leaders with sanctions

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:24 PM

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power: The council has made it very clear: that it is prepared to impose consequences if there continue to be people carrying out gross violations of human rights

South Sudan peace talks to restart August 4: mediators

Aug 01, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Much delayed talks which are initially due to start this week will resume on Monday

War, hunger darken South Sudan's 3rd anniversary

Jul 09, 2014 - 6:56 PM

UPDATED The young nation – born 2011 – is divided by ethnic atrocities and on the brink of famine

HOPE: GONE? In this file photo, South Sudanese hold their national flag one day ahead of the celebrations for South Sudan's Independence, in Juba, South Sudan, on 08 July 2011. Giorgos Moutafis/EPA

South Sudan govt, rebels trade blame as ceasefire broken

May 12, 2014 - 8:28 AM

Observers have said both sides will face challenges in implementing a truce

Warring South Sudan rivals sign peace deal

May 10, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The ceasefire deal vows to end nearly 5 months of civil war

PEACE DEAL. South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (third from right) smiles as he shakes hands with an unidentified man upon his arrival for the face-to-face peace talks with his rival Salva Kiir (not pictured), the President of South Sudan. Photo by EPA/STR

Kerry warns war-torn South Sudan risks genocide, famine

May 01, 2014 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED Kerry says he was frustrated at the apparent lack of concern by both South Sudan President Salva Kiir and ex vice president Riek Machar to stop the war

LACK OF CONCERN? US Secretary of State John Kerry echoes the concern of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the 'lack of concern' by both South Sudan President Salva Kiir and ex-vice president Riek Machar to stop the war. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Apr 28, 2014 - 10:38 PM

The resumption of talks comes amid mounting global outrage over a wave of atrocities committed by both government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing ex vice president Riek Machar

UN Council threatens sanctions over S.Sudan violence

Apr 25, 2014 - 1:03 AM

The Council demands the government of President Salva Kiir to protect civilians and investigate abuse claims

US horrified at 'abomination' of violence in South Sudan

Apr 23, 2014 - 1:03 PM

The US expresses horror at the steadily growing violence in South Sudan

South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

Apr 17, 2014 - 6:45 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns more than one million people are at risk of famine in the war torn country

UN cites evidence of rebel abuses in South Sudan

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:53 AM

According to eyewitnesses armed opposition forces targeted and killed 10 unarmed civilians on the basis of their ethnic background

South Sudan peace talks postponed: officials

Feb 10, 2014 - 9:45 PM

A second round of peace talks have been postponed A spokesman said the second round would start Tuesday but there was no immediate confirmation

PEACE TALKS POSTPONED. South Sudanese internally displaced people (IDP) wait on a boat at Mingkaman's temporary camp, on February 9, 2014, as they head back to Bor. Photo by Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP

New round of South Sudan talks to open in Ethiopian capital

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:15 PM

The two sides agreed to meet again for a second phase of negotiations on a political agreement designed to address the root causes of the unrest

South Sudan fighting despite ceasefire

Jan 26, 2014 - 6:59 PM

South Sudan s government and rebels traded accusations that each had breached a ceasefire deal by attacking the other but insisted they were committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict