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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

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Blame for mass rapes points to South Sudan army – U.N. report

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

'Collected evidence seems to suggest that the perpetrators of rapes in the Bentiu area are men who have the opportunity to come and go at ease within [Sudanese People's Liberation Army],' the report says

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

South Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention – watchdog

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:51 PM

That would leave Israel, Egypt and North Korea as the only countries yet to join the arms treaty which came into force in 1997

CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION. This file photo shows the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. File photo from Wikipedia

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

U.S. reporter killed covering South Sudan clashes

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The American citizen was killed with 18 others when clashes broke out in Kaya between insurgent troops and government forces

UN calls on South Sudan to stop impeding its peacekeepers

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Egypt s envoy to the world body Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta says that UN Security Council members have also asked all parties to the conflict to put a halt to offensive operations

On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:34 PM

UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict violence and persecution

IDP. Disoma conducts Protection Monitoring at an evacuation camp in Balo-I, Lanao del Norte

Contaminated vaccines kill 15 children in South Sudan

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 PM

During the vaccination of 300 people in Kapoeta local officials failed to follow guidelines storing the vaccine unrefrigerated for 4 days and using a single syringe for the entire campaign a probe into the deaths shows

60 aid workers forced to flee South Sudan fighting – UN

Apr 15, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The outbreak of violence in the eastern Jonglei region comes after fierce clashes in southern Pajok and western Wau in the past 2 weeks

UK says South Sudan violence amounts to 'genocide'

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:23 PM

South Sudan s Information Minister Michael Makuei slams International Development Minister Priti Patel s comments as unfortunate and misleading

CIVIL WAR. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Akki Adduok, a displaced woman residing in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan, sitting in the spot where her shelter used to be. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Sudan opens 'humanitarian corridor' for famine-hit South Sudan

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:45 PM

100 000 people face starvation and another million are on the brink of famine in the world s youngest nation

DIRE CONDITIONS. A family from the Dinka community eats lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, South Sudan, February 26, 2016. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Plane crash-lands in South Sudan with 45 onboard

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED Images circulating on social media show thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft which was completely burned out except for the tail clearly bearing the insignia of local carrier South Supreme Airlines

South Sudan buys weapons during famine – UN report

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The report obtained by Agence France Presse calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure that has been backed by the United States but was rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December

DIRE CONDITIONS. A family from the Dinka community eats lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, South Sudan, February 26, 2016. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – UN

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UN s humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien calls for an urgent mobilization of funds for northeastern Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen to avert a catastrophe

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

1.4 million children face famine in 4 countries – UNICEF

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

These children in Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen could die from severe malnutrition this year

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, assisting at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Tom Hiddleston criticized for Golden Globes speech on South Sudan

Jan 09, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Memes of the audience s reactions go viral on social media

TOM HIDDLESTON. The actor's Golden Globes speech on South Sudan is criticized online. Photo by Robyn Beck/ AFP Photo

U.S. seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Britain and France back the proposed arms embargo but Russia reaffirms its opposition and China expresses reservations

ARMS EMBARGO? Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers stand on a pick up truck on their way to the river side to ride on a boat on the Nile, as they head to Alole, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016. File photo by Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP

UN says 145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Freed children are disarmed given civilian clothes and drafted into a reintegration program They receive counselling and efforts are made to trace their families

UN demands South Sudan cooperate on regional force

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:37 AM

The UN Security Council urges South Sudan s government to take immediate steps to allow a new regional force to deploy in Juba as it weighs imposing an arms embargo

The UNPOL and Military components of the UNMISS conduct a sweep for weapons and contraband in the Protection of Civilian site 3 neighboring the UN base, Jebel area, Juba. UN Photo

South Sudan leaders profit from deadly war – report

Sep 13, 2016 - 9:37 AM

South Sudan s warring leaders and their cronies have amassed fortunes while prosecuting a murderous conflict a watchdog group which counts George Clooney as a founder says in a report

Actor and activist George Clooney answers questions during a press conference about corruption in South Sudan at National Press Club September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/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

S. Sudan new VP to visit Khartoum

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Taban Deng Gai s first visit to Sudan comes just weeks after he replaced former rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president

NEW VP. Newly appointed South Sudan First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai (C) speaks during a press conference on August 17, 2016 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP

Filipino aid worker remembers ordeal in South Sudan attack

Aug 20, 2016 - 11:00 AM

During the 4 hour rampage by South Sudanese troops at the Hotel Terrain in July Giano Libot along with other international humanitarian workers witnessed a colleague killed by the soldiers

UNDER THE BED. This is the view of Filipino aid worker Giano Libot when he hid under the bed as South Sudanese troops attacked their safe house. Photo from Giano Libot

UN launches probe of South Sudan violence

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:14 AM

The United Nations launches a probe of a hotel attack in South Sudan in which soldiers raped women and assaulted aid workers while UN peacekeepers allegedly failed to act

Peacekeepers of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) patrol the area around the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel in Juba, South Sudan, July 15, 2016. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

UN inquiry finds peacekeepers failed to defend South Sudan base

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:44 AM

A UN board says that the peacekeepers on guard duty found themselves unable to stop the intruders and abandoned their positions

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 refugee Olympians run for glory of lost home

Jul 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The refugee team was selected by the IOC in June to compete under the Olympic flag as the world struggles with its biggest migrant crisis since World War II

READY TO COMPETE. South Sudanese refugees living in Kenya arrive at the International Airport Antonio Carlos Jobim airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 29, 2016. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP

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

South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:14 AM

South Sudan is just one of the crises shaking the continent that African leaders will address during the summit

Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's (AU) economic development program New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on July 16, 2016 at the Kigali Convention Center during the 27th AU Summit. Cyril Ndegeya/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

At least 36,000 people displaced by S.Sudan violence since Friday – UN

Jul 12, 2016 - 7:03 PM

The violence raises fears of a return to civil war that broke out in December 2013

SOUTH SUDAN VIOLENCE. A handout photograph released on July 12, 2016 by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) showing civilians taking refuge at UN House headquarters during the initial clashes in Juba, South Sudan, July 8, 2016. Photo by Eric Kanalstein/EPA

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

Heavy fighting erupts in South Sudan capital

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED The clashes between former rebels and government soldiers force thousands of residents to flee

epa05418546 (FILE) 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. Reports on 10 July 2016 said hundreds were killed in two days of renewed fighting between supporters of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar. The UN Security Council condemned the fighting that erupted in Juba, the worst violence since a peace deal was signed in 2015 and forming the national unity government in April this year. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

150 killed as South Sudan marks independence anniversary

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:44 PM

UPDATED Tensions rise after the shootout between the bodyguards of President Salva Kiir and rebel leader turned Vice President Riek Machar

BEFORE THE SHOOTING. First Vice President Riek Machar (left) delivers a speech to journalists next to South Sudan President Salva Kiir (center) and Vice President James Wani Igga (right) prior to the shooting outside the presidential palace in Juba on July 8. Photo by Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP

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