South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone to leave," he said.
South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously
BENTIU, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future.
Seated at a restaurant in Bentiu town, the 29-year-old teacher said life has started to change "with peace." He is opening a printing shop with the hope it will make enough money for him to leave a United Nations site where, like hundreds of thousands of others across the country, he has been sheltering for years.
South Sudan opposition leader returns as part of peace deal
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time since fleeing South Sudan more than two years ago, opposition leader Riek Machar returned on Wednesday to take part in a nationwide peace celebration.
APNewsBreak: South Sudan rebel leader Machar to return
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan armed opposition leader Riek Machar is coming home under the country's latest peace deal, more than two years after he fled on foot into exile, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Lam Paul Gabriel told The Associated Press that Machar is returning to take part in a nationwide peace celebration on Wednesday, leading a small delegation but not bringing his own security despite concerns for his safety.
South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn’t return
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's government is spending millions of dollars next week to celebrate a "final final" peace deal to end a five-year civil war. One problem: The rebel leader who agreed to share power is reluctant to come home.
Riek Machar's hesitation amid security concerns is the latest sign that one of Africa's deadliest conflicts might be merely on pause.
South Sudan government and rebels sign another peace deal
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring parties on Wednesday signed what they say is the final peace agreement to end the country's five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.
Several preliminary agreements have already been signed but both sides say this is the concluding version.
South Sudan’s opposition refuses to sign final peace deal
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition parties have rejected what was supposed to be the final version of the peace agreement with the government, threatening to destabilize an already fragile process.
South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds
NYAL, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government claims the shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn't helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month, according to video footage seen by The Associated Press.
UN gravely concerned at South Sudan’s ‘food security crisis’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expressing grave concern at the "food security crisis" in war-torn South Sudan.
The council said in a statement after closed-door briefings Friday that ongoing fighting in the country's five-year civil war "is one of the main direct causes" of food insecurity.
U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock mentioned possible famine in parts of South Sudan, according to a council diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president has granted amnesty to armed opposition leader Riek Machar and all rebel groups days after signing a power-sharing agreement in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war.
The South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation reported the announcement by President Salva Kiir.
UN urges South Sudanese to implement peace deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the warring parties in South Sudan to fully implement the latest peace deal to end the country's five-year civil war, noting the collapse of previous efforts.
Neighboring Sudan announced Sunday that South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and its former vice-president and rebel leader, Riek Machar, signed the agreement.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring parties signed a peace deal on Sunday in the latest attempt to end the country's five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.
President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President and rebel opposition leader, Riek Machar signed the agreement, said Sudan's state news agency, SUNA.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders have agreed to share power once again in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war, officials announced Wednesday, days after the United States said it was "skeptical" the two men whose rivalry has killed tens of thousands could lead the way to peace.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Sunday it is "deeply concerned" about South Sudan's peace process and "skeptical" that President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar can oversee an end to a five-year civil war.
The White House press secretary's statement comes amid rising international frustration as Kiir and Machar pursue a fragile new peace agreement. The proposed deal once again would make Machar Kiir's deputy — an arrangement that has erupted in deadly violence.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is set to vote Friday on a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against a current deputy defense chief and former army chief.
The final draft resolution, obtained Thursday, expresses "deep concern" at the failure of South Sudan's leaders to end hostilities and condemns "the continued and flagrant violation" of agreements to stop fighting.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has canceled Independence Day celebrations for the third year in a row as its devastating civil war grinds on.
Monday marks seven years since the country gained independence from Sudan, but five years of fighting have killed tens of thousands and shattered the economy.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of South Sudan's warring sides have agreed in principle on key issues for a possible accord to end the country's civil war, now in its fifth year.
According to a post on Facebook by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, he met with rebel leader Riek Machar in Uganda Saturday for 10 hours of negotiations mediated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Sudan's President Omer al-Bashir.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring sides have signed an agreement on security arrangements amid talks on a peace deal to end a five-year civil war, Sudan's official news agency reported Thursday.
The talks between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former deputy-turned-armed opposition leader Riek Machar in Khartoum, mediated by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the East African regional bloc, are a continuation of their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's government has proposed extending President Salva Kiir's term in office for another three years, which the armed opposition calls illegal as the two sides pursue a peace deal to end a five-year civil war.
Lawmaker Atem Garang said parliament has up to one month to approve the extension of Kiir's term until 2021, which is virtually guaranteed as the ruling party holds a majority of seats.
DUBLIN (AP) — South Sudan government troops violated the country's latest cease-fire just hours after it began at midnight, the armed opposition claimed Saturday, while a government spokesman accused the rebels of attacking instead.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A cease-fire began at midnight Saturday in South Sudan as a weary nation wondered whether this latest attempt to end a five-year civil war would hold.
President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar agreed on the "permanent" cease-fire on Wednesday in Sudan after their first face-to-face talks in almost two years. They had faced a possible U.N. arms embargo and sanctions if fighting didn't stop and a political deal wasn't reached by Saturday.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring parties on Wednesday agreed to a permanent cease-fire to take effect in 72 hours, as long-suffering citizens wondered whether this latest attempt at peace would fall apart as well.
South Sudan's government confirmed the deal was signed after face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in Sudan. The discussions followed their meeting last week in Ethiopia, their first in nearly two years.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir met again with rival Riek Machar on Monday in neighboring Sudan amid fragile efforts to end their country's five-year civil war, while the new U.S. ambassador to Juba told The Associated Press the U.S. is skeptical of the latest talks.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — East Africa's leaders say South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not welcome in their countries except to join peace talks on his country's five-year civil war.
A communique after heads of state and government met in neighboring Ethiopia says Machar should be free to leave South Africa, where he had been under house arrest, for "any country of his choice except the IGAD region."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.
"This is simply because we have had enough of him," government spokesman Michael Makuei said.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Thursday rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, shaking hands but making no public comments.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, the government of neighboring Ethiopia said Tuesday.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar were expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Tuesday evening, spokesman Meles Alem with Ethiopia's foreign ministry told The Associated Press.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — South Sudan's president and rebel leader have been invited to meet face-to-face next week for the first time in almost two years in an effort to end a five-year civil war.
An opposition statement on Wednesday welcomed the invitation by Ethiopia's prime minister for Riek Machar to meet with President Salva Kiir on June 20 and called it a "prudent and timely decision."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A regional bloc mediating South Sudan peace talks wants a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar by July as pressure grows to end a five-year civil war.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development's statement also decides to submit "punitive measures" against violators of December's failed cease-fire. The statement doesn't say who would be targeted. Sanctions need approval by the bloc's heads of state and government.
South Sudan sentences South African rebel adviser to death
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's special high court has sentenced a South African military veteran to execution by hanging.
Retired colonel William Endley, a former adviser to past Vice President Riek Machar, had been convicted on charges of conspiracy and attempting to overthrow the government.
His lawyer, Gar Adel Gar, calls the sentence a "mockery of justice" and says they plan to appeal it next week.
6 aid workers missing in South Sudan following clash
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Six aid workers are missing in South Sudan after clashes broke out Sunday evening between government and opposition soldiers near the northwestern town of Raga.
The government blames the opposition forces, known as IO, loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar for the abductions.
"This kind of behavior is unbecoming," said government spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, who demanded the release of the aid workers.
UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday of "costs or consequences" for South Sudan's government and opposition if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.
The council underlined in a presidential statement approved by all 15 members that "no party should set preconditions to participation" in the new peace process.
In Africa, US envoy Haley voices concern over South Sudan
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says her government will continue sending aid to South Sudan despite the stalling of a peace process to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands.
Nikki Haley spoke Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after meeting with Ethiopian and African Union leaders to discuss Africa's peace and security challenges.
UN says South Sudan ‘lukewarm’ about regional peace effort
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan's government has given only "a lukewarm response" to a regional effort to revive the 2015 peace agreement and end worsening violence in the world's newest nation, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the U.N. Security Council that opposition figures including the country's former vice president, Riek Machar, "all declared cautious support to the process."
South Sudan rebels recapture Pagak, their headquarters
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's rebel forces have reclaimed their stronghold of Pagak, less than a week after being pushed out of the town by government forces, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman for the opposition IO, told the Associated Press.
"We have always warned the government not to underestimate the SPLA IO," said Gabriel.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s food and agriculture agency warned Tuesday that conflict in South Sudan could undermine hopes of avoiding a new famine next year.
Around 100,000 people face starvation in South Sudan, where crop production has plummeted since 2013 as conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced 3.5 million people from their homes.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan is experiencing significant military action and a last push to position combatant forces because the rainy season has arrived and roads will soon become unpassable for about four months, the U.N. envoy for the conflict-wracked African country said Wednesday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose an arms embargo and additional sanctions on South Sudan to pressure the parties to end the civil war in the world's newest nation — but Russia and China remain opposed.
Two counties in South Sudan are already in the throes of famine and Haley warned the council that 5.5 million people — half the country's population — face "life-threatening hunger if nothing changes soon."
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese rebels say they have released three oil workers — two Indians and a Pakistani — after they were abducted and held for three weeks amid the country's civil war.
A statement by rebel leader Riek Machar says the men were released and the Indian and Pakistani embassies were notified.
India's ambassador to South Sudan, Srikumar Menon, told The Associated Press on Friday that "it's a big relief that it's over."
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition says it has abducted two Indian engineers and accused them of working with the government.
It was not clear when the abduction in oil-rich Upper Nile state occurred. The East African country has been devastated by three years of civil war, and its oil industry is a key source of income.
2 South Sudan opposition figures held in Kenya, lawyer says
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two South Sudanese men affiliated with the country's opposition have been detained by Kenyan authorities and are at risk of being deported back to Juba, according to their lawyer.
Eddy Orinda told The Associated Press that Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Esbon Idri "are being held by police pending deportation" and don't know why they are detained.
South Sudan’s Kiir says peace deal remains alive
CAIRO (AP) — South Sudan's president says a peace deal signed to end his country's civil war is alive and being implemented.
Speaking on Tuesday in Egypt's capital, Cairo, President Salva Kiir rejected attempts by unnamed parties to renegotiate the August 2015 deal. He said that he and his number two — First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai — were working "very closely" together. He said: "We are implementing the agreement."
UN chief warns of South Sudan genocide unless world acts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Monday that South Sudan will be heading toward genocide unless immediate action is taken to impose an arms embargo and pressure leaders of the world's newest nation to end hate speech, incitement and violence.
The U.N. chief said instability in South Sudan is threatening the region and he urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo, which would "diminish the capacity of all sides to wage war."
South Sudan rebel leader: Must inform S. Africa on movements
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he cannot leave his home in South Africa without first informing South African authorities.
Machar told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he can move freely, but "I am to inform them I want to go somewhere and they take me there."
He says this is for his protection. When asked if he is under house arrest, he referred the question to South African authorities, saying: "I am their guest, so you ask them."
Security Council extends South Sudan mandate by a day
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend its mandate in war-torn South Sudan by a day so its deeply divided members can try to reach agreement on a draft resolution extending the peacekeeping mission and addressing the crisis in the country.
The mission's mandate expired Thursday and the council voted unanimously to approve the daylong extension after disagreement over the latest U.S. draft.
South Africa says it is ‘taking care’ of rebel chief Machar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government says South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar remains in South Africa and that it is "taking care" of him.
South Africa's foreign ministry on Wednesday expressed concern about media reports that said Machar is under house arrest. The ministry says it is in constant contact with the government in South Sudan and regional nations about Machar's presence in South Africa.
US seeks sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, army chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on South Sudan's rebel leader, army chief of staff, and information minister for fueling conflict and obstructing peace in the world's newest nation.
Kenya deports South Sudan rebel official over Facebook post
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has forcibly deported a South Sudanese rebel spokesman and registered refugee back to his country over a Facebook posting, a family member and the United Nations said Friday, while colleagues feared for his life and the U.N. regretted that its efforts to stop his removal had failed.