VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are "mature."
Francis told a visiting nun from Juba on Friday he...
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Ethiopia says regional ministers have approved a six-month extension of the looming deadline for South Sudan's rival leaders to form a unity government.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's once-warring parties on Friday agreed to delay key next steps in a fragile peace deal by six months after the main opposition warned it might walk...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan's National Security Service has been operating outside the law and poses "a significant threat" to last September's fragile peace agreement,...
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government is paying a U.S.-based lobby firm $3.7 million to improve its relationship with the Trump administration and to block a path to justice for...
KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of...
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a...
Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan visit
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Mia Farrow will never forget the day she watched a baby die in her mother's arms.
"It was a little girl staring at her mother and finally she just stopped breathing....
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan's main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at...
Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests
BEIRUT (AP) — He was the world's only sitting head of state wanted for genocide. He lost a third of his country, a quarter of its population and most of its oil resources when South Sudan broke...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has invited South Sudan's president and opposition leader for a two-day spiritual retreat meant to foster peace and build confidence in a fragile peace deal after...
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is still waiting for permission to travel to a peace retreat at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a Tuesday letter seen by...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Sudan's president and opposition leader are expected to travel to the Vatican next week for what the Holy See says is a "spiritual retreat" and opposition officials say...
7 in South Sudan charged with sabotage and insurgency
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Seven people including South Sudanese academic and activist, Peter Biar Ajak, were charged in court Monday with sabotage, insurgency and possession of weapons for...
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's committee overseeing the fragile transition from civil war has approved almost $185 million in spending on vehicles, food and home renovations while the...
South Sudanese hopeful after president meets with pope
YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese people are hoping President Salva Kiir's meeting with Pope Francis will bring greater stability to their country amid rising concerns that its fragile...
Pope still hopes to visit South Sudan to promote peace
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the country "as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for...
Russia and US spar over South Sudan peace agreement
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a vote of 14-0 on Friday with Russia abstaining to protest the resolution's...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for South Sudan on Friday urged all parties to the country's September peace agreement to maintain momentum to end a five-year conflict, warning that if peace...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is encouraged that a cease-fire in South Sudan is largely holding and violence among signatories to September's peace agreement has...
South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five months into South Sudan's fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme...
Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan’s peace
YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago.
South Sudan rife with human rights abuses, says UN report
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The "lawless" activities of South Sudan's national security and military intelligence risk turning the war-torn country into a police state run on fear and corruption,...
Sexual violence rampant in South Sudan’s Unity area, says UN
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Brutal sexual violence committed with "pervasive impunity" and a level of "premeditation" persists in South Sudan's northern region, the United Nations said on Friday.
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UN agency cites refugee ‘surge’ from new South Sudan clashes
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says 13,000 people have fled renewed fighting and violence in parts of South Sudan in recent days, many into neighboring Congo.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees cites a "surge" of arrivals into Congo's Ituri province since clashes erupted Jan. 19 between the South Sudanese army and a rebel group, the National Salvation Front.
3 dead as Ethiopian helicopter crashes at UN compound
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United Nations says three crew members are dead after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the U.N. peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border.
The statement says 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed Saturday morning while carrying Ethiopian soldiers. Ten passengers are injured, three in critical condition.
The U.N. force says the cause of the crash is not immediately known.
High-level detainee accuses Kenya, South Sudan of kidnapping
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — "I was terrified ... I knew that I was heading for a terrible situation." For the first time, the spokesman for South Sudan's armed opposition leader has spoken out about his alleged kidnapping in neighboring Kenya, deportation to his home country and death sentence.
UN envoy: Fighting in South Sudan ‘has diminished greatly’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After five years of civil war, the U.N. envoy for South Sudan said Tuesday that fighting in the world's newest nation "has diminished greatly" since last September's peace agreement — and so has political fighting.
David Shearer said at a news conference that he is encouraged by "a number of positive things."
Staggering Uganda wildlife bust worth some $3.5 million
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Officials say a staggeringly large bust of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales in Uganda is worth $3.5 million.
Uganda Revenue Authority spokesman Vincent Seruma told reporters on Friday that the intercepted shipment contained more than three tons of elephant tusks and nearly a half-ton of pangolin scales.
He calls this one of Uganda's biggest such busts of illegal wildlife products.
Two Vietnamese nationals are being questioned in custody.
Uganda seizes 750 pieces of ivory, arrests 2 Vietnamese
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighboring South Sudan, the revenue agency said Thursday, in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the East African country.
Two Vietnamese nationals are in custody over the contraband that had been concealed inside pieces of timber carried by three freight containers, the Uganda Revenue Authority said.
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.
Ugandan troops enter South Sudan in possible violation
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Observers say a number of Ugandan forces briefly entered South Sudan's Central Equatoria region last week in a possible violation of a United Nations arms embargo.
South Sudan pursues fragile peace, but people remain wary
KAJO KEJI, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flipped through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers.
"Soldiers are not supposed to kill someone who's not an enemy," he said. "And if a civilian is walking with a goat it doesn't mean you can steal it just because you have a gun."
South Sudan security forces strip, rob peace deal monitors
TORONTO (AP) — South Sudan's National Security Service forced several officials assessing the country's new peace deal to strip and face "inhuman" treatment, an international monitoring group said in an internal report.
Four East African monitors were blindfolded, bound, kicked and robbed of money and a wedding ring on Tuesday, said an internal report seen by The Associated Press from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.
UN: South Sudan still fragile but there’s a chance for peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.
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.
US sanctions 3 over activities in South Sudan’s civil war
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Friday it has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan's five-year civil war, saying it will continue to target those who "profit off the misery and suffering of the South Sudanese people."
South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as ‘very high risk’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola vaccinations soon will begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak based in neighboring Congo.
A statement says South Sudan's health ministry will begin vaccinating some health workers and other frontline workers in the capital, Juba, on Dec. 19.
At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’
NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns.
UN: Over 150 sexual violence cases in South Sudan in 12 days
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 150 women and girls have sought treatment in the past 12 days for rape and other acts of sexual violence near Bentiu, the second-largest city in South Sudan, U.N. officials said Monday.
A joint statement from the U.N. humanitarian chief and the heads of the U.N. children's agency and the U.N. population agency condemned the "abhorrent attacks."
They said that "the assailants have been described as armed men, many in uniform."
125 women, girls raped, whipped and clubbed in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One hundred and twenty-five women and girls have been raped, whipped and clubbed in attacks so shocking that some aid workers in South Sudan say they are left speechless.
UN experts: South Sudan beset by ‘alarming’ sexual violence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan is beset by "alarming levels" of sexual and gender-based violence and a desperate humanitarian situation, including severe food shortages, as it attempts to implement the latest peace agreement in a climate of "deep distrust," U.N. experts said.
Tense 1st meeting of South Sudan armed leaders since peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Stepping out of a helicopter last week, South Sudan armed opposition commander Ashab Khamis came face-to-face with his rival in a crushing five-year civil war, army Gen. Keer Kiir Keer.
The meeting, witnessed by The Associated Press, was their first attempt at reconciliation since the conflict began and a crucial test of a new peace agreement ending a war that has killed nearly 400,000 people.
UN says millions misspent on Africa’s biggest refugee crisis
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency has misspent millions of dollars on Africa's largest refugee crisis, including paying $320,000 for what became a parking lot at the Ugandan prime minister's office, an internal inquiry says.
Uganda diverted weapons to South Sudan despite arms embargo
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A key broker of the latest deal to end South Sudan's civil war diverted European weapons to South Sudan's military despite an EU arms embargo, a new report says. It also asks how a U.S. military jet ended up deployed in South Sudan in possible violation of arms export controls.
In South Sudan, a new approach in ending child soldiers’ use
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — After coming face to face with "unpredictable" gun-waving children almost 25 years ago, the former commander of the failed U.N. peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide dedicated his life to eliminating the use of children as weapons of war.