Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says.
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.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan government troops and allied fighters killed at least 232 civilians in a five-week period this year, hanging some people from trees and burning others alive, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
The report is the latest snapshot of the widespread atrocities committed in the world's youngest nation over its five-year civil war. It says the "deliberate, ruthless" attacks may amount to war crimes.
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.
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.
US slaps arms embargo on South Sudan, urges UN to do same
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a U.S. arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same.
1st violations reported of South Sudan’s new cease-fire
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Sunday accused government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect.
A statement by opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said government troops have been "bombarding" opposition positions in Yei county and launched an attack in Koch county Sunday morning that opposition forces "repulsed."
As US weighs lifting Sudan sanctions, South Sudan a concern
WADAKONA, South Sudan (AP) — As the United States considers lifting sanctions on Sudan, one of the most sensitive issues is on display in these tense borderlands: weapons. South Sudan's government accuses its neighbor of supplying arms to rebels fighting its bloody civil war.
WAU, South Sudan (AP) — "He told me not to be afraid," Evelyn Juma says, remembering her husband. Tears stream down the young woman's face as she sits on her unmade bed, her newborn nursing at her chest. "That's the last thing he ever said to me."
On the morning of April 10, when South Sudan government soldiers broke into Juma's house in the northwestern town of Wau, the 24-year-old never dreamed it would be the last time she'd see her husband alive.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year and brutally raped girls and women in front of their families amid growing ethnic violence in the country's civil war, a new United Nations report said Friday.
Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.
Confidential UN report details South Sudan threats, violence
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. ambulance carried an urgent patient: a local woman in labor. South Sudan government soldiers stopped the ambulance 15 times at checkpoints in the capital, Juba. The Aug. 2 journey, which usually takes 15 minutes, lasted nearly two hours.
South Sudan rebel leader says president wants ‘ethnic state’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's rebel leader on Monday accused President Salva Kiir of wanting to turn the country into an "ethnic state" for his Dinka group.
Riek Machar's statement, obtained by The Associated Press, accuses the government of pushing ethnic groups into fighting.
Machar is Nuer. The civil war that erupted in December 2013 between supporters of Kiir and Machar has long shown ethnic tensions.
South Sudan government spokesmen did not immediately comment.
South Sudan government recruited child soldiers, UN says
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government has recruited child soldiers in the past week to prepare for a renewed conflict, according to an internal United Nations document obtained by The Associated Press.
The document says a senior politician appointed by President Salva Kiir led the recruitment of an entire village of boys using intimidation. Some were as young as 12 years old. It was not clear how many children were involved.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government on Wednesday organized a protest against the deployment of foreign troops to secure its capital after recent clashes between opposing army factions left hundreds dead.
The African Union this week called for a "regional protection force" to bolster a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the East African country and separate warring parties. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported reinforcing the...