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In starving South Sudan, peace is no guarantee of a meal

Rumbek - The villagers hear the distant roar of jet engines before a cargo plane makes a deafening pass over Mogok, dropping sacks of grain from its hold to the marooned dust bowl below.There is no other way to get food to this starving hamlet in South Sudan.

S.Sudan rebel leader Machar sworn in as vice president

Juba - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, formally rejoining the government in the latest bid to bring peace to a nation ravaged by war.

S.Sudan rebel leader appointed vice president

Juba - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, after the two men finally agreed to form a long-delayed unity government -- a crucial step towards ending six years of war.

S.Sudan's warring leaders to form long-delayed unity government

Juba - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending more than six years of war.

S.Sudan rebels reject president's peace compromise

Juba - South Sudan rebels rejected on Sunday a government peace offer to return to a system of 10 states, dashing hopes of ending a six-year war that has left 380,000 dead.

S.Sudan rebels reject president's peace compromise

Juba - South Sudan rebels rejected on Sunday a peace offer by President Salva Kiir to return to a system of 10 states, paving the way for a unity government.

Lack of food pushes S.Sudan opposition troops to desert training camps

Rumbek - Hundreds of South Sudan opposition fighters are leaving cantonment sites set up to register and train them under a deal to end the country's war, claiming lack of food and medical supplies, authorities say.

Sudan PM Hamdok arrives in Juba on first official trip

Juba - Sudan's new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, arrived in South Sudan on Thursday on his first official visit since becoming premier, declaring "the sky is the limit" for ties between the former foes.

S.Sudan rebel leader to meet president in Juba: sources

Juba - South Sudan's exiled rebel leader Riek Machar is expected to make his first visit to Juba in a year for talks Monday with President Salva Kiir, government and opposition sources told AFP.

Sudan generals, protest leaders, meet rebel chiefs in S.Sudan

Juba - Sudanese generals and protest leaders, who signed a power-sharing agreement, held preliminary talks with rebel groups in neighbouring South Sudan Saturday as part of ongoing peace efforts.

S.Sudan sees record hunger levels, despite peace deal

Juba - A record number of almost seven million people are facing severe hunger in South Sudan, despite a peace agreement which has largely stopped fighting after more than five years of war, UN agencies warned Friday.

South Sudan court jails economist for two years for espionage

Juba - A South Sudanese court on Tuesday jailed a Harvard-educated economist for two years for spying after he gave interviews to foreign media, in a case that has attracted international criticism.

South Sudan says renewing arms embargo is 'anti-peace'

Juba - The UN Security Council's decision to renew an arms embargo on South Sudan was "anti-peace" and will weaken the government's fight against rebels, a senior minister told AFP on Friday.

Kiir urges rival Machar to return to South Sudan

Juba - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Tuesday urged rebel chief Riek Machar to return to Juba during a speech to parliament in which he vowed to uphold a shaky peace deal.

In South Sudan, illness is as deadly as war

Rumbek - By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.

South Sudan opposition urges delay to unity government

Juba - South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.

Chess, the war game building bridges in South Sudan

Juba - The scorching sun is finally beginning to dip on a late Saturday afternoon in Juba, where a small group gathers to watch a tense battle between two of their best men.

South Sudan peace deal breaking up, church warns

Juba - South Sudan's Catholic church warned Thursday that a six-month-old deal to quell the country's brutal war was falling apart and that all sides were gearing for fresh fighting.

Hunger worsens in South Sudan despite peace deal: UN

Juba - Tens of thousands face starvation in South Sudan, aid agencies warned Friday, as fighting continues despite a peace deal signed six months ago meant to end civil war.

South Sudan rebel leader Machar back in Juba after two years

Juba - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time in more than two years Wednesday for a ceremony to welcome the latest peace accord for the war-ravaged country.
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