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S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council voiced alarm about the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in South Sudan, with the United States, Britain and France raising anew the idea of sanctions and a weapons embargo.

Plane crash-lands in S.Sudan with 45 onboard: officials

Juba - A passenger jet carrying 45 people crash-landed in South Sudan's northwestern city of Wau on Monday, leaving at least 14 people injured, government and airport officials said.It was unclear however if the rest of the those on board were alive or dead.

South Sudan 'to profit' from crisis with $10,000 visas: aid groups

Juba - International aid agencies on Saturday slammed South Sudan's decision to raise foreign worker visa fees to as much as $10,000 (9,300 euros), warning it would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: UN

New York - The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in four countries.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

Thar Jath - Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food.

Bashir orders full aid access to S. Sudan famine areas

Khartoum - President Omar al-Bashir has ordered Sudanese authorities to assist the delivery of international humanitarian aid to famine-hit South Sudan through the country, an official said Thursday.

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

New York - UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

S. Sudan president vows aid access to famine-hit areas

Juba - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir vowed Tuesday that government would ensure aid could reach areas hit by famine after three years of war that has restricted access for humanitarian workers.

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

New York - Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday.

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Juba - South Sudan on Monday declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups called a "man-made" tragedy.

S. Sudan minister quits, rejoins Machar's rebels

Juba - South Sudan's labour minister resigned Friday and declared allegiance to rebel leader Riek Machar, making him the second top official to quit in the war-torn country this week.

South Sudan war reaches 'catastrophic proportions': UN report

New York - A confidential UN report is warning that the war in South Sudan has reached "catastrophic proportions for civilians" and the rise of militias risks spinning out of control, fueling fighting for years to come.

More than 52,000 flee South Sudan fighting in one month: UN

New York - More than 52,000 South Sudanese fled to Uganda in January alone as continued fighting risks creating a situation of mass atrocities, the UN's special adviser on genocide prevention said Tuesday.

Delays, dispute hamper plans for UN regional force for South Sudan

New York - Plans to deploy a UN regional force in South Sudan are bogged down in delays over visas, the allocation of land for bases and a dispute over protecting Juba airport, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

UN Security Council rejects arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday rejected a US-drafted resolution on imposing an arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan amid divisions over how to pressure leaders to end the three-year war.

US to seek UN Security Council vote on South Sudan arms embargo

New York - The United States will ask the UN Security Council to vote soon on imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan, the US ambassador said Monday."It's extremely important to vote this by the end of the year," said US Ambassador Samantha Power.

Peace elusive as South Sudan marks three years of war

Juba - Despite a brief truce, hopes for peace have crumbled in South Sudan as its civil war hits the three-year mark with ethnic violence only getting worse and no end in sight.

UN rights council calls special S.Sudan session next week

Geneva - The UN human rights council said Friday it will hold a special session on war-ravaged South Sudan next week, following a request from 40 nations led by the United States.

Ethnic killings rampant in once-placid South Sudan town

Site - Isaac waited as soldiers came to take away his cellmates, one by one, fearing the worst as the uniformed men returned alone and spattered in blood.

UN rights team says 'ethnic cleansing' under way in S.Sudan

Juba - UN human rights experts on Thursday said "ethnic cleansing" was under way in South Sudan after visiting the country where violence has soared since a peace deal collapsed in July.

South Sudan government agrees to deploy regional force, again

Juba - The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba after months of hesitation, a spokesman said.

US seeks sanctions against South Sudan rebel leader, army chief

New York - The United States on Friday proposed that South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar as well as the army chief and information minister face UN sanctions for their role in fueling violence in the war-torn country.

US seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan

New York - The United States on Thursday launched a bid at the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following UN warnings that the war-torn country could descend into genocide.

Torn between army and rebels, S.Sudan refugees speak out

Lira - South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have described being forced to flee soaring ethnic violence at the hands of the South Sudanese army while avoiding forced conscription into rebel forces.

UN warns of mass atrocities in South Sudan

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning of a "very real risk of mass atrocities" in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath.
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