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UN ratchets up sanctions threat on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday gave South Sudan's warring sides a month to reach a peace deal or face possible sanctions.A resolution drafted by the United States narrowly won backing in the 15-member council, picking up nine votes.

UN sees 'serious threat' in region disputed by Sudans

New York - The United Nations Security Council warned Tuesday the lack of progress in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan was a grave threat to international security.

Living across the front lines in South Sudan

Thar Jath - Nyakol was 15, healthy and strong when South Sudanese soldiers attacked her hometown of Leer, forcing her to flee with her mother into the surrounding swamps.

S.Sudanese flee only to find unrest across the border​

Obo - Refugees seeking safety from the atrocities of South Sudan's unending conflict cross the border only to find themselves in one of Africa's most war-torn and poorest countries.

UN renews S. Sudan mission, with arms embargo threat

New York - The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday renewing for a year its peace mission in South Sudan, while also threatening to later impose an arms embargo if necessary.

UN set to threaten arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to adopt on Thursday a US-drafted resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against those blocking efforts to end one of Africa's worst wars.

UN in talks with S. Sudan to keep radio station open

New York - The United Nations on Friday was in talks with South Sudan's government after it ordered a UN radio broadcaster be shut down.

US pushes UN to consider arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to take "all appropriate measures" against those blocking peace efforts.

UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

Juba - A UN rights commission in South Sudan said Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Former S.African soldier sentenced to death in S.Sudan

Juba - A former South African soldier was sentenced to death in South Sudan on Friday for attempting to overthrow the government.

UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

Juba - A UN rights commission in South Sudan said Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

S.Sudan told to end 'nightmare' of war as new peace talks open

Addis Ababa - Another round of South Sudan peace talks began in Ethiopia on Monday, amid growing international impatience with the country's years-long war that has defied all efforts to end the conflict.

'Time has come' for S.Sudan sanctions: AU chief

Addis Ababa - African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat said Sunday that "the time has come" to slap sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, one of the most intractable wars facing African leaders as they meet in Ethiopia.

US calls for South Sudan arms embargo after failed truce

New York - The United States on Wednesday called for an international arms embargo to be imposed on South Sudan following the failure of the latest ceasefire aimed at ending the four-year war.

DRC steps up arrests of S.Sudan refugees to weed out rebels

- The Congolese army has stepped up arrests of South Sudanese refugees and tightened the border in a bid to block rebels from seeking sanctuary in its country, officials say.

South Sudan warring parties agree ceasefire: AU chair

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's government and several armed groups on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire from December 24, the latest push to end a devastating four year war in the country."This is an encouraging first step.

UN warns of cost if South Sudan stymies 'last chance' peace plan

New York - The UN Security Council warned Thursday of "cost and consequences" for any side in South Sudan that blocks a new regional peace initiative set to open next week in Ethiopia.

South Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

Juba - More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Over 60 killed in South Sudan cattle battles: officials

Juba - At least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in battles over livestock in South Sudan, local officials said Friday, the latest in a series of attacks between rival communities.

US threatens measures against South Sudan

New York - The United States on Tuesday threatened to take unspecified measures against South Sudan's government unless it moves to end the nearly four-year war and stop harassing UN peacekeepers and aid workers.

Pope prays for peace in South Sudan and DR Congo

Vatican City - Pope Francis led a special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where "war shows its most horrid face".

No letup in Juba standoff around ex-army chief's home

Juba - Troops remained deployed around the home of South Sudan's powerful former army chief Paul Malong on Sunday in a dispute over the fate of his 30 bodyguards, an army spokesman told AFP.

Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home

Juba - South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards.

Kiir accuses Sudan of being 'source of weapons' in South Sudan war

Khartoum - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday accused Sudan of being a "source of weapons" fuelling the brutal civil war in his country as he met leader Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum.

Haley rushed out of UN camp as South Sudan protesters turn up

Juba - US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday was quickly escorted out of a UN camp she was visiting in South Sudan when protesters angry with President Salva Kiir turned up, officials said.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

South Sudan forces 'assaulted' UN commander

New York - South Sudanese forces stopped a UN peacekeeping convoy at gunpoint and beat the unit's commander in the latest clash with peacekeepers in the war-wracked African country, a report obtained by AFP on Thursday said.

Haley in South Sudan will warn leaders on peace deal

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday she will tell South Sudan's leaders when she visits Juba next month to seize a final chance for peace and quickly revive a political deal to end the three-year war.

At least 25 dead in South Sudan oil state battle

Juba - An outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan's oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead, a state official said Tuesday.

Over one million S.Sudan refugees in Uganda: UN

Site - The number of South Sudanese who have fled to Uganda has hit one million, the UN said Thursday, with no end in sight to the war behind the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.
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