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South Sudanese refugees need $1.4 bn this year: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.

Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba

Juba - Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he'd never had any intention of rebelling."If I want to rebel I can rebel here (in Juba).....

President seeks to assert South Sudan authority after sacking army chief

Juba - South Sudan's president insisted Friday that the security situation was "normal" and that people had no reason to worry, three days after dismissing powerful army chief Paul Malong.

South Sudan president sacks controversial army chief

Juba - South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked his powerful, hardline army chief Paul Malong on Tuesday, a government spokesman said.

S. Sudan 'man-made' famine could kill 6 million, charity warns

Durban - The famine ravaging South Sudan and its neighbours could claim six million lives, a charity warned Friday, as the international community struggles to raise the $4.4 billion needed to avert a full-blown disaster.

UN calls for halt to South Sudan fighting

New York - The United Nations on Saturday called for a halt to fighting in South Sudan after the government launched a new offensive earlier this week.

South Sudan forces launch new offensive: UN

New York - South Sudanese government forces on Wednesday launched an offensive on a town in the north, displacing civilians who may be headed toward the border with Sudan, the UN envoy said.

South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy

Site - Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town."Business is not good.

South Sudan ex-rebels release UN hostages in DR Congo

New York - South Sudanese former rebels on Tuesday released 16 UN staff after holding them hostage for several hours in a camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN official said.

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

Juba - A surge of fighting in eastern South Sudan has forced 60 aid workers to flee, the UN humanitarian agency said Saturday, hurting efforts to help civilians in the famine-hit nation.

UK says South Sudan violence amounts to 'genocide'

Entebbe - Targeted killings of specific ethnic groups in South Sudan's civil war amount to "genocide", according to Britain's International Development Minister Priti Patel.

In Pajok, South Sudan: 'We buried Jacob, Paul and Amos'

Lira - In the no man's land between South Sudan and Uganda wind lashes though scrubland, whipping hot dust into the eyes of David Otong Oroma and his sister as they struggle to push their heavily laden motorbike over the border.

Hungry S.Sudanese 'eat leaves and seeds to survive'

Nairobi - South Sudanese villagers are eating leaves from trees and precious seed stocks as food runs out in areas where famine has not been declared, a humanitarian aid group said Monday.

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.
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