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Vatican: Pope, Anglican head aim for joint South Sudan trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and Anglican leader Justin Welby intend to visit South Sudan together if a national unity transition government can be formed in next three months. The pontiff and Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, held talks at the Vatican Wednesday. The Vatican said...

US ‘gravely disappointed’ by South Sudan unity gov’t delay

Nov. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is “gravely disappointed” and will reevaluate its relationship with South Sudan over the failure of its rival leaders to form a coalition government according to the country’s fragile peace accord. President Salva Kiir and...

Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St. Peter's...

South Sudan rival leaders delay forming coalition government

Nov. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to postpone the formation of a coalition government for 100 days. The rival leaders were to have formed a unity government by Nov. 12, but after meeting in Uganda for six hours Thursday, they said that...

UN urges South Sudan warring parties to fulfill peace deal

Nov. 6, 2019 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on South Sudan's warring parties Wednesday to publicly reaffirm their commitment to fully implement a peace deal signed over a year ago that calls for a coalition government to be formed on Nov. 12. The U.N.'s most powerful body expressed concern in a...

South Sudan faces crisis in forming new coalition government

Nov. 4, 2019 4:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — War-torn South Sudan is "barreling toward a crisis" and could slide back into fighting, warned the International Crisis Group on Monday. The new report said the country's warring parties aren't ready to form a coalition government on November 12th, when opposition leader Riek Machar...

Sudanese protests demand answers over June crackdown deaths

Nov. 3, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Sudan's capital and across the country on Sunday, demanding the disbanding of the former ruling party that underpinned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's three decades in power. The demonstrations were organized by local groups linked with the...

Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

Nov. 1, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. The International Rescue Committee...

South Sudan expels AP journalist Sam Mednick

Oct. 31, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan's Media Authority has revoked the press accreditation of Canadian journalist Sam Mednick in response to a recent story she wrote for The Associated Press. The AP stands by Mednick and her story. The South Sudanese officials withdrew Mednick's accreditation for six months,...

South Sudan's former child soldiers struggle to move on

Oct. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he'd never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks about returning to the bush, six months after the United Nations secured his release. "Being asked to kill someone is the...