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South Sudan again delays its 1st election, until late 2024

Aug. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Parties to the peace deal ending South Sudan’s devastating civil war have again delayed the country's first elections since independence by extending the transitional period by two years. The vote meant for early next year has been pushed to December 2024. ...

Explosion of violence in South Sudan threatens peace pact

Jul. 18, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An explosion of violence in South Sudan is raising fears that the country's fragile peace agreement will unravel before elections the international community hopes can be held next year. The wave of near-daily killings across this East African country is...

South Sudan suspends dredging of Naam river, Sudd wetlands

Jul. 12, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president ordered the suspension Saturday of all dredging-related activities in the country until evidence-based studies are carried out on their impact on surrounding communities and the ecosystems they rely on. Salva Kiir Mayardit's...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity

Jul. 02, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan on Saturday to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he had planned to begin a weeklong pilgrimage to the two African...

UN rep in South Sudan urges authorities to prepare for polls

Jun. 30, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country's transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining...

Pope cancels trip to Congo and South Sudan due to bad knee

Jun. 10, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled a planned July trip to Africa on doctors' orders because of knee problems, the Vatican said Friday, dashing hopes of the faithful there and raising further questions about the health and mobility of the 85-year-old pontiff. The Vatican said...

UN votes narrowly to extend arms embargo on South Sudan

May. 26, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted by a narrow margin Thursday to extend an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals for a year. For a resolution to be approved by the 15-member council, it needs at least nine...