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South Sudan opposition seeks 6-month extension on peace deal

Apr. 21, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. Opposition deputy chairman Henry Odwar told The...

Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

Apr. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar...

In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds

Apr. 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan's main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth. "She died while holding my hand," said Aber Evaline, hanging her head. Her patient was one of more than 40 women who died in...

Sudan's upheaval brings fears for South Sudan's peace deal

Apr. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at peace after five years of civil war. Amid the laughter and applause on the streets of South Sudan's capital,...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders to encourage peace

Apr. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked...

South Sudan president, opposition leader to meet at Vatican

Apr. 10, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has invited South Sudan's president and opposition leader for a two-day spiritual retreat meant to foster peace and build confidence in a fragile peace deal after the country's five-year civil war. South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar was traveling Wednesday to the...

South Sudan opposition leader blocked from Vatican meeting

Apr. 9, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is still waiting for permission to travel to a peace retreat at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a Tuesday letter seen by The Associated Press. The letter written by Machar to the East African regional bloc, which must give him...

S Sudan president, opposition to meet at Vatican 'retreat'

Apr. 3, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Sudan's president and opposition leader are expected to travel to the Vatican next week for what the Holy See says is a "spiritual retreat" and opposition officials say is an effort to help implement the country's peace deal. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti confirmed the...

South Sudan spends millions on cars, homes instead of peace

Mar. 21, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's committee overseeing the fragile transition from civil war has approved almost $185 million in spending on vehicles, food and home renovations while the country's peace deal suffers from an alleged lack of funds, according to internal documents seen by The Associated...

Russia and US spar over South Sudan peace agreement

Mar. 15, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a vote of 14-0 on Friday with Russia abstaining to protest the resolution's failure to welcome September's peace agreement. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky's complaint was...