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Ugandan troops enter South Sudan in possible violation

Jan. 22, 2019 6:12 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Observers say a number of Ugandan forces briefly entered South Sudan's Central Equatoria region last week in a possible violation of a United Nations arms embargo. Ugandan military spokesman Richard Karemire told The Associated Press that Ugandan forces entered under "a bilateral...

South Sudan pursues fragile peace, but people remain wary

Jan. 15, 2019 4:09 AM EST

KAJO KEJI, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flipped through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers. "Soldiers are not supposed to kill someone who's not an enemy," he said. "And if a civilian is walking with a goat it...

Africa in 2018: An extraordinary peace blooms amid crises

Dec. 22, 2018 1:52 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As the roar of "strongman" politics rose in 2018, extraordinary developments in Africa offered an alternative to the noise. Millions watched, astounded, as one of the world's most reclusive leaders accepted a reformist's peace offer, bringing a two-decade conflict to a close. Not all...

UN: South Sudan still fragile but there's a chance for peace

Dec. 18, 2018 6:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago. But Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the U.N. Security Council that...

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

Dec. 15, 2018 4:12 AM EST

BENTIU, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future. Seated at a restaurant in Bentiu town, the 29-year-old teacher said life has started to change "with peace." He is opening a printing shop...

UN: Over 150 sexual violence cases in South Sudan in 12 days

Dec. 3, 2018 10:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 150 women and girls have sought treatment in the past 12 days for rape and other acts of sexual violence near Bentiu, the second-largest city in South Sudan, U.N. officials said Monday. A joint statement from the U.N. humanitarian chief and the heads of the U.N. children's...

UN experts: South Sudan beset by 'alarming' sexual violence

Nov. 30, 2018 5:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan is beset by "alarming levels" of sexual and gender-based violence and a desperate humanitarian situation, including severe food shortages, as it attempts to implement the latest peace agreement in a climate of "deep distrust," U.N. experts said. The panel of experts said...

Uganda diverted weapons to South Sudan despite arms embargo

Nov. 29, 2018 10:10 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A key broker of the latest deal to end South Sudan's civil war diverted European weapons to South Sudan's military despite an EU arms embargo, a new report says. It also asks how a U.S. military jet ended up deployed in South Sudan in possible violation of arms export controls. The...

In South Sudan, a new approach in ending child soldiers' use

Nov. 25, 2018 4:34 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — After coming face to face with "unpredictable" gun-waving children almost 25 years ago, the former commander of the failed U.N. peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide dedicated his life to eliminating the use of children as weapons of war. In an interview with The...