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Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan's peace

Feb. 21, 2019 5:04 AM EST

YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago. The evidence from numerous accounts that opposing sides are adding fighters to their ranks is a worrying sign that threatens the...

South Sudan rife with human rights abuses, says UN report

Feb. 20, 2019 7:49 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The "lawless" activities of South Sudan's national security and military intelligence risk turning the war-torn country into a police state run on fear and corruption, said the United Nations on Wednesday. The increasing securitization of the state threatens citizens' rights as the...

Sexual violence rampant in South Sudan's Unity area, says UN

Feb. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Brutal sexual violence committed with "pervasive impunity" and a level of "premeditation" persists in South Sudan's northern region, the United Nations said on Friday. At least 134 women and girls were raped, including some as young as eight, between September and December last...

UN agency cites refugee 'surge' from new South Sudan clashes

Feb. 12, 2019 7:51 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says 13,000 people have fled renewed fighting and violence in parts of South Sudan in recent days, many into neighboring Congo. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees cites a "surge" of arrivals into Congo's Ituri province since clashes erupted Jan. 19...

3 dead as Ethiopian helicopter crashes at UN compound

Feb. 9, 2019 2:22 PM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United Nations says three crew members are dead after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the U.N. peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border. The statement says 23 passengers were on board when the...

High-level detainee accuses Kenya, South Sudan of kidnapping

Feb. 6, 2019 4:56 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — "I was terrified ... I knew that I was heading for a terrible situation." For the first time, the spokesman for South Sudan's armed opposition leader has spoken out about his alleged kidnapping in neighboring Kenya, deportation to his home country and death sentence. James Gatdet...

UN envoy: Fighting in South Sudan 'has diminished greatly'

Feb. 5, 2019 8:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After five years of civil war, the U.N. envoy for South Sudan said Tuesday that fighting in the world's newest nation "has diminished greatly" since last September's peace agreement — and so has political fighting. David Shearer said at a news conference that he is encouraged...

Staggering Uganda wildlife bust worth some $3.5 million

Feb. 1, 2019 8:19 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Officials say a staggeringly large bust of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales in Uganda is worth $3.5 million. Uganda Revenue Authority spokesman Vincent Seruma told reporters on Friday that the intercepted shipment contained more than three tons of elephant tusks and nearly a...

Uganda seizes 750 pieces of ivory, arrests 2 Vietnamese

Jan. 31, 2019 10:50 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighboring South Sudan, the revenue agency said Thursday, in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the East African country. Two Vietnamese nationals are in...

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace

Jan. 26, 2019 10:09 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone to leave," he said. The 33-year-old is among...