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South Sudan plans to build new capital in former game park

Nov. 15, 2018 6:23 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan is planning to construct a new state capital in a central location in what was a wildlife park, a move that officials say will make the seat of government more accessible to the people, the government said on Wednesday. "We're not supposed to have our capital near the...

South Sudan opposition leader returns as part of peace deal

Oct. 31, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time since fleeing South Sudan more than two years ago, opposition leader Riek Machar returned on Wednesday to take part in a nationwide peace celebration. "I came only to confirm to people that I am for peace. The past is gone. We have opened a new chapter for peace...

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar returns to capital as part of peace accord to end civil war

Oct. 31, 2018 5:01 AM EDT
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar returns to capital as part of peace accord to end civil war.

UN demands immediate halt to attacks in Ebola areas in Congo

Oct. 30, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called on armed groups jeopardizing the response to an Ebola outbreak in Congo to immediately halt their attacks, expressing "great concern" at the potential regional spread of the often deadly virus. A resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N.'s...

APNewsBreak: South Sudan rebel leader Machar to return

Oct. 30, 2018 3:07 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan armed opposition leader Riek Machar is coming home under the country's latest peace deal, more than two years after he fled on foot into exile, a spokesman said Tuesday. Lam Paul Gabriel told The Associated Press that Machar is returning to take part in a nationwide...

South Sudan peace deal bumpy as rebel leader doesn't return

Oct. 26, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — South Sudan's government is spending millions of dollars next week to celebrate a "final final" peace deal to end a five-year civil war. One problem: The rebel leader who agreed to share power is reluctant to come home. Riek Machar's hesitation amid security concerns is the latest...

In Africa, praise for Saudi Arabia reveals diplomatic dance

Oct. 24, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As shocking details in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi approached a crescendo, the war-torn nation of South Sudan this week issued a rare foreign ministry statement. It praised the Saudi position to defuse the crisis as "honorable" and assured the kingdom of its...

Trump refugee cuts slow resurgence of cities like Buffalo

Oct. 23, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When thousands of others fled the struggling Rust Belt city of Buffalo, refugees poured in to fill the void and invigorate the economy. Blighted blocks were tidied up by new arrivals from Iraq. Shops selling Ethiopian cuisine opened, and employers snapped up workers from Myanmar and...

Red Cross assists in key prisoner release in South Sudan

Oct. 19, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has assisted in the release of 24 people detained in relation to South Sudan's civil war, calling it the first release the organization has supervised since the latest peace deal was signed last month. An ICRC spokeswoman says they do...

Report: South Sudan armed opposition seized girls as 'wives'

Oct. 18, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition abducted women and girls as young as 12 and lined them up so commanders could choose "wives," and those not selected were left to be raped repeatedly by other fighters, a new U.N. report said Thursday. The report , based on victim and witness accounts,...