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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...

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...

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

Sep. 19, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty...

UN condemns 'direct attack' on peacekeepers in South Sudan

Sep. 15, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The United Nations condemned a "direct attack" on its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after a government soldier shot and wounded a Nepalese peacekeeper on Saturday. The shooting came three days after South Sudan's rival sides signed a peace deal to end the five-year civil war...