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UN warns up to 345 million people marching toward starvation

Sep. 15, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing “a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude,” with up to 345 million people marching toward starvation — and 70 million pushed closer to starvation by the war in Ukraine. David Beasley,...

Pope studying Bahrain visit, looking at February for Africa

Sep. 15, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is studying a possible visit to Bahrain in November and said Thursday he is looking to reschedule his trip to South Sudan and Congo for February. Francis told reporters en route home from Kazakhstan that his strained knee ligaments still...

South Sudan declares disaster in flood-affected areas

Sep. 10, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has declared flood-affected parts of the country as national disaster areas and appealed for assistance. Friday’s appeal came after torrential rains in the Upper Nile and Bahr el-Ghazal regions. Information...

Fleeing civilians drown amid new attacks in South Sudan

Sep. 08, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Frantic civilians are drowning as they flee a new eruption in fighting in South Sudan and perhaps hundreds have died in the attacks, the United Nations said Thursday. “Initial reports describe unimaginable scenes of Adidiang (town) set ablaze,...

South Sudan in peace milestone graduates 1st unified forces

Aug. 30, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan has reached a milestone in its recovery from civil war, graduating its first group of unified armed forces from former rival groups on Tuesday. President Salva Kiir called on the more than 20,000 new troops and other forces to refrain from...

US: Africa can buy Russian grain but risks actions on oil

Aug. 04, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African nations are free to buy grain from Russia but could face consequences if they trade in U.S.-sanctioned commodities such as Russian oil, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday. “Countries can buy Russian agricultural products,...

South Sudan again delays its 1st election, until late 2024

Aug. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Parties to the peace deal ending South Sudan’s devastating civil war have again delayed the country's first elections since independence by extending the transitional period by two years. The vote meant for early next year has been pushed to December 2024. ...

Explosion of violence in South Sudan threatens peace pact

Jul. 18, 2022 04:14 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An explosion of violence in South Sudan is raising fears that the country's fragile peace agreement will unravel before elections the international community hopes can be held next year. The wave of near-daily killings across this East African country is...

South Sudan suspends dredging of Naam river, Sudd wetlands

Jul. 12, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president ordered the suspension Saturday of all dredging-related activities in the country until evidence-based studies are carried out on their impact on surrounding communities and the ecosystems they rely on. Salva Kiir Mayardit's...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...