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South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

Jan. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders have agreed to form a coalition government by the February deadline, a South African special envoy says. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in their latest talks this week also agreed that key outstanding issues...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. The United States issued a statement Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 announcing that it has imposed sanctions on South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, citing his involvement in serious human rights abuses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US sanctions South Sudan's vice president over abuses

Jan. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, citing his involvement in serious human rights abuses. It is one of the sharpest actions taken by the U.S. against South Sudan's government amid Washington's frustration over the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, prominent South Sudanese activist and economist Peter Biar Ajak prepares to embrace his wife Nyathon Hoth Mai, left, as she weeps after he was sentenced to two years in prison, in a courtroom in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A lawyer said Friday, Jan 3, 2020 that the prominent South Sudan activist and economist has not been freed from prison despite being pardoned in a presidential decree. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Prominent South Sudan activist released from prison

Jan. 4, 2020 2:33 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A prominent South Sudan activist and economist was freed from prison Saturday after a presidential pardon and said he will return to his work to ensure peace goes forward in the country after years of civil war. Peter Biar Ajak in a brief statement to reporters said his detention...

South Sudan allocates $40M to help integrate rival forces

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war. This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 25, 2019 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of Cyril Ramaphosa at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. A new report made public in Nov. 2019 says South Sudan's National Security Service has recruited a force of 10,000 fighters in President Salva Kiir's ethnic stronghold, in apparent breach of the terms of the country's peace deal. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

UN: South Sudan recruits new force, contrary to peace deal

Nov. 27, 2019 3:50 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says South Sudan’s National Security Service has recruited a force of 10,000 fighters in President Salva Kiir’s ethnic stronghold, in apparent breach of the terms of the country’s peace deal. The report by United Nations experts monitoring sanctions on...

US calls its ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington

Nov. 25, 2019 11:31 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States has called its ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington for consultations as Washington reevaluates its relationship with the country after a delay in implementing a fragile peace deal. The unusual public statement Monday by the State Department was echoed in a...