Latest South Sudan News

Joyous Congolese dances, songs enliven St. Peter’s Basilica

Dec. 1, 2019 9:02 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Congolese dancing and singing enlivened St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, as Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for Catholics from the violence-wracked African nation and denounced arms suppliers for helping to fuel the conflict. The whoops of joy and the chorus of...

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...

Vatican: Pope, Anglican head aim for joint South Sudan trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and Anglican leader Justin Welby intend to visit South Sudan together if a national unity transition government can be formed in next three months. The pontiff and Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, held talks at the Vatican Wednesday. The Vatican said...

US ‘gravely disappointed’ by South Sudan unity gov’t delay

Nov. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is “gravely disappointed” and will reevaluate its relationship with South Sudan over the failure of its rival leaders to form a coalition government according to the country’s fragile peace accord. President Salva Kiir and...

Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St. Peter's...

South Sudan rival leaders delay forming coalition government

Nov. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to postpone the formation of a coalition government for 100 days. The rival leaders were to have formed a unity government by Nov. 12, but after meeting in Uganda for six hours Thursday, they said that...

UN urges South Sudan warring parties to fulfill peace deal

Nov. 6, 2019 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on South Sudan's warring parties Wednesday to publicly reaffirm their commitment to fully implement a peace deal signed over a year ago that calls for a coalition government to be formed on Nov. 12. The U.N.'s most powerful body expressed concern in a...

South Sudan faces crisis in forming new coalition government

Nov. 4, 2019 4:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — War-torn South Sudan is "barreling toward a crisis" and could slide back into fighting, warned the International Crisis Group on Monday. The new report said the country's warring parties aren't ready to form a coalition government on November 12th, when opposition leader Riek Machar...

Sudanese protests demand answers over June crackdown deaths

Nov. 3, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Sudan's capital and across the country on Sunday, demanding the disbanding of the former ruling party that underpinned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's three decades in power. The demonstrations were organized by local groups linked with the...