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South Sudan activist flees to US, says Kiir wanted him dead

Jul. 24, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A prominent South Sudanese activist has fled to the United States with the help of the U.S. government, which issued emergency visas to him and his family after he said South Sudan’s president ordered him abducted or killed. Peter Biar Ajak arrived in Washington late Thursday...

UN says 2 aid workers, 4 others shot dead in South Sudan

Jul. 16, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two aid workers in South Sudan were shot dead along with four people they were helping after members of an unknown armed group attacked them early this week, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country said Thursday. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for...

In this photo taken Sunday, June 21, 2020, an infectious disease specialist, left, takes a sample from Dr. Reagan Taban Augustino, right, now a coronavirus patient himself under quarantine, at the Dr John Garang Infectious Diseases Unit in Juba, South Sudan. The United Nations says the country's outbreak is growing rapidly, with nearly 1,900 cases, including more than 50 health workers infected, and at the only laboratory in the country that tests for the virus a team of 16 works up to 16-hour days slogging through a backlog of more than 5,000 tests. (AP Photo/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

Virus outbreak could spin 'out of control' in South Sudan

Jun. 22, 2020 3:26 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — It began with a dry cough, weakness and back pain. For Reagan Taban Augustino, part of South Sudan’s small corps of health workers trained in treating COVID-19 patients, there was little doubt what he had. Days later, hardly able to breathe, the 33-year-old doctor discovered...

South Sudan takes key step forward in peace agreement

Jun. 17, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government said Wednesday the president and his former rival have reached agreement on a key next step in the country’s peace deal that ended five years of civil war. The statement by the minister of presidential affairs said President Salva Kiir and...

In this photo taken Monday, June 1, 2020, Tanzanian truck driver Ally Akida Samwel washes his hands next to his truck as he waits to be allowed to enter on the Kenya side of the Namanga border crossing with Tanzania. Africa's long-haul truckers carry food, fuel and other essential supplies along dangerous roads, but now they say they are increasingly accused of carrying the coronavirus as well. The drivers say they are stigmatized and even threatened in some countries. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Africa's essential truckers say they face virus stigma

Jun. 7, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

NAMANGA, Kenya (AP) — They haul food, fuel and other essential supplies along sometimes dangerous roads during tough economic times. But Africa's long-distance truckers say they are increasingly being accused of carrying something else: the coronavirus. While hundreds of truckers have tested positive for...