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Washington calls S. Sudan violence an ‘abomination’

In this image taken from video, dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu, South Sudan, on Sunday, April 20, 2014. The United Nations' top humanitarian official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are "quite possibly a game-changer" for a conflict that has been raging since mid-December and that has exposed longstanding ethnic hostilities. There was also a disturbing echo of Rwanda, which is marking the 20th anniversary this month of its genocide that killed 1 million people. AP

The White House expressed horror at what it called the “abomination” of spiralling violence in South Sudan’s civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in South Sudan slaughter

In this image taken from video people travel on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on Sunday April 20, 2014. AP

The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

UN chief: 1 million South Sudanese may face famine

In this photo taken Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, waves at people kept back by a wire fence, as he walks surrounded by U.N. security personnel in a secured location in Bangui, Central African Republic. AP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan unless there is immediate action.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN food agency launches urgent appeal for South Sudan

In this Jan 12, 2014, file photo, a man carrying his belongings stands among the remains of buildings destroyed by the recent fighting, after government forces retook from rebel forces the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan. The UN's food agency launched an urgent appeal Wednesday, Feb. 5, to raise $77 million (57 million euros) for South Sudan, threatened by a major food crisis as basic commodities run out.  AP PHOTO/MACKENZIE KNOWLES-COURSIN

The UN’s food agency launched an urgent appeal Wednesday to raise $77 million (57 million euros) for South Sudan, threatened by a major food crisis as basic commodities run out.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Many South Sudanese remain in camps despite truce

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, displaced South Sudanese women queue for water at the United Nations base where they have sought shelter in Malakal, South Sudan. AP FILE PHOTO

Behind barbed wire fencing Peter Tap cuts a forlorn figure, one of 27,000 South Sudanese seeking safety at a United Nations base in an area that has suffered some of the country’s worst violence since mid-December.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, Muslim men organized in militias with machetes rough up a Christian man while checking him for weapons in the Miskine neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic. Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a very violent start to 2014 with raging conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic - the death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome, with one estimate saying nearly 10,000 have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare. AP

The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have beheaded children.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Sudan talks on hold over agenda disagreement

South Sudanese information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday Jan. 5, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Officials in Ethiopia say that direct talks between the warring factions of South Sudan have stalled.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN reinforcements start arriving in South Sudan

A forklift truck moves shipping containers in a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in Juba, South Sudan Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. AP

The first United Nations peacekeeping reinforcements arrived Friday in South Sudan, where the government is said to have agreed an immediate ceasefire after nearly two weeks of heavy fighting with rebels.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Sudan government agrees to end hostilities

Displaced people walk inside a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in Juba, South Sudan Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. AP

South Sudan’s government agreed Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the young country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Thousands’ killed as South Sudan slides towards civil war

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S.  AP

Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed in over a week of violence with reports of bodies piled in mass graves, the UN said Tuesday, amid ongoing battles threatening to slide into civil war.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN warns of ‘war crimes’ in South Sudan

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan to support with an ordered departure of personnel from the city. AP

Senior UN officials warned Tuesday that the ethnic killings being carried out in South Sudan could amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity punishable under international law.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ban wants 5,500 more soldiers for UN mission in S. Sudan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  AP File Photo

The UN Security Council will likely send thousands of additional soldiers to violence-wracked South Sudan to reinforce its mission and help it better protect civilians, diplomats said Monday.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan – witnesses

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan to support with an ordered departure of personnel from the city. AP

South Sudanese soldiers have carried out a string of ethnic killings, including a massacre, house-to-house killings and rapes, following an outbreak of fighting more than a week ago, several eyewitnesses have told AFP.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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