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U.N. urges South Sudan to defuse growing tensions between ethnic groups

GENEVA (Reuters) - South Sudan is suffering a rise in hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups which could result in mass atrocities if the government does not act, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

Sudanese rebel leader slams South Africa’s withdrawal from war crimes court

The South African government’s decision to leave the International Criminal Court is “shameful” and effectively supports the genocide against people in Sudan, according to Abdul Wahid al-Nur of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). In a wide-ranging...Show More Summary

European And Israeli Arms Fuelling South Sudan Conflict: U.N.

4 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

European and Israeli arms are fuelling the civil war in South Sudan, which is under threat of a United Nations arms embargo, according to an expert report. The confidential report, compiled by a U.N. panel of experts and sent to the U.N. Show More Summary

Nick Turse: The Killing Fields of South Sudan

An in-depth portrait of one of the worst ravages of war: killing fields.

The Worst Place On Earth

Death and Life in the Lost Town of Leer Cross-posted with LEER, South Sudan -- There it is again. That sickening smell. I’m standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that’s left. In the ruins...Show More Summary

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Perpetual Killing Field

5 days agoNews : TomDispatch

LEER, South Sudan -- There it is again. That sickening smell. I’m standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home...

Drought, hunger add to South Sudan's woes

A serious food crisis in the north of South Sudan is reaching critical levels, as a biting drought across much of east Africa serves up even more woes for the troubled country. In Northern Bahr Al Gazal it is not the incessant cycles...Show More Summary

African press review 20 October 2016

Why does Malik Obama want his half-brother, the US president, to take a DNA test? Why were the roads in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, so quiet yesterday? How many states does South Sudan really need? And has Nigeria overtaken South Africa as the continent's economic powerhouse?

African press review 19 October 2016

South Sudan's Salva Kiir denies any call for a war against Equatoria locals suspected of recent murders of Dinka people. South Africa's finance minister will not be asking the National Prosecuting Authority to review fraud charges against himself. And Uganda's parliament is determined not to let the nation's editors off the hook.

South Sudan: at least 56 rebels and four SPLA soldiers killed in clashes

SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir say attack by rebels aligned to Riek Machar near Malakal oilfields beaten back At least 56 rebels and four government soldiers have been killed in heavy clashes in South Sudan, in a worrying new surge of violence. Show More Summary

At least 56 rebels killed in weekend fighting in S. Sudan: army

At least 56 rebels and four government soldiers were killed over the weekend as heavy clashes erupted in northeastern South Sudan, an army spokesman said Monday. "The dead bodies of the rebels confirmed after count was 56... on our side we lost four SPLA fighters and twenty were wounded," said Sudan People's Liberation Army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang.

Fighting around South Sudan town of Malakal kills 56: government

JUBA (Reuters) - Heavy fighting around the town of Malakal in South Sudan killed dozens of people over the weekend, a military spokesman said on Sunday, after rebels said they would try to seize control of the town.

US F-16s in Djibouti for Possible Crisis Response in South Sudan

U.S. Air Force F-16s and KC 135s were quietly deployed in July to the U.S. military’s counterterrorism hub in east Africa.

Week of violence in South Sudan kills 60, government says

JUBA (Reuters) - Fighting in South Sudan killed at least 60 people this week, the military said on Friday, stoking fears the region could plunge back into full-scale war.

Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?

FP staffers talk about their reporting on the ground in South Sudan and Colombia and how war crimes, revolution, women, and Washington all played a role in those countries’ failed peace processes.

African press review 13 October 2016

Burundi's parliamentarians vote overwhelmingly to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar is on his way to South Africa. The authorities in Juba say President Salva Kiir is not dead, depite persistent rumours. And influential South African family the Guptas say they won't block a report on their alleged interference in government.

UN: South Sudan unrest rises amid Kiir's death rumours

Conflict increasing throughout the country as government dismisses reports of President Silva Kiir's death.

How Diplomatic Security Deploys Life-Saving Armored Vehicles

In South Sudan, two U.S. Embassy armored vehicles carrying mission personnel were headed toward the residential compound on July 7, 2016. Less than half a mile from their destination, they were stopped by dozens of armed soldiers who tried to open the vehicle doors.

UN warns of increasing violence as tensions rise in S.Sudan

The UN warned Wednesday of increasing violence in parts of South Sudan, as the government was forced to publicly dismiss rumours of President Salva Kiir's death to quell rising tensions. "The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)...Show More Summary

African press review 12 October 2016

Sudan's president yesterday offered an olive brance to opposition figures and rebel groups but does he intend to beat them with it? What will happen to the South African economy if the finance minister is put in jail? Are Eritrea and Egypt behind the violence in Ethiopia? And are Nigeria's state governors doing a good job?

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