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China sends first combat troops to South Sudan for UN peace mission

China has agreed to send about 700 combat forces to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in the country, the government said. “We will be happy to receive 700 combat troops from the People’s Republic Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talks postponed

A new round of discussions between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to resume as scheduled on Monday as both sides failed to show up, officials say. The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) chief mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, Read more ›

South Sudan: Warring rivals agree to finalize peace talks in 60 days

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on Tuesday reached an agreement to finalize their discussion on a transitional government in the coming months. The two men, who met on the sidelines of the 26th extraordinary meeting of the Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels to pen final ceasefire agreement

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the way forward for young, war-torn South Sudan. Rebel spokesman, Yohanis Musa, told the press in Khartoum last week that both sides will begin to Read more ›

UN Secretary General urges President Kiir and Riek Machar to meet next week

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has directed the leaders of the factions involved in the ongoing war in the world’s youngest nation to honour their agreement to meet this month. The UN press office, which announced this Read more ›

South Sudan: Cholera infections drop

The number of people diagnosed daily with cholera in Juba has dropped significantly since the outbreak of this deadly communicable disease was officially announced in the middle of last month. According to the Minister of Health, Riek Gai Kuk, the Read more ›

Head of UN mission in South Sudan to resign in July

Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan and head of the United Nations Mission in the country, has announced that she will step down at the end of July. Ms. Johnson made this revelation during Read more ›

South Sudan: Government allots UN land to create camps for displaced civilians

The Government of South Sudan has provided land space in four different states for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to build new camps for internally displaced persons. The new camp sites are located in Juba, Bor, Malakal Read more ›

South Sudan marks SPLA Day

The government and people of South Sudan have commemorated the formation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Friday, May 16th. Local sources indicate that a large crowd have convened at the Dr. John Garang Memorial Park to mark Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels trade accusations over violations of ceasefire agreement

Representatives of the government and rebels in South Sudan have accused each other of instigating several brief clashes this weekend despite the new agreement to end all hostilities. On Friday, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar agreed to enforce a Read more ›

UN releases report on human rights violations in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have published a report on the human rights situation in the country since violence erupted on December 15th last year. The 62-page report, prepared by the UNMISS Human Rights Division, reportedly draws Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebel leader agrees to meet President Kiir

The former Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has agreed to meet with President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on Friday for discussions aimed at ending the ongoing insurgency that has led to the deaths of more than a Read more ›

South Sudan: President Kiir to meet with rebel leader for peace talks

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kirr, has agreed to meet with his former deputy, now rebel-leader, Riek Machar, in Addis Ababa next week to find a solution to the four-month-long armed conflict in South Sudan. According to the U.S. Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talks to resume in Addis Ababa today

Representatives of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar have reportedly made their way to the capital of Ethiopia ahead of the resumption of their negotiations today. The peace talks, being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has been Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels claim control of key oil-producing town

Rebels loyal to former South Sudanese deputy leader, Riek Machar, say they have taken over Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich Unity State. According to a spokesman for the mutineers, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, the rebels have completed a “mopping Read more ›

South Sudan to join regional railway project

South Sudan will join Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda in a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that seeks to enhance regional integration and trade. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) in charge of the project has issued a statement indicating that the African Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talk fails to resume in Addis Ababa

The dialogue between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to be re-initiated this past week as both sides continued armed battle in the war-torn nation. During the adjournment of the discussions earlier in the month, representatives of Read more ›

Judges postpone Trial of 7 South Sudanese Politicians released to Kenya

The five judge tribunal of a special court created to hear the trial of eleven South Sudanese politicians accused of complicity in the alleged coup d’état against President Salva Kiir in December last year, on Thursday, ruled for the trial Read more ›

Eritrean Authorities deny links with South Sudanese Rebels

Eritrean officials have disclosed that the embattled country has no ties with the rebels behind the insurgency in South Sudan – headed by Riek Machar – contrary to the claims of numerous critics. A statement from the office of President Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels condemn Regional Leaders’ decision to deploy Forces

Rebels in South Sudan have criticized the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to send troops to the deeply desolated nation. Last week, east African leaders met in Addis Ababa and voted to deploy a regional stabilisation and Read more ›

South Sudanese Official Criticizes IGAD’s Ceasefire Monitoring and Verification Procedure

The Minister of Information of South Sudan, Michael Makuei Lueth, has censured the Inter-governmental Agency for Development’s (IGAD) decision to dispatch an advance team of its Joint Technical Committee to the destabilised nation on Sunday. According to him, the team Read more ›

Over 200 South Sudanese Civilians Perish in Boat Accident, Rebels claim to Recapture Capital of Oil-Rich State

At least 200 civilians – including women and children – are reported to have been killed while trying to escape fighting between government forces and rebels in Malakal, a northern oil city in South Sudan. South Sudan’s army spokesman told Read more ›

Uganda Opens New Camps to House South Sudanese Refugees

The Ugandan Red Cross Society (URCS) says almost 25,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in neighboring Uganda since violence erupted last month in the young nation,  forcing Uganda to open new refugee camps. It is estimated that around 2,500 South Read more ›