May 10, 2014

South Sudan ceasefire set to begin after peace deal

A cease-fire between South Sudan’s government and rebels was due to come into effect Saturday following a deal to end a brutal five-month war that has pushed the country to the brink of genocide and famine. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, ...

May 2, 2014

Onodera to inspect SDF operations in South Sudan

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will fly to South Sudan next week to check on Japanese troops there, becoming the first Japanese minister to visit since the new nation since it won independence from Sudan in July 2011, the ministry said Friday. On Thursday, Onodera ...

Apr 23, 2014

'Piles and piles' of bodies seen in S. Sudan slaughter

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 ...

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

Mar 14, 2014

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

South Sudan faces possible famine if warring government and rebel forces do not heed a cease-fire deal they have signed, U.S. and EU envoys warned Thursday. “The parties have failed to respect their commitment to the Jan. 23 cessation of hostilities,” said U.S. envoy ...

Rash of killings in South Sudan horrify aid groups

| Feb 28, 2014

Rash of killings in South Sudan horrify aid groups

House after house has been burned to the ground. Hospital patients have been shot by armed rebels while lying in their beds. Dozens of corpses litter the streets. “This is about revenge now. There is no humanity here,” said Col. Jan Hoff, a Norwegian ...

Fighting in South Sudan traps U.N. personnel inside base

Feb 20, 2014

Fighting in South Sudan traps U.N. personnel inside base

Fighting between South Sudan’s army and rebels in the capital of one of its oil-rich states is forcing U.N. personnel to remain inside a base where more than 20,000 frightened residents are seeking refuge, officials said Wednesday. U.N. personnel are unable to leave the ...

S. Sudan cease-fire in tatters as rebels attack key oil town

Feb 19, 2014

S. Sudan cease-fire in tatters as rebels attack key oil town

Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault Tuesday against the key oil hub of Malakal, witnesses and officials said, as a cease-fire agreement with the government appeared to be in tatters. Aid sources said small arms fire could be heard inside the ...

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Feb 13, 2014

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Japanese troops involved in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan do not see any prospect of resuming their original task of infrastructure building, despite a cease-fire deal signed last month, their commander said Tuesday. The Ground Self-Defense Force engineering unit will instead continue ...

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Feb 3, 2014

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Sudan on Sunday said it suspended activities of the international Red Cross because it violated guidelines for working in the war-torn country. “We observe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is doing activities outside of its mandate under international law and ...