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 ...

Sudan orders Red Cross to suspend aid work in war-torn regions

Feb 1, 2014

Sudan orders Red Cross to suspend aid work in war-torn regions

Sudanese authorities have ordered the Red Cross to suspend its activities, the organization said Saturday, in the latest restriction to be placed on foreign aid workers in the war-ravaged country. “We have received an official letter from the HAC (Humanitarian Aid Commission) informing us ...

Alleged S. Sudan coup plotters flown to Kenya

Jan 30, 2014

Alleged S. Sudan coup plotters flown to Kenya

Seven men detained for allegedly plotting a coup in South Sudan were flown to Kenya and granted political asylum, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday of a breakthrough expected to foster negotiations to end a conflict in South Sudan that has killed thousands and ...

South Sudan to try rebel leaders, risking fragile cease-fire

Jan 29, 2014

South Sudan to try rebel leaders, risking fragile cease-fire

South Sudan says it will put key leaders of an alleged coup it claims triggered weeks of fighting on trial, in a move likely to threaten a fragile ceasefire with rebels. Both sides implemented a ceasefire last Friday, but combat has only eased, not ...

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

Jan 26, 2014

South Sudan's cease-fire uneasy as accusations of attacks abound

South Sudan’s government and rebels traded accusations Sunday that each had breached a cease-fire deal by attacking the other, but insisted they were committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict. Both sides insist they were attacked and have responded only in self-defence. The cease-fire, ...