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The suspension is the latest delay to the second round of talks and comes as the United Nations says one million people have been displaced by the ongoing, 100-day-old conflict.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry says South Sudan troops only began stopping and inspecting U.N. convoys after weapons and ammunition were found in a UN convoy bound for Bentiu early this month.
A new corporate sports league seeks to promote peace in the young country by bringing together sports fans to play in friendly football matches.
The statement released by 10 countries, including the United States, and the European Union comes as the U.N. says the number of people forced from their homes in 100 days of conflict in South Sudan has topped one million.
An official in Jonglei state says 12 civilians were killed and thousands have fled their homes as clashes continue in Duk County between opposition and government forces.
Uganda has taken in nearly 87,000 refugees from South Sudan, the most of any of the conflict-wracked country's neighbors, and MSF is racing to help the refugees before the rains set in.
Germany's Minister for Cooperation and Development, Gerd Mueller, says during a visit to Juba that the aid will be available immediately, and vows not to abandon the South Sudanese people.
Two prosecution witnesses testify that they have no evidence to implicate four political detainees in what the government says was a bid to topple the government of President Salva Kiir in December.
The funds will be used to help alleviate a looming food security crisis and help South Sudanese who fled to neighboring countries, among other critical issues.
The hearing of four political detainees accused of being part of a coup plot in December is adjourned 24 hours after prosecution witnesses failed to show up in court.
On crutches, missing limbs and with bandaged wounds, more than 100 soldiers block a main road in Juba to demand months of back-pay.
A previous request from the government for the seven politicians, whom a judge in Juba wants to question about their alleged role in triggering the violence in South Sudan, was not acted on by the talks' mediators, IGAD.
Testifying for the prosecution, the head of external security says he has "solid evidence" that the four men on trial were part of a plot to seize power in a coup.
Ending the fighting and allow supply truck to alleviate the suffering of thousands of civilians, officials say.
The capital of the main oil-producing state in South Sudan has changed hands five times since fighting broke out in mid-December.
The presiding judge denies a prosecution request for another adjournment, saying it would deny the four defendants their right to expeditious justice.
Humanitarian aid agency Medair has launched a pre-emptive vaccination campaign against the water-borne illness, trying to beat the onset of the rainy season.
The U.N. agency says it has been forced to use the most costly form of emergency food delivery as fighting and other obstacles prevent it from getting to people in dire need of help by road or river.
The announcement of the Cabinet changes comes eight months after President Salva Kiir fired his entire cabinet shutting down several ministries, citing austerity measures and the need to streamline the government.
But presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny says some reporters are brought in to National Security offices to be given "advice because some journalists are very irresponsible."
The funds, from Japan's Official Development Assistance fund, come with few strings attached but cannot be used for military purposes, Ambassador Takeshi Akamatsu says.
US Ambassador to Juba Susan Page calls the three-month-old conflict in South Sudan "a real tragedy" and urges the warring sides to settle their differences around the negotiating table.
Ghanaian force commander also insists that the weapons were not being sent to rebel forces.
Lead mediator indicates forces should be deployed by mid-April, but did not specify numbers
A day after four detainees accused of plotting to overthrow the government appear in a Juba court, a judge adjourns their hearing and orders seven other political figures to return from Kenya and appear in court.
A legal expert says Information Minister Michael Makuei's assertion that broadcasting an interview with members of the anti-government forces violates South Sudan's penal code, is untrue.
Four former SPLM members are among 11 political figures who were taken into custody shortly after fighting erupted in Juba on Dec. 15, in what President Salva Kiir said was a failed bid to oust him
Demonstrators at rallies in Juba and Wau accuse the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) of colluding with rebels and of starting the fighting that continues to rake the country.
Unless the hundreds of thousands displaced by months of conflict are able to return home and plant crops, there will be shortages of staple foods, the World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization say.
UNMISS calls the incident a regrettable mistake and says the U.N. is sending a high-level team to investigate how it happened.
Team of three South Sudan officials handed out booklets in Nairobi called "The truth about the aborted coup of Dr. Riek Machar and his group."
South Sudanese officials raise the toll from five to 24 but play down the gunfire reported in Juba overnight as the work of rogue elements who are trying to spark panic.
Clashes between soldiers at the same barracks where fighting in December triggered nearly three months of conflict around the country were quickly brought under control, but raised tensions in Juba.
The camp is a joint venture of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, the government and the Chinese embassy, and is expected to be ready in six weeks.
UNICEF says half of the nearly 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan are children, many of whom have endured traumatic injuries in the fighting in the young country.
Government negotiators say the talks are on the brink of failure and blame Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediators, while opposition complains the talks have moved too slowly.
Members of Congress and a leading rights advocate urge the United States to enlist the help of top officials, including President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, to press the warring sides in South Sudan to make peace.
Children displaced by fighting are living in a United Nations compound in Juba, the capital city
Charlton Doki (l) and John Tanza
South Sudan in Focus (SSIF) is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.
The program co-hosts are John Tanza, in Washington D.C., and Charlton Doki, in Juba. SSIF airs at 7:30 pm in Juba (1630 UTC) and can be heard on FM stations throughout South Sudan, on shortwave, and on VOA’s 24-hour channel in Nairobi at 8:30 pm. SSIF relies on a network of stringers throughout South Sudan, a Washington, .D.C-based reporter, and the worldwide resources of VOA to provide the latest news on South Sudan, the region and the world.
South Sudan in Focus co-hosts John Tanza and Charlton Doki were the moderators for a Town Hall meeting held in Juba on September 7, 2012. Listen to the full program.