South Sudan in Focus is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.
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Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter this week, was convicted of apostasy and given four days to abandon her faith
How people greeted Johnson's resignation depended in part on which side of the fence -- or the walls surrounding U.N. bases in South Sudan -- they are on, an analyst says.
The announcement by the UNMISS chief, that she will be leaving in July, comes days after the UN Security Council extended the South Sudan mission's mandate.
A spokesman for the opposition says "it is not the business of UNMISS to protect oil installations."
Russia assures South Sudan Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin that it will use its veto in the Security Council to block sanctions against the world's newest nation.
The resolution extends UNMISS's mandate for six months and changes its focus from promoting development and nation-building to protecting civilians and ending the violence in South Sudan.
“Women bring order to things much faster than men with AK-47s,” a U.S. businessman tells a conference in Washington focussed on bringing peace to South Sudan.
The South Sudan opposition leader is due to brief Kenyan officials, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the status of the IGAD-mediated peace process.
An army spokesman also insists the SPLA is not blocking shipments of relief supplies or restricting the movement of U.N. peacekeepers.
Donald Booth says deploying troops in South Sudan will provide protection for ceasefire monitors, who are on the ground but unable to work because of ongoing fighting.
Already delayed by lack of funding, the commission reviewing the transitional constitution says it won't meet its new deadline because of ongoing fighting.
Two staff members were attacked and detained by suspected members of the security forces in separate incidents in Juba, a U.N. spokesman says.
The fighting comes days after international donors pledged $600 million to South Sudan, and warned that without an end to the violence, the funds would be of no use.
US Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan Donald Booth says government and opposition leaders must make good on pledges made at a donor conference.
South Sudan's leaders are warned that without concrete steps toward peace, and unimpeded access to the millions in need, the monies pledged will be useless.
White House says assistance includes $50 million to support efforts by UN to aid more than 300,000 refugees
A US official warns that South Sudan will be gripped by famine if fighting does not stop, and says that if that does happen, the fault will lie squarely with warring parties.
The Sudan People's Liberation Army was born 31 years ago -- when the first shots were fired in the war of independence with the north.
The international community condemns the sentence, which a Sudanese government official insists is open to appeal.
A State Department official says the deployment of a regional African force in South Sudan to help monitor a peace agreement is a top priority for Washington.
The army blames rebels for clashes in Bentiu, Bor and Malakal, but the opposition says the accusations are merely government propaganda.
A group of former government officials, political analysts and lawyers calls for a collegial presidency that would better represent all South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir says South Sudan needs time for reconciliation even as he accuses the opposition of breaking the latest ceasefire within hours of it being signed.
Deal signed in Addis Ababa ends one of longest running rebellions in the country, insurgency in Jonglei state led by David Yau Yau
Women collect some plastic bottles at a landfill near Juba and, in exchange for money, turn them in to a local NGO for recycling.
The two men are due to meet face-to-face on Friday for the first time since a political row between them turned violent and plunged South Sudan into months of bloodletting.
Rights group investigates killings and rapes and looting of villages
South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin says he understood the United States would work with IGAD, the regional African body brokering peace talks, to impose sanctions.
Rebel spokesman Hussein Mar Nyuot says leader Riek Machar has always been committed to peace
The announcement comes as the United States imposes sanctions on two military leaders from both sides in the conflict, which the U.S. State Department says has killed tens of thousands.
Announcement comes as top EU official says bloc is also considering sanctions against Juba
During an unannounced visit to Juba, Ban Ki-moon also presses President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar to urgently press ahead with face-to-face talks to end the fighting.
A spokesman for the opposition says the two sides have agreed to a "month of tranquility," starting on May 7.
In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before he left for Ethiopia and South Sudan, two leading rights groups say sanctions will help to convince South Sudanese leaders to end months of bloodshed in the country.
Secretary Kerry and President Kiir met for more than an hour Friday to plan for next week's projected peace talks in Ethiopia, which would include Riek Machar
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have allowed their personal differences to drive South Sudan to the brink of disaster.
Since conflict erupted in mid-December, parties have only agreed on a cease-fire - which has been largely ignored
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.