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A Foreign Ministry official says that unlike countries like Somalia or CAR, South Sudan acted quickly to try to end the conflict that got it on the list in the first place.
Warrap state residents say the number of homeless children has grown since South Sudan plunged into conflict in December, but refused to say if they thought the conflict was to blame.
South Sudan football fans say they'll continue watching World Cup matches at cinemas and bars, even if a game goes well past the 11 pm curfew in Juba.
An analyst from a South Sudanese think tank doubts that President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have the commitment to stick to a 60-day timeline to set up a transitional government.
Annual index reveals some surprises, including why Iran raised its score, and how US slipped over fractious partisan politics
Business as usual grinds to a halt as lawmakers object to the way the speaker appointed new committee heads.
South Sudan defense minister says having Ugandan forces in South Sudan not only helps to ensure security there but also in Uganda.
The adjournment will allow IGAD, the regional bloc mediating the talks, to hold consultations to try to get the negotiations back on track after the opposition boycotted the negotiations.
Opposition negotiators boycott the opening session of the latest round of talks, saying their request to IGAD that the talks should be more inclusive has fallen on deaf ears.
A week after President Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar agreed to a 60-day timeline to set up a transitional government, South Sudan's president insists he has to be head of it.
The South Sudan opposition chief also says he wants the stalled talks in Addis Ababa to be more representative and include groups that have fled the country.
The Health Ministry is running an information campaign, urging people to wash their hands and chlorinate water, but not everyone is listening.
Around 98,000 residents who fled Bor as fighting raked the town have returned and are slowly rebuilding their lives.
President Salva Kiir lodges a protest with IGAD after the bloc's executive secretary was quoted in the media as saying Kiir and Riek Machar are stupid to think they can resolve South Sudan's crisis on the battlefield.
U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer says another $1 billion is needed to provide healthcare, food, clean water, sanitation and shelter to help millions of South Sudanese make it through the year.
In a poignant poem, children say they want to go to school, live in peace, and help to build a peaceful, united South Sudan.
South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga tells a gathering in Kampala that President Salva Kiir's government is not on the brink of collapse.
One money transfer company manager in Western Bahr el Ghazal says business is down 30 percent since the start of the year.
SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer admits there have been some desertions but dismisses reports that thousands of soldiers have left their posts in parts of Jonglei state.
President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar agree to set up a transitional government within 60 days as regional bloc IGAD threatens punitive action if they don't hold up their end of the latest peace deal for South Sudan.
UNMISS inaugurates a new "protection of civilians" facility in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile state, where, in spite of weeks of relative calm, people still do not feel it is safe enough to return home.
"The fate of South Sudanese children, who have been affected by unimaginable violations, including killings, forced recruitment, rape and abductions, is in your hands," leaders from across Africa warn President Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar.
The opposition welcomes the defectors, saying their leaving the SPLM is a sign the government of President Salva Kiir is "crumbling from within."
Counselor of the Department of State Thomas Shannon, who advises Secretary of State John Kerry on major foreign policy problems, says the two rivals made the pledge to him when he visited Juba over the weekend.
The head of the United Democratic Front party says security officials confiscated his and other party officials' passports and barred them from traveling to Addis.
The Foreign Ministry denies accusations made against the government by former top diplomat Francis Nazario, who resigned and fled the country this week.
The opposition says the government has brought in 100 delegates for the talks while its team is only 14-strong.
In a lengthy resignation letter, former Higher Education Minister Peter Adwok Nyaba accuses President Salva Kiir of "an inner tendency to dictatorship" and says he has turned the SPLM into an oppressive, totalitarian machine.
"I can't be in Juba while seeing people being harassed, killed by government security," says South Sudan's former head of mission to Belgium and the EU, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Francis Nazario.
Inspections by health officials and a drop in clientele during the three-week-old cholera outbreak are forcing many food vendors in Juba out of business.
UNICEF says that fighters from both sides have taken over schools in five states, disrupting the educations of tens of thousands of children.
The two sides in the nearly six-month-old conflict blame each other for violating a ceasefire deal signed nearly a month ago.
Richard K. Mulla, the independent member of parliament for Western Equatoria who has been a stern critic of the government, says he feared for his life in South Sudan.
In speech to open session of National Assembly, Kiir pledges to restore peace, help those displaced by fighting, improve infrastructure, unite South Sudanese
A U.N. official says 27 people have died of cholera and the number of cases has nearly doubled since last week, rising from 586 to 1,106.
Denying earlier reports that woman would be freed, Foreign Ministry spokesman says she cannot be released without appeals court ruling
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.