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New peace talks between warring parties delayed by at least a day, as two sides prepare for negotiations
Information minister says rebels have yet to make any concessions at peace negotiations to help resolve South Sudan’s conflict
A spokeswoman for the United Nations' World Food Program says buildings are abandoned, the streets are overgrown with grass and shrubs, and thousands are sheltering in "a sea of mud" at the U.N. base.
President Salva Kiir signed into law an agreement made in May with long-time rebel leader David Yau Yau, giving Pibor County in Jonglei state a degree of self-rule that many hope will spur development in the region.
An army spokesman says most of the casualties from the fighting in Jonglei and Upper Nile states were from the opposition side.
It's not the first time that South Sudanese have toyed with the idea of moving the national capital from Juba to another city. This time, they're suggesting Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal.
A spokesman for the government says he is confident that, this time, the two sides will reach a deal to end the fighting.
The talks have been in limbo since June when they were adjourned indefinitely after the opposition failed to take their seat at the negotiating table.
After constant harassment at checkpoints and losing part of the roof over his head to what he says were members of the Tiger Division presidential guard, a businessman from Juba shuts up shop and flees to Nairobi.
The Danish diplomat, who was previously U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative in Liberia, takes over from Norway's Hilde Johnson, who left South Sudan early this month.
Warring sides again trade accusations over who started the latest fighting in Jonglei state, one of the hot-spots of the seven-month-old conflict.
The head of the commission, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, says the investigative team will visit fighting hotspots "so that we can advise how to stop the bleeding and to get a process of healing."
Opposition forces say they have wrested control of the town from forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, but the SPLA denies that Nassir has fallen to the rebels.
Officials say 18 people were killed in Jonglei state and another 35 bodies were found in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, where rebels clashed with government troops early this week.
An official in the disputed area says a toddler was among five people killed in the fighting, and blames the violence on pro-Khartoum Misseriya nomads.
Valerie Amos tells the U.N. Security Council that, unless the international community intervenes quickly, South Sudan could face famine.
A state official says five bodies were found in Aweil Center county, bringing the death toll in fighting between army deserters and government troops to 35
Spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer says the military, with the constitutional responsibility to protect the country, has the right to arm itself
An official says 29 people were killed in the clashes this week, all of them rebel fighters.
US Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says the United States is pressing the warring sides in South Sudan to return to the negotiating table.
When South Sudan gained independence three years ago, millions returned or traveled home for the first time
A spokesman for the army says no complaints of harassment have been received from civilians.
Fighting breaks out in Unity and Upper Nile states as the European Union imposes sanctions on a militia leader and an SPLA commander who it says violated a January ceasefire.
A spokesman for the government says it is surprised that an SPLA commander was sanctioned, insisting that all members of government forces are respecting the ceasefire.
Two military officials in South Sudan, who the EU says bear "major responsibility for the recent violence," will be banned from traveling to the EU and have assets in the European Union frozen.
The thousands of South Sudanese who have sought shelter in UNMISS camps are divided over whether they have anything to celebrate on the country's independence day.
Analysts say President Salva Kiir has to do much more to live up to the promises he made when South Sudan became an independent nation three years ago.
In a speech to launch the long-awaited airport renovation, the president of South Sudan accuses former government officials of pilfering funds intended for infrastructure improvement.
The Interior Minister says the aim is to reduce crime, and says anyone who is out after dark is "a witch" or criminal.
The World Cup reaches into an UNMISS camp for the displaced in Juba, where young men say watching the global soccer tournament gives them something they haven't had for months - a sense of hope.
More than 100,000 displaced persons are housed in cramped, often unsanitary conditions in 10 U.N. camps around South Sudan.
Presenting the budget to lawmakers, the finance minister says non-oil revenues are expected to be in the region of 3 billion South Sudanese pounds in the 2014-15 fiscal year -- less than half the projected revenues from oil.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny says no one should fear they will be harassed or harmed if they criticize the government or the system of governance.
Newspaper and broadcast editors say they have been approached by people claiming to be government security agents who tell them not to publish or broadcast information about the debate about switching South Sudan to a federal system of government.
Medical charity MSF says 58 people have been killed in medical facilities during South Sudan's conflict, and condemns the attacks as a violation of international humanitarian law.
South Sudan in Focus (SSIF) is a 30-minute English-language broadcast and Internet program covering rapidly changing developments in South Sudan and the East Africa region.
South Sudan in Focus 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. The program is hosted by John Tanza in Washington D.C., and a network of stringers around South Sudan, and reporters in Washington, D.C., produce the stories that are heard on South Sudan in Focus.
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