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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South Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations praises the new mandate but urges the U.N. not to impose sanctions on South Sudan, saying they would be counter-productive.
The deals, which cover mainly the use of water resources from the Nile River, were signed during a visit by President Salva Kiir to Egypt last week.
African Union lead mediator Thabo Mbeki says he expects the talks between Khartoum and fighters from Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will resume before the end of this month.
Sudan Information Minister Ahmed Bilal says allegations that Sudanese soldiers raped 200 women in Darfur are pure fabrication by opponents of the government in Khartoum.
An eyewitness to the crash at Mabior airstrip in Twic East County in Jonglei state says only one of three crewmembers survived the accident.
The attack in Upper Nile state comes two weeks after an Antonov, believed to be from Sudan, bombed a village in Western Bahr el Ghazal state,injuring 24 people.
But US, United Kingdom and Norway say in joint statement they are concerned by statements from Khartoum that major military offensives being planned in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile
Information Minister Michael Makuei says the proposal was rejected by IGAD heads of state and government, who have given South Sudan just two weeks to hammer out the details of a transitional government.
IGAD, the regional bloc brokering peace talks for South Sudan, gives the two sides a fortnight to hammer out the details of a transitional government and warns of action against anyone who violates the latest peace deal.
The campaign, created by musician Manasseh Mathiang, asks people to post a picture on themselves waving the South Sudanese flag on Facebook or Twitter, along with a positive message and the hashtag #wavesouthsudan.
In a three-age letter to President Salva Kiir, lawmakers from the Equatoria region say the bill would further divide South Sudan if it becomes law.
In the wake of new fighting in two states, the president of the Security Council expresses frustration at the unwillingness of the warring sides to abandon the military option and engage in peace talks.
The sacked director, who was only named to the position four weeks ago by President Salva Kiir, is questioning whether Information Minister Michael Makuei has the authority to fire him.
The rebel leader, who fled Juba when violence broke out 11 months ago, denies that his side is behind recent outbreaks of fighting in Unity and Upper Nile states.
The fighting, which pitted refugees from South Sudan against others from the Great Lakes region, was the latest unrest at the overcrowded camp.
Both sides are blaming the other for the fighting, which took place near the state capital, Malakal.
The commissioner of Raja County in Western Bahr el Ghazal says 24 people, including women and children, were wounded in the bombing raid on a village.
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.