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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The pledge brings U.S. funding to help South Sudan cope with the crisis triggered by more than nine months of fighting, to $720 million during fiscal year 2014.
A police officer who saw the crash between a passenger bus heading from Juba to Kampala and a truck says the truck was driving on the wrong side of the road.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Kiir says the conflict was triggered by a failed coup plotted by Riek Machar and says rebels are blocking attempts to restore peace
The former president of Nigeria, who heads an AU Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan, was reacting to a speech in which South Sudan's justice minister praised President Salva Kiir's government for defusing tensions in South Sudan
Ban Ki-moon had strong words for leaders in South Sudan, telling them to find an inclusive power-sharing arrangement
Amb. Donald Booth says recent sanctions against two military officers on opposite sides of violence intended to signal US readiness to act against those standing in way of peace
Mr Kenyatta devoted part of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to call for peace in Kenya's neighbor, South Sudan.
The agriculture minister and aid agencies say although food security has improved in South Sudan, hundreds of thousands of people are still going hungry, and the situation could deteriorate when the dry season returns next year.
Lead mediator says success of current round, which started Monday, depends on will of both parties to end fighting
Officials say they know of at least 6,000 people who have been displaced in two of the state's six counties.
A spokesman for government forces blames the fighting on opposition forces, who he says are trying to gain control of the economy by seizing control of oil-rich Upper Nile state.
When a "Lost Boy" returned to his South Sudan village and asked locals what he could do to help them, they asked him to build a school. So he did.
Residents are delighted as workers start filling in potholes on the main road from Kuacjok to Tharkueng with a mix of gravel and dirt. But they wonder why they don't pave the road instead.
The Minister of Labor issues a statement, clarifying parts of the new employment rules.
The president tells security agents to give the keys to the Catholic-run radio station back to management, nearly a month after Bakhita was shut down over a story about fighting in Unity state.
Aid agencies, businesses say order is ill-timed and will only make crisis worse
International film festival in Toronto awards documentary about displaced Sudanese
Media reports say Sudan's National Election Commission plans to include the contested border region in the country's 2015 general elections.
Abdallah Banda indicted in 2009 with leading large-scale attack in which 12 peacekeepers were killed
The family of reporter George Livio says they have not heard from him since he was detained last month.
Announcement follows news reports that Beijing is deploying troops to protect South Sudanese oil fields, Chinese workers and installations around them
An UNMISS spokesman says it is still too early to apportion blame for the attack, but indicates in a statement that militia leader Peter Gadet threatened to shoot down U.N. aircraft around a week before the Aug. 26 crash.
The warning from Information Minister Michael Makuei comes hours before three bills that are supposed to expand the right to information and set up a media watchdog are expected to be signed into law.
Around 50 South Sudanese boys have pooled their pocket money and bought a football, and they train with it almost every night on a rutted, dusty field near Juba.
Doctors Without Borders says people who live in the open and are poorly nourished are more susceptible to the fly-borne disease.
The new injection of funds brings to 125 million pounds Britain's contribution to the aid effort for South Sudan since the country plunged into conflict in December.
There are new calls for the talks, which have been boycotted by both of the warring parties on separate occasions, to be between the government and main opposition only, instead of being multilateral.
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.