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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Members of women's groups tell government negotiators to return to the negotiating table for the sake of the 1.5 million people displaced by the conflict and the nearly four million facing severe food insecurity.
No reason was given for the firing of Rebecca Nyandeng from her post of advisor to the president on issues of gender and human rights, but a presidential spokesman says she has been "working for the downfall of the government."
The director of Bakhita Radio, which has been off the air since the weekend, says taking all political content out of the station's programs will be tough in a country like South Sudan.
Health officials have deployed at international airport near Juba, where they gather information from incoming passengers and take their temperatures, but so far no one has been quarantined
The lead negotiator for the opposition, Taban Deng Gai, says the government side has not shown up for the talks since last week.
News editor David Ocen is released from custody four days after he was detained over a story that the government says blamed the army for starting the latest round of fighting in Unity state.
A spokesman for President Salva Kiir says the news editor of Bakhita Radio was detained because a story aired by the station led listeners to believe that government troops triggered recent fighting in Bentiu by launching attacks on the opposition.
IGAD says it is particularly dismayed by the fact the fighting came hard on the heels of a visit by U.N. Security Council officials to South Sudan, who expressed disappointment with the country's slow progress towards peace.
On a first visit to South Sudan, members of the Security Council call the South Sudan crisis man-made and political and say it stems from a "failure of leadership."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the two sides in the South Sudan conflict have failed to take peace talks seriously and blasts them for failing to meet a 60-day deadline to set up a transitional government.
President Salva Kiir says opposition leader Riek Machar would have to wait and contest elections, due next year, if he does not accept a secondary position in the interim government, which has yet to be formed.
The opposition says it would welcome any investigations and would not protect anyone on its side who is found to have committed the atrocities documented in the report.
Human Rights Watch accuses both sides of brutal violence
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says it knows of at least 10 reporters, and "probably many more", who have been threatened or harassed over their reporting during the eight-month conflict in the country.
More than 200 aid workers have already been evacuated from the restive county, where at least six humanitarian workers were killed earlier this week in what appear to be ethnically targeted revenge killings.
Opposition negotiators come under fire as they boycott Day 2 of the slow-moving talks in Addis Ababa.
U.N. agencies say the militia group accused of killing at least six aid workers in Maban County is targeting its victims based on their ethnicity.
UN officials condemn killing, which comes as peace talks for South Sudan resume in Addis Ababa
Days before leaving for the United States, President Kiir accused the West of seeking to grab South Sudan's oil -- a statement a South Sudan official says was an unintended slip of the tongue and an analyst says is wrong-footed.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say in a joint report that the authorities in South Sudan have created a climate of fear for journalists working in the country.
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.