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 President Salva Kiir says he is not bound by the agreement signed in Arusha last week to reunify the SPLM political party to reinstate officials fired at the beginning of the conflict.
Caretaker governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal is refusing to step down, saying lawmakers' attempt to get him to leave office violates state's constitution
The U.N. Mission in South Sudan says five of the 11 people killed in the ambush in Western Bahr el Ghazal were local journalists, including two women reporters.
President Salva Kiir blames rebels loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar for violating cessation of hostilities agreement signed on Jan. 23, 2014.
Victims of the attack in Western Bahr el Ghazal state were shot, then slashed with machetes, before their bodies were set on fire, witnesses and medical staff say.
Spring production expected to deliver 60 tons of honey - double the volume of an initial batch of exports last year to Kenya
While women’s empowerment is official theme, Ebola and terrorism will dominate agenda
Members of the SPLM hail the agreement, signed in Arusha, Tanzania, as a step toward a lasting peace deal for South Sudan.
A government spokesman says the Unity State attack shows the rebels are not serious about ending the fighting in South Sudan. The rebels say they were defending themselves against government attack.
Officials from different factions of the SPLM, which overwhelmingly dominates South Sudan politics, have been holding talks in Arusha, Tanzania since October to try to iron out their differences.
Rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar deny involvement in the clashes, which they say has claimed the lives of many civilians, including women and children.
The SPLA says rebels loyal to Riek Machar crossed from Unity state to Lakes state - which has been relatively peaceful throughout the 13-month conflict - and attacked a village.
Alfred Taban says security officials charged articles are 'against the system,' ordered Juba Monitor closed.
The deployment is the first ever of a Chinese infantry battalion to a U.N. peacekeeping mission, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says.
The government and rebels blame each other for starting the fighting in oil-producing Upper Nile state, which comes amid new international efforts to end the 13-month-old conflict.
Report from Frontier Economics estimates conflict could cost country up to $28 billion during next five years and effects of war could result in losses of $158 billion during next 20 years
President Salva Kiir names David Deng Athorbei head of the finance ministry, and moves the current finance minister, Tisa Aggrey Sabuni, to a presidential advisory position.
Warring factions agreed to accelerate negotiations on forming a transitional government and to work to end hostilities
Guor Mading Maker ran under the Olympic flag at the London Games in 2012 but says the South Sudan federation has suspended him over a training stipend.
Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih has received death threats because of his work, but like the slain Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, he refuses to lay down his pen.
The transitional constitution requires a census be held before the upcoming general elections but officials say the ongoing conflict has prevented them from doing a population count.
Some of the more than 134,000 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda oppose holding elections while South Sudan remains in turmoil.
Nearly 30 NGOs send letter to president
Parliamentary minority leader Onyoti Adigo Nyikwak says holding elections in June would further divide the country.
The funds will expand services at the Juba Teaching Hospital, the main medical center in South Sudan, one of few hospitals in the nation.
Both sides blame the other for starting the latest fighting, as the conflict in South Sudan goes into a second year.
Opposition officials say there should be no vote while the conflict is still ongoing, and a prominent think-tank wonders where the government will get the $517 million is has allocated for the polls.
Key moments from a tumultuous year in the world's newest nation.
The report by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says children are being deliberately targeted in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
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.