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Fresh Fighting Hits Key South Sudan City

Fresh fighting has broken out in South Sudan's key city of Bor, which the country's army reclaimed from rebels last week.

The clashes Tuesday follow renewed calls by the United Nations and African Union for an immediate end to the violence.

Statements from the U.N. Security Council and the A.U.'s Peace and Security Council late Monday said dialogue should begin immediately between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar.

The African Union also urged Mr. Kiir's government to release detained political leaders, and threatened to impose sanctions on those who continue to incite violence.

The East African bloc IGAD set a Tuesday deadline for the two sides to hold face-to-face negotiations, but there has been no indication that the deadline will be met.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni visited Mr. Kiir on Monday, and warned Machar to sign a cease-fire deal or face action from its neighbors.

The IGAD statement last week did not include a threat of force, but said the group would "consider taking further measures" if fighting continued.



The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Monday tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled Bor since violence broke out there last week between government troops and the Machar-backed force - the so called "White Army."

White Army youths are known for the white powder they use to cover their skin as an insect repellant. Like Machar, they are ethnic Nuers while President Kiir and his loyalists are ethnic Dinka.

The tribal violence erupted earlier this month, when the president accused Machar of attempting a coup. The United Nations says the fighting has left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.

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