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U.N. Security Council diplomats expected in South Sudan this week

Photo© Joshua Lott/AP/SIPAU.N. Security Council diplomats are expected to visit South Sudan this week, a foreign affairs ministry spokesman said on Wednesday without giving any details on the purpose of the trip.

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South Sudan seeks $300 million in external support for budget

Photo©Karel Navarroa/AP/SIPASouth Sudan's government wants $300 million in aid and loans to support its next budget, as it seeks to stabilise the country which has been scarred by civil conflict since achieving independence in 2011.

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Riek Machar, South Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for medical treatment

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPASouth Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, Sudan's Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday.

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South Sudanese turn to roots and leaves

File photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAThousands of people who fled fighting in South Sudan's Lote state, have resorted to eating leaves and roots as they battle hunger, a Catholic priest in the East Africa country has said.

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South Sudan seeking $1.9 bn loan from China

Photo©AP/SIPASouth Sudan plans to ask China for a $1.9 billion loan - a sum equal to more than a fifth of its national output - to be used for infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, its foreign affairs minister said on Tuesday.

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African Union to deploy troops to South Sudan

United Nations soldiers patrol Juba for security protection of civilians with the Mission's Nepalese Force Protection. Photo: Eric Kanalstein/AP/SIPAThe African Union (AU) has agreed to send a regional force to South Sudan after a recent outbreak of fighting left the country in danger of returning to civil war.

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East Africa's IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudan's capital

File photo©AP/SIPAEast Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that will secure Juba, that country's capital.

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Spotlight on South Sudan's Riek Machar

Riek Machar. Photo©CorbisSouth Sudan's fragile peace deal depends on how Riek Machar, the vice-president, and his erstwhile enemy, President Salva Kiir, can get along and build a framework for the country's future.

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South Sudan's piecemeal peace between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar

Salva Kiir (L) Riek Machar (R). Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan's president Salva Kiir has re-appointed Riek Machar as his vice president after two years of bloody ethnic conflict. However, despite this positive step, plenty of pitfalls must yet be navigated to create a the lasting peace that has so far remained illusive.

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South Sudan: Riek Machar wants Uganda's Museveni to play bigger role

Riek Machar says he'll only return to Juba if he is named first vice president. Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar says he would only return to the country's capital, Juba when President Salva Kiir's government has met all agreements around constitutional reform.

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South Sudan Country Profile 2015: The war drags on

altThe year 2015 looks to be one of continued instability in South Sudan.

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South Sudan: AU investigators find evidence of forced cannibalism and torture against president

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir. Photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) has released a damning report on South Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir, following a two-year long investigation into the causes of the on-going civil war and atrocities perpetrated.

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South Sudan's faltering peace

File photo©ReutersA faltering peace process may deepen the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, donor agencies warned, as civilians become a subject of violence, which includes rape and abductions in the world's newest nation.

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South Sudan: Decentralisation creates 28 states

The decentralisation plan announced by President Salva Kiir will see the creation of 28 states from the current 10. Photo©ReutersA decentralisation initiative by South Sudan has seen the country being divided into 28 states and up from 10, a move that has drawn the ire of the opposition.

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Barack Obama to broker South Sudan peace and agreement

Photo©ReutersUS President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.

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South Sudan: Warring parties near deal

Riek Machar (L) and Salva Kiir (R). File photo©ReutersSouth Sudan's warring factions have intensified efforts to conclude their peace negotiations with president Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar expected to hold make or break talks in Ethiopia.

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Uganda denies massing troops in South Sudan along Sudan border

Ugandan troops based in South Sudan are not massing along the Sudan border, Ugandan military officials said on Tuesday, after Sudan's state news agency reported 16,000 Ugandan soldiers were due to arrive near the frontier.

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South Sudan tribes demand federalism

South Sudan tribal leaders have recommended that the country adopts federalism to promote peace.

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South Sudan: Mediators express concern about ceasefire violations

The conflict has rumbled since December 2013 despite several commitments President Salva Kiir’s government and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar. Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan peace talks mediators have expressed concern about ceasefire violations in the war-torn country saying they threaten prospects of peace.

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East Africa's Faustian counter-terrorism pact

Despite the bold talk about South Sudan, there is little prospect of accountability.

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