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50,000 children facing death in war-torn South Sudan: UN

More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations warned Saturday as it begged for over a billion dollars to support those hit by six months of civil war. War in the young nation has already killed thousands……

U.N. calls for using drones to help humanitarian missions stay safe

U.N. peacekeeping missions should deploy more drones and state-of the art technology to become more effective, limit boots on the ground and keep aid workers safer, their chief said Thursday. On International Day of UN Peacekeepers, staff paid tribute to more than 3,000 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, including…

South Sudan’s president signs peace accord with rebel leader

South Sudan’s president and rebel chief signed a ceasefire deal Friday vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, under international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide. President Salva Kiir and rebel boss Riek Machar were congratulated for inking a deal “ending the war”, said head…

9,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan war, UN says

Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan's brutal four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN's human rights chief said Wednesday. "More than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by……

Bodies litter liberated South Sudanese town

In the shade of a tree close to the slow waters of the White Nile river, a body killed during the fighting over South Sudan’s town of Bor gathers flies. On the bumpy road towards the heavily fortified compound of the United Nations peacekeepers, another body of man lies beside…

U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned warring factions in South Sudan that reports of crimes against humanity will be investigated, as eyewitnesses spoke of a wave of brutal ethnic killings. The secretary general asked the Security Council to nearly double the size of the UN mission in the country,…

Nations scrambling to get residents away from violence in southern Sudan

Battles between rival ethnic groups spread across South Sudan on Friday as foreign governments scrambled to get their nationals away from reported slaughters and a refugee buildup. African ministers pushed President Salva Kiir to start talks with his former vice president Riek Machar. But the death toll mounted and the…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

Rep. Wolf accuses Sudan of new ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON — A US congressman pleaded Monday for action to bring food to thousands in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, accusing the Khartoum government of new “ethnic cleansing” after a visit to the region. Representative Frank Wolf said he went last week to the Yida refugee camp across the border in…

Sudan closer to war than peace with south: Bashir

Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said on national television on Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions. “The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace,” he said. Bashir…

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