Dozens of soldiers reportedly killed following clash between rival factions in South Sudan

Forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar and a splinter group have clashed in South Sudan, but the two sides gave conflicting reports on Saturday – with each claiming to have killed dozens of soldiers from the other side. The latest clashes, threatening the country’s fragile peace process, occurred in Magenis in the Upper Nile… Read More Dozens of soldiers reportedly killed following clash between rival factions in South Sudan

South Sudan leaders promise peace as nation marks independence anniversary

South Sudan’s two most powerful politicians gave assurances on Friday that they would not lead the country back into war as they marked its 10th birthday, and Pope Francis said he would visit if they did more to maintain a fragile peace. Violence exploded in South Sudan in late 2013, two years after it seceded… Read More South Sudan leaders promise peace as nation marks independence anniversary

South Sudan swears in former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir swore in former rebel leader Riek Machar as his first vice president on Saturday after the two men agreed to form a unity government, a move that could definitively end years of fighting in the country. Riek and Machar had repeatedly pushed back deadlines to form a government of national… Read More South Sudan swears in former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president