African Union demands South Sudan sanctions, arms embargo

The African Union has demanded sanctions and an arms embargo be imposed on South Sudan`s warring leaders to stem an escalation in the country`s 17-month-old civil conflict.

South Sudan president warns sanctions will worsen war

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned that proposed international sanctions will only worsen the civil war ravaging his country.

UN accuses South Sudan of targeting base protecting civilians

The United Nations on Friday accused South Sudan`s rebel and government forces of targeting one of its bases sheltering civilians during a flareup of fighting, and demanded that those responsible face justice.

Intense South Sudan battles creating `catastrophe`, UN warns

South Sudanese government tanks backed by helicopter gunships have pushed back rebels from a key oil town, state television showed on Friday, as the UN condemned an "entirely man-made catastrophe."

US condemns worsening violence in South Sudan

The United States condemned intense fighting in war-wracked South Sudan, where government forces recaptured a key rebel enclave after a weeks-long assault marred by accusations of rights abuses.

UN says upsurge in South Sudan fighting `unacceptable`

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday strongly condemned a surge of fighting in South Sudan, branding the violence "unacceptable."

South Sudan rebels order oil workers out of war zone state

 South Sudan rebels ordered oil companies to evacuate staff from a northeastern battleground state Tuesday, but claims they were advancing to take key oil fields were dismissed by the government as "lies".

South Sudan rebels say killed 'many' government soldiers

South Sudanese rebels killed "many" government soldiers in three days of fighting in Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile State, a rebel military spokesman said on Monday.

Red Cross warns of looming food crisis in South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people forced to flee violence in South Sudan could go hungry, with fighting interrupting the planting season and cutting off supply chains, the Red Cross warned Monday.

South Sudan rebels in major assault on key town of Malakal

 Rebels in South Sudan have launched a large-scale attack on the strategic northern oil hub and state capital of Malakal, an official and aid sources said Saturday.

`Girls raped, boys abducted, towns torched` as South Sudan battle rages

 Gunmen in South Sudan have raped girls, seized boys to become soldiers and torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting seen in the 17-month-long civil war, the United Nations said Tuesday.

300,000 civilians in need of life-saving aid in South Sudan: UN

The UN said on Monday that at least 300,000 people have been left without access to aid in the South Sudan`s Unity state, as the agency had to evacuate humanitarian personnel due to escalating violence.

300,000 in South Sudan war zone `without aid` as UN pulls out

Over 300,000 South Sudanese civilians are without "life saving aid" in the northern battleground state of Unity, the United Nations said Monday, as it and aid agencies pulled out due to heavy fighting.

100,000 flee week of South Sudan fighting: UN

Up to 100,000 people have fled a week of heavy fighting in South Sudan`s civil war in the key northern oil state of Unity, the United Nations said on Friday.

Kerry in Kenya to offer help against militants: Officials

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday to offer help in countering Somali al Shabaab militants who have staged deadly attacks there and elsewhere in East Africa.

South Sudan leaders must strike deal for sake of nation: EU aid chief

South Sudan`s warring leaders must strike a compromise deal, the European Union`s aid chief said Saturday, warning the international community was running out of patience over the country`s civil war.

South Sudan opposition leader says under `house arrest`

A South Sudanese opposition leader who has spoken out against both sides in the civil war said Friday he appeared to have been placed under house arrest.

South Sudan attacks on aid workers worsening crisis: UN

 Attacks against aid workers in South Sudan are worsening hunger in the war-torn state, the World Food Programme said Wednesday, as it expressed "grave concern" for four missing staff members.

Fighting in South Sudan northern town: Reports

 Heavy fighting broke out Wednesday in South Sudan`s war-ravaged northeastern town of Malakal between rival factions of government troops, aid workers and local radio stations said.

International pressure mounts to end South Sudan war: Diplomats

Heavyweight international powers will pressure South Sudan`s leaders to end civil war, diplomats said Thursday, with the African Union, United Nations, United States and China to kickstart stalled peace talks.