UN in South Sudan sees possible deal but no peace

The UN mission in South Sudan is bracing for ongoing fighting even if a political deal is reached between rival leaders, the new head of mission said Wednesday.

Warring South Sudan leaders accept `responsibility` for civil war

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival rebel chief Riek Machar said Monday they accepted mutual responsibility for a 10-month civil war in which thousands of people have been killed.

UN demands safe release of abducted staff in South Sudan

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the World Food Program (WFP) Friday strongly condemned the recent abduction of their staff at the airfield in Malakal, and demanded the safe release of those still being detained, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.

Gunmen seize UN worker in war-torn South Sudan

Gunmen have seized a United Nations worker in war-torn South Sudan, the World Food Programme said on Friday in a plea for his release.

Sleeping in a swamp: South Sudan civilians struggle to survive

 Inside the barbed wire, knee-deep mud sucks at the legs of the nearly 50,000 South Sudanese who live in the cramped, fetid camp, protected by United Nations peacekeepers.

War-torn South Sudan passes tough security laws: Reports

 South Sudanese lawmakers have passed tough new laws granting security forces sweeping powers to arrest without a warrant, a bill that rights groups have condemned as "flawed", reports said Thursday.

South Sudan bill gives security forces `excessive` powers: Amnesty

South Sudanese lawmakers have proposed granting security forces the ability to make "virtually unrestricted powers of arrest" in the war-torn nation, Amnesty International warned Wednesday, calling a bill under debate "flawed".

US unveils $83 mn in aid for S Sudan

The United States on Monday unveiled some $83 million in new aid for South Sudanese refugees who have fled fighting triggering fears of a looming famine.

South Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting

Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops.

UN says China not yet deploying peacekeepers in South Sudan

China will send 700 soldiers to a U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan later this year to protect civilians amid a rebellion in the African country, a U.N. official said on Wednesday, denying a report they were already being deployed.

UN warns of South Sudan famine after aid helicopter downed

War-torn South Sudan faces possible famine early next year, the UN chief in the country warned Thursday, as aid workers said the shooting down of a UN helicopter threatened efforts to save lives.

S Sudan warring forces trade blame over UN helicopter crash

Warring forces in South Sudan traded blame Wednesday for the crash of a UN helicopter in which three crew died, although investigations have yet to confirm if it was shot down.

Heavy fighting in South Sudan amid sanctions warnings

South Sudan`s civil war entered its ninth month Friday with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles, diplomats said, days after UN warnings of sanctions if the conflict continues.

UN Security Council pessimistic on swift South Sudan peace deal: Envoy

UN Security Council envoys said Wednesday they had little hope of a swift end to South Sudan`s eight-month long conflict, despite threatening sanctions during meetings with the warring leaders.

UN Security Council threaten South Sudan leaders with sanctions

UN Security Council envoys warned South Sudan`s warring leaders today they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

US deeply concerned by failure of South Sudan peace talks

Expressing deep concern over the failure of South Sudan peace talks, the US has asked the country`s warring factions to forge an agreement soon after they missed a deadline to form a unity government.

John Kerry slams `outrage` of failed South Sudan peace deal

The United States has lambasted South Sudan`s warring factions after they missed a key deadline to forge a unity government.

UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war.

South Sudan food crisis worst in the world: UN

South Sudan`s food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council has said as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.

Almost 7 million need aid in Sudan: UN

Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing aid in Sudan, the UN said today.