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.

US tells South Sudan rivals to resume peace talks

 The US envoy to South Sudan on Wednesday urged South Sudan`s warring leaders to resume peace talks, and repeated warnings they could face sanctions for prolonging their civil war.

UN Security Council warns of sanctions after S. Sudan talks fail

 The UN Security Council deplored Tuesday the collapse of peace talks between South Sudan`s warring factions, and once more threatened sanctions.

War-torn South Sudan`s Parliament extends President`s term to 2018

South Sudan`s Parliament voted Tuesday to extend President Salva Kiir`s mandate by three years, an official said, formally ditching any plans for elections this year in the civil war-torn country.

Unicef says South Sudan govt, rebels kidnapping kids to fight

South Sudan`s army and rebels have stepped up the kidnapping of children to fight in the country`s civil war, with hundreds snatched from villlages in the last month alone, the UN children`s agency said Friday.

South Sudan rebels say civil war will go on

South Sudan`s devastating civil war is likely to drag on, the country`s rebels said Thursday, declaring international peace efforts a failure.

South Sudan peace talks collapse

South Sudan's warring leaders failed to reach a deal to end more than a year of civil war, mediators said today, with the latest collapse in peace talks paving the way for possible sanctions.

South Sudan peace talks adjourn without agreement

 Peace talks between South Sudan`s government and rebels adjourned on Friday and there was no date set for the next meeting, a mediation official said.

South Sudan stalemate ahead of peace talks deadline

Peace talks aimed at ending 15-month civil war in South Sudan appeared stalemated on Thursday with hours to go before a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal expires.

UN Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

The UN Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and asset freezes on officials in the conflict-torn country or an arms embargo.

UN moves to slap sanctions on South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to slap sanctions on South Sudan`s warring factions, ratcheting up pressure as a deadline loomed to reach a peace deal.

89 school children abducted by South Sudan militia: UNICEF

An unidentified South Sudan armed group has abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their homes in the north of the country, UNICEF said Saturday.

British aid worker shot dead in South Sudan: Colleagues

 A British aid worker in war-torn South Sudan was shot dead late Tuesday in the capital Juba, colleagues said.

South Sudan bans journalists from interviewing rebels

South Sudan`s government on Monday threatened to silence journalists if they broadcast interviews with rebels involved in the civil war.

Warring forces in South Sudan `recruiting children`: Rights group

 South Sudan government and rebel forces are both recruiting children as young as 13 to fight in the country`s civil war, a rights group said Monday in a report rejected by the government.

South Sudan calls off elections, aims to extend president's term: Govt spokesman

South Sudan has called off elections due in June and its cabinet plans to ask parliament to extend President Salva Kiir`s term, a government spokesman said, as a violent power struggle between Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar rumbles on.

South Sudan cabinet postpones vote, extends president's term: Minister

South Sudan`s cabinet on Friday postponed elections and extended President Salva Kiir`s powers for two years, the information minister said, apparently sinking a peace agreement aimed to end 14 months of war.

South Sudan journalist arrested: Colleagues

South Sudanese security forces have arrested a leading journalist for reportedly trying to cover a protest amid warnings of a growing press crackdown, colleagues and rights groups said Thursday.

War-torn South Sudan cracks down on media: Rights group

Journalists in war-torn South Sudan are facing growing pressure with reporters killed or attacked and newspapers closed or threated, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

Shelling in South Sudan oil town: Defence minister

 Rebel fighters in South Sudan bombarded government positions Tuesday in the oil town of Bentiu, where 53,000 civilians are sheltering inside a United Nations camp, the defence minister said.