South Sudan ceasefire takes effect after eleventh-hour clashes

A ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal civil war in South Sudan has come into effect, hours after fresh clashes between government forces and rebels, which sparked concern for a hard-won peace deal.

South Sudan Army ordered to end fighting ahead of ceasefire
South Sudan Army ordered to end fighting ahead of ceasefire

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement, his spokesman said, ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday.

Maternal tetanus elimination in India will save lives: UN

Lauding India for eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a senior UN official has said the country's "landmark achievement" will save the lives of countless mothers and their newborns.

South Sudan president signs peace deal despite concerns

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan`s president signed a peace deal on Wednesday to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony that he had "serious reservations".

South Sudan president signs peace deal, with reservations

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace accord Wednesday to end 20 months of civil war, but also issued a list of "serious reservations" and warned the deal might not last.

UN council to `act immediately` if S. Sudan peace deal not signed

The UN Security Council on Tuesday piled pressure on South Sudan`s president, warning it was ready to "act immediately" if he does not sign a deal to end the 20-month war ripping apart the world`s youngest nation.

South Sudan president to sign peace deal on Wednesday: Spokesman

South Sudan`s President Salva Kiir has finally agreed to sign a peace deal and power-sharing accord to end a 20-month civil war, his spokesman said Tuesday.

South Sudan journalist slain after president `threatened to kill` reporters

 Gunmen shot dead a South Sudan reporter in an apparently targeted attack, colleagues said Thursday, days after President Salva Kiir publicly threatened to kill journalists who reported "against the country".

South Sudan`s president say he will sign peace accord

The president of South Sudan has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that he intends to sign a peace accord meant to end the civil war in that country, the State Department said Wednesday.

South Sudan peace deal: Key points to end war
South Sudan peace deal: Key points to end war

South Sudan`s government has until early September to sign a peace deal or face possible international sanctions.

US, Britain push for UN sanctions on South Sudan

 The United States and Britain pushed for UN sanctions against South Sudan`s government Tuesday, over its failure to sign a peace deal to end a brutal two-year civil war.

Forget egos, sign peace deal: Uganda tells South Sudan leaders

Uganda told South Sudan`s warring factions on Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal to end a 20-month-old conflict.

US warns S Sudan President over refusal to sign peace deal

The United States urged South Sudan`s President Monday to sign a peace deal with rebels within two weeks to end 20 months of brutal civil war.

South Sudan govt refuses to sign peace as sanction deadline ends

South Sudan`s government refused to sign a peace deal with rebels Monday despite the threat of international sanctions, but will return to finalise an agreement within 15 days, mediators said.

South Sudan's warring leaders to sign compromise deal

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and his political rival are expected to sign a peace agreement in Ethiopia on Monday, say mediators.

South Sudan rivals hold peace talks on deadline day

 South Sudan`s warring rivals held peace talks on Monday in a bid to broker a deal to end its civil war, hours ahead of deadline to avoid possible sanctions.

South Sudan government to continue peace talks, but not president

South Sudan`s government said Saturday it would continue with peace talks to end a 20-month civil war, but without President Salva Kiir attending, his spokesman said.

South Sudan govt suspends peace talks despite sanctions threat

 South Sudan`s government said Friday it was pulling out of peace talks to end a 20-month long civil war after rebel forces split despite international threats of sanctions.

South Sudan government suspends peace talks after rebel split

South Sudan`s government said on Friday it was pulling out of peace talks to end a 20-month long civil war after rebel forces split despite international threats of sanctions.

South Sudan lifts aid blockade: UN

South Sudan`s army has lifted a more than a month-long aid blockade into rebel areas, the UN said Friday, warning of a "dire situation" as fighting continues despite ongoing peace talks.