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Is relief in sight for war-ravaged Sudan? Thursday's peace talks will tell

Sudan and rebels from South Kordofan are to meet Thursday for their first peace talks in almost a year, aiming to end a war that has affected more than one million people. The Ethiopia negotiations come two weeks after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir appealed for a political and economic "renaissance," with peace as the top priority, in his war-ravaged and poverty-stricken nation. Diplomats say the Addis Ababa talks signal recognition within Bashir's 25-year-old regime that its current course is unsustainable.

UN says it has credible sources reporting that child soldiers are participating in the South Sudan crisis

A top UN rights envoy in South Sudan said child soldiers are fighting in the more than month-long conflict, with mass killings reported to have taken place. "The reports that we have come across involve mass killings, extrajudicial killings, widespread destruction and looting, and child soldier recruitment," the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters.

GlobalPost Explainer: What's going on in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya — Yes, the events in South Sudan in recent weeks have been confusing, as well as depressing. Here's a quick explainer on what's going on, and why it matters.

Gunfire erupts in South Sudan capital, no sign of talks start

JUBA — Sustained gunfire was heard in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Sunday, as peace talks between rebels and the government faced further delay in neighboring Ethiopia.

South Sudan: ‘White Army' abandons march on Bor

“In Jonglei, Riek Machar has been mobilizing the so-called White Army, the Lou Nuer youth, and has been moving with them toward Bor with the intention of launching a second attack on Bor,” South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer told Voice of America on Saturday.

'Thousands' killed as South Sudan slides toward civil war

Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed in more than a week of violence, with reports of bodies piled in mass graves, the UN said as it moved to nearly double its peacekeepers there. Large areas of South Sudan remain out of the government's control amid fears the young nation was sliding toward civil war, though Juba said its forces had recaptured the strategically important town of Bor from rebels on Tuesday.

South Sudan: Civil war is looming in the world's newest nation

NAIROBI — A descent into turmoil and the possible resumption of civil war in South Sudan is worriying regional governments that fear the instability will spread.

US aircraft hit by gunfire in South Sudan as conflict worsens

JUBA, South Sudan — Three US aircraft came under fire from unidentified forces on Saturday while trying to evacuate Americans from a spiraling conflict in South Sudan. The US military said four of its members were wounded in the attacks.

Aircraft attacked, four US service members injured in South Sudan

Unidentified shooters fired at an aircraft on a mission to evacuate American citizens from restive South Sudan on Saturday, injuring four US service members, according to the US military. "After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," the military's Africa Command said in a statement, according to Reuters. 

3 Indian peacekeepers killed in South Sudan as rebels seize control of provincial capital

New York-based Human Rights Watch noted Thursday that government soldiers were targeting civilians belonging to Machar’s Nuer ethnic group in the clashes in Juba, while rebel soldiers in Bor targeted civilians who are Dinka, like South Sudan President Salva Kiir.
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