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South Sudan sacks army chief after rebels seize oil hub

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir sacked his army chief on Wednesday after rebels seized a major oil hub, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter in which the UN says hundreds of civilians were massacred. Rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar seized Bentiu last week. The United Nations says they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, in a wave of ethnic killings.

White House 'horrified' by massacre of hundreds in South Sudan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday called the massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan an abomination and called for an end to the cycle of violence there. The United Nations said on Monday that rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic church. Rebel troops overran Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity State, on Tuesday.

Major international effort seen as crucial to end South Sudan carnage

As ethnic massacres in South Sudan spiral out of control and politicians lose their grip on rampaging militias, only a concerted international effort stands any chance of ending the four-month-old civil war, analysts say. The past week has been described by a senior UN official as the "most bleak" in South Sudan's short history, with pro-government gunmen storming a UN base in an attempt to kill thousands of terrified civilians and rebels accused of conducting massacres in churches, mosques and hospitals.

Major international effort seen as crucial to end South Sudan carnage

As ethnic massacres in South Sudan spiral out of control and politicians lose their grip on rampaging militias, only a concerted international effort stands any chance of ending the four-month-old civil war, analysts say. The past week has been described by a senior UN official as the "most bleak" in South Sudan's short history, with pro-government gunmen storming a UN base in an attempt to kill thousands of terrified civilians and rebels accused of conducting massacres in churches, mosques and hospitals.

US horrified at 'abomination' of violence in South Sudan

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations.

South Sudan peace talks delayed as rebels deny massacre

By Carl Odera and Michelle Nichols NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Sudan peace talks were delayed again on Tuesday as United Nations peacekeepers battle to protect some 22,000 civilians at a base in Bentiu, where dead bodies lined the dusty streets after an ethnic massacre during rebels' seizure of the oil town.

Worsening war in South Sudan

The world's youngest nation South Sudan is on the brink of collapse after four months of civil war, with battles spiralling into brutal ethnic massacres. Fighting broke out on December 15 in the capital Juba, later spreading to the north and east of the country. Here is a summary of key issues in the conflict. ORIGINS: The battles pitch troops loyal to President Salva Kiir against forces of sacked vice president Riek Machar, but also include many ethnic militias using child soldiers.

Distrust as Sudan's South Kordofan peace talks resume

Sudan's government and rebel teams met in Ethiopia Tuesday to restart the latest round of slow moving talks aimed at brokering peace in war-torn South Kordofan and Blue Nile, delegates said. Talks, which broke off last month without result, reopened Tuesday with rebels saying they were doubtful of any swift progress. "We are in consultations," rebel delegation chief Yassir Arman told AFP, who along with other leaders was sentenced to death in absentia last month.

UN calls for probe of S.Sudan massacre

The United Nations on Monday called for an investigation into the massacre of hundreds of civilians by rebel troops in northern South Sudan. According to the UN mission in South Sudan, troops loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar carried out the massacre last week in the oil town of Bentiu. More than 200 people were killed in a mosque and others in a church, in abandoned UN buildings and a hospital. The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) "strongly condemns these targeted killings," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

S.Sudan rebels slaughter 'hundreds' in ethnic massacres

Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred "hundreds" of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said Monday, one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, "more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded," the UN mission in the country said, adding there were also massacres at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Programme (WFP) compound.
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