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South Sudan’s Kiir rejects calls to withdraw troops

By Hannah McNeish / AFP JUBA: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir rejected calls Thursday to pull out from contested border regions, but said he did not want war with Khartoum, whose warplanes bombed a Southern town for the first time. Three days of heavy fighting between rival armies this week, the worst since South Sudan …


Battles raging on disputed border, 2 Sudans say

By Michael Onyiego / AP JUBA: Battles raged Wednesday along the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan, officials from both countries said, and a South Sudan official said the fighting is “spreading all over.” The two sides fought a civil war that lasted decades, and any increase in sporadic border clashes raises the risk …


Sudan halts talks with South after ‘most serious’ attack

By AFP KHARTOUM: Sudan’s parliament on Wednesday called a halt to negotiations with South Sudan, official radio reported, as the foreign ministry accused Juba of the worst violation of its territory since independence. “Parliament decided to stop negotiations and withdraw the delegation immediately from Addis Ababa,” Radio Omdurman reported after a second day of renewed …


Push to bring Sudan, South Sudan into crisis talks

By Jenny Vaughan / AFP ADDIS ABABA: African Union mediators Sunday redoubled their efforts to kick start crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after fresh fighting that Khartoum accuses Juba of backing. Teams from both nations have been in the Ethiopian capital since Saturday, but so far there have been no bilateral Khartoum-Juba talks. Each …


Sudan, S.Sudan pledge peace as crisis talks delayed

By AFP ADDIS ABABA: African-brokered crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after days of border clashes were delayed Thursday but the rival sides pledged to stop an escalation into full-blown war. The talks in the Ethiopian capital were likely to be deferred because chief mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, could only reach …


Bodies, destroyed tanks at scene of Sudan battle

By Abdelmoneim Abu Edris Ali / AFP HEGLIG: Dead bodies and destroyed tanks lay in Sudan’s southern oil centre of Heglig on Wednesday after government forces and South Sudanese troops clashed along the border, sparking international alarm. Smoke still rose from a damaged residence at the battle scene. An AFP reporter observed the damage while accompanying …


Egypt’s Citadel to grow staple crops in South Sudan

By Ulf Laessing / Reuters JUBA: A unit of Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital plans to cultivate up to 40,000 acres of farmland in South Sudan to sell staple foods such as maize in the newly-independent nation, an executive said on Tuesday. South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July under a peace agreement that ended …


South Sudan accuses Khartoum of air strikes, troop incursion

By Hannah McNeish / AFP JUBA: Sudanese fighter jets have bombed oil and water wells deep inside South Sudan and its ground troops have crossed into contested oil-rich border regions, South Sudan officials said Thursday. But Khartoum swiftly denied the claims. Border tensions have mounted since South Sudan split from Sudan in July after decades of …


South Sudan rebels sign truce deal with government

By AFP JUBA: South Sudan has signed a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten the stability of the world’s newest nation, the government said on Tuesday. The deal to integrate an estimated 1,800 guerrilla fighters into the South’s army comes after rebel chief and renegade general George Athor was killed by …


South Sudan militia head ‘surrenders,’ toll soars

JUBA: A top militia leader has surrendered in south Sudan after clashes that killed more than 160 people, the army said on Monday, as the soon to be independent nation reels from a string of bloody battles. The deaths over the past week have come in fighting between the south’s army and two separate militia …


Oil-rich South Sudan must weigh progress versus environment

By Francois Ausseill/ AFP BENTIU: South Sudan officials are concerned at the environmental damage being caused by the oil industry and are promising a tough new line if the oil-rich region gains independence next year. Their potentially rich but grossly underdeveloped region is in a quandary. Its desperately poor people, mostly subsistence farmers and cattle grazers, …


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