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South Sudan army admits loss of key oil town of Bentiu

South Sudan's army said Wednesday rebels had wrested control of the key oil town of Bentiu, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict. The town, capital of oil-producing Unity state, is the first major settlement to have been retaken in a renewed offensive by forces of rebel leader Riek Machar, a former vice-president. "We are moving forward to retake the town ...

Humanitarian situation in South Sudan 'extremely worrying' as rainy season

British Red Cross: The approaching rainy season in South Sudan is set to exacerbate an already vast humanitarian crisis, the British Red Cross has warned. Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless by fighting in the world's newest nation, while millions are ...

In 60 Days, South Sudan will Starve

Care2.com: There is a looming crisis in South Sudan that, if not dealt with, could rival some of the worst famines in recent history. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) and the WFP (World Food Program) released a statement earlier this month ...

US evacuates more South Sudan embassy staff as fighting continues

The US ambassador, Susan Page, is remaining in the capital Juba, but the military evacuated approximately 20 diplomats, staff and their families Paul Lewis Spencer Ackerman

Eritrean seeking safe-passage to Sudan was led into a nightmare

KASSALA, Sudan, 16 April (UNHCR) – After 20 members of her religious congregation were imprisoned in Eritrea, Semret knew she had to flee to the safety of Sudan. The 25-year-old woman left on foot with a smuggler recommended by a friend – straight ...

South Sudan rebels order oil shutdown, battle over town

Times of Oman: Before fighting broke out in the young nation, which won independence from Sudan less than three years ago after a decades of civil war, oil provided more than 95 per cent of its government budget. Koang said the rebel army "urges all oil companies ...

EU aid chief says race against rain to stop famine in South Sudan

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Humanitarian aid groups are in a "race against the rain to prevent famine" in impoverished South Sudan where violence has displaced more than one million people in the past four months, European Union aid chief Kristalina Georgieva said. The conflict in the world's youngest country erupted in December between troops backing President Salva Kiir and ...

Humanitarian Leaders Warn of Looming Famine

Voice of America: The United States joined the European Union and United Nations to issue an urgent call last weekend for more countries to pledge humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands in South Sudan the western agencies say are now threatened by famine.

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South Sudan rebel chief vows to take key oil fields, capital

New Vision: The leader of South Sudan's rebels has vowed to attack the capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, warning in an exclusive interview with AFP that the civil war will not end until the country's president is removed from power. Former vice president ...

South Sudan rebel chief vows to take key oil fields, capital

Yahoo News: Upper Nile (South Sudan) (AFP) - The leader of South Sudan's rebels has vowed to attack the capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, warning in an exclusive interview with AFP that the civil war will not end until the country's president is removed ...

South Sudan rebel leader vows to take key oil fields, capital

Yahoo News: Upper Nile (South Sudan) (AFP) - The leader of South Sudan's rebels has vowed to attack the capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, as he warned the civil war will not end until the country's president is removed from power. "If we are to remove ...

South Sudan rebel chief vows to take key oil fields, capital

Upper Nile (South Sudan) (AFP) - The leader of South Sudan's rebels has vowed to attack the capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, warning in an exclusive interview with AFP that the civil war will not end until the country's president is removed from power. Former vice president turned rebel chief Riek Machar branded his arch rival, President Salva Kiir a "dictator" and said he saw "no ...

South Sudan rebel leader vows to take key oil fields, capital

Upper Nile (South Sudan) (AFP) - The leader of South Sudan's rebels has vowed to attack the capital Juba and target crucial oil fields, as he warned the civil war will not end until the country's president is removed from power.

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South Sudan Rebels Claim Seizing Oil Hub Bentiu

Voice of America: In a VOA interview , spokesman James Gatdet Dak said the opposition is attempting to shut down all oil production in South Sudan because it does not want the government to use revenues from oil sales to buy weapons. He said opposition fighters have ...

South Sudan Rebels Urge Oil Shutdown After Seizing State Capital

Businessweek: South Sudan's oil output has fallen by about a third since fighting erupted on Dec. 15 between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Machar. The country is currently producing about 160,000 barrels per day from Upper Nile, the ...

South Sudan Rebels Urge Oil Shutdown After Seizing State Capital

Bloomberg: South Sudanese rebels seized the capital of oil-rich Unity state, demanding companies in government-held territory suspend crude production and evacuate staff within a week. Rebels allied with former Vice President Riek Machar took control of Bentiu ...

South Sudan rebels say seize oil hub Bentiu, tell foreign firms to go

Reuters: Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million displaced since fighting erupted in South Sudan in the middle of December, triggered by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.

South Sudan rebels take key town

Officials in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, believed to have defected as violence spreads after alleged coup attempt South Sudan's military says it no longer controls a key town in a rural state where fighting has spread in the aftermath of what the government says was an attempted coup mounted by soldiers loyal to a former deputy president. The authorities in Bor, the state capital of Jonglei ...

South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu and Order Oil Workers to Evacuate

Rebels in South Sudan claim to have seized the oil-rich hub of Bentiu and ordered oil companies to halt operations. Brig Gen Lul Ruai issued an ultimatum to oil companies, that they should evacuate all their staff within a week or "risk forced shutdown and the safety of their staff". "The recapturing of Bentiu marks the first phase of liberation of oilfields from [the] anti-democratic and ...

South Sudan rebels say seize oil hub Bentiu, tell foreign firms to go

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels said on Tuesday they have seized the capital of oil-producing Unity state, Bentiu, and warned oil firms to pack up and leave within a week. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million displaced since fighting erupted in South Sudan in the middle of December, triggered by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir ...

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Khartoum critical of IGAD's approach in South Sudan negotiations

Sudan Tribune: April 15, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has sharply criticised the role of the regional block, the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, warning of the gravity of the situation in the ...

NGOs urge South Sudan to ratify African Charter

Sudan Tribune: April 15, 2014 (JUBA) – Local and international organisations in South Sudan on Tuesday urged president Salva Kiir to ensure his country ratifies the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). The appeal was made in a petition issued ahead ...

South Sudan rebel chief vows to seize oil fields

Press TV: Riek Machar said that war in South Sudan would not end unless President Salva Kiir was removed from power, AFP reported on Tuesday. "If we are to remove the dictator, Juba is a target, oil fields are a target," Machar said, referring to Kiir. "We are ...

South Sudan: UN official calls ongoing violence 'an outrage' to country's people

UN News Centre: 15 April 2014 – The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba today.

South Sudan: UN official calls ongoing violence an outrage to countrys people

The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba today.

Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub

Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.

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S. Sudan admits losing Unity state's Bentiu to rebel forces

Sudan Tribune: April 15, 2014 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese government official has officially admitted that rebel forces were "in control" of Bentiu, the strategic oil-rich capital of Unity state. JPEG - 19.8 kb; South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar gestures as he ...

Rebels say they have recaptured Unity state's Bentiu from South Sudan army

Sudan Tribune: April 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels say they have seized control of Unity state capital Bentiu following heavy clashes with government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir. JPEG - 11.6 kb; Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) on ...

S. Sudan army denies attacking rebels in Unity state

Sudan Tribune: April 14, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson on Monday dismissed rebel claims that its forces instigated the fighting that erupted Sunday near an oil refinery under construction in Unity state. JPEG - 20.7 kb; A South Sudanese ...

Rebels say they have recaptured Unity state's Bentiu from

April 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels say they have seized control of Unity state capital Bentiu following heavy clashes with government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir. The spokesperson for rebel leader ...

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