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Buhari urges peace in South Sudan as hundreds die in fresh violence

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed for peace in South Sudan amid a fresh outbreak of violence that has killed hundreds of people and threatens to push the country back to civil war. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in the country on Monday between troops loyal to President…

Scores killed in South Sudan fighting, gunfire erupts in capital

At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan's rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians. A government source said on Sunday that heavy gunfire erupted again in the city and many residents sought shelter at a UN base. The fighting first broke out on Thursday…

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Massive killings mar Independence Day in South Sudan

Fierce overnight artillery and gunfire fight has left more than 100 soldiers dead in South Sudanese capital, Juba, on the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. The fight started on Friday evening as President Salva Kiir, first Vice president Riek Machar and second Vice President Igga Wani, met to discuss…

Ban Ki Moon appoints Nigerian to lead UN investigation in South Sudan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Abiodun Bashua of Nigeria to lead the special investigation into the attack against the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which is protecting civilians at Malakal. The announcement is contained in a statement made available in New York. According to…

South Sudanese rebel leader sworn in as Vice President

Riek Machar, South Sudanese rebel leader, has been sworn in as the country's Vice President, in a move to end his 28-month conflict with President Salva Kiir. A UN-operated Radio Miraya and journalists at the airport said on Tuesday in Juba that Machar was sworn in immediately after flying to…

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Buhari to South Sudan: Look beyond oil to grow economy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the South Sudanese Government to invest more in agriculture and not to solely depend on oil revenues to grow the nation’s economy. A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said Mr. Buhari made the call when…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

South Sudan president fires foreign minister

​S​outh Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Wednesday fired his foreign minister who had held his post through the country's 27-month civil conflict, a media report said. In a presidential decree read out on national television, Mr. Kiir gave no reason for firing Barnaba Marial and also did not say who…

Buhari warns against collapse of South Sudan peace agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged that he and other members of the African Union High-Level Consultative Committee on South Sudan would ensure that the peace agreement signed by the various political factions in the country is successfully implemented. Receiving South Sudan's first vice president, Riek ​Machar​, in Abuja, Mr.…

New wave of violence displaces thousands in South Sudan, says UN expert

A UN independent expert in Sudan has warned that in the last two weeks, a new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur. NAN reports that independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN…

South Sudan: Testimonies of war, survival, separation, and reunification

By Jonathan Hyams Today, the 15th of December, is the second anniversary of the outbreak of war in South Sudan. In a mere two years, thousands of people have been killed, including 1,457 children, millions displaced, including 1,550,000 children, 16,000 children recruited by armed groups, 413,000 children forced out of…

Nigeria to help South Sudan in debt management

Nigeria will assist South Sudan in managing its huge debt profile and develop its bonds market, the director-general of the Debt Management Office, DMO, Abraham Nwankwo, has said. Speaking on Tuesday when he received a South Sudan delegation on a study tour, Mr. Nwankwo stressed the need for cooperation among…

Buhari urges compliance with South Sudan peace agreements

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Abuja said that Nigeria will continue to work in close collaboration with the African Union and the international community for the achievement of reconciliation and lasting peace in South Sudan. Speaking at an audience with the United Nations' High Representative for South Sudan, Alfa Konare,…

Cholera patients in hospital ward

Cholera outbreak kills 18 in South Sudan

The South Sudan Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that no fewer than 18 people have died of Cholera in the country’s Central Equatorial State. South Sudanese Health Minister, Riek Gai Kok, said that over 171 cholera cases have been confirmed, declaring an outbreak of the highly contagious infection. The…

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14,000 South Sudanese flee to Sudan – UNHCR

The UN High Commission for Refugees has reported that some 14,000 South Sudanese, mainly women and children, fled into Sudan over the weekend, describing the situation as emergency within an emergency. Briefing correspondents on Monday in New York, UN Spokesman, Stephane DuJarric, said the UNHCR registered close to 160,000 refugees…

Obasanjo meets Sudanese President over instability in Africa

The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, at the weekend hosted former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in Khartoum to discuss insecurity and instability in Africa, especially the crisis in Libya which has adversely affected other parts of Africa. Briefing local and international media after the private meeting which lasted over 30…

South Sudan to call off elections

The spokesperson for the South Sudan government, Michael Makuei, has said that the government planned to call off the elections scheduled to hold in June. He announced on Saturday in Juba that the government was also planning to ask the parliament to extend President Salva Kiir’s term of office. Mr.…

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CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars wins first leg in Juba

The Nigerian League defending ​c​champions, Kano Pillars, defeated opponent, Al-Malaika​,​ at home in an away match played in Juba, South Sudan. The race to the next round of the tournament started when the home team started displaying skills and dominated the first half which ended in a 0-0 draw. The…

UN secures release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday in Bangui that it had secured the release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan. It said more than 12,000 children are believed to have been recruited to fight over the past year. UNICEF said the 3,000 child soldiers who are…

UN agencies seek $810m to help South Sudan refugees

Humanitarian agencies are seeking $810 million from donors to aid South Sudanese refugees in 2015. This was disclosed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Antonio Guterres. Mr. Guterres warned that unless armed hostilities ended and a peace agreement was reached, total refugee outflow to neighboring countries could reach…

South Sudan accuses Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, of hacking, forgery

Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, is currently embroiled in a major controversy as South Sudan government officials accuse the company of forgery and hacking of official e-mails. In a letter addressed to South Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benjamin Barnaba, and dated October 10, 2014; the country's Minister of Information and…

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Obama authorises $50 million humanitarian aid to South Sudan

This would bring the total U.S. humanitarian aid since the start of the conflict in South Sudan to some $433.6 million. (more…)

Obasanjo-led South Sudan Commission in Juba amidst renewed violence

The commission was established by the AUC Chairperson, Dlamini Zuma, on March 6. (more…)

Sochi 2014: UN Secretary General calls for peace during winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics starts February 7 (more…)

Nigeria offers N320 million to support post-conflict African countries

The Minister of State of Foreign Affairs says Nigeria is committed to support countries A war zone in Africa (more…)

South Sudan ceasefire deal stalled over release of political detainees

The rebel leader wants political detainees released before a deal (more…)