The scene of a cargo airplane that crashed after take-off near Juba airport in South Sudan on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing at leas(...)

Rebel soldiers last year with Nuer civilians as they walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift UN camp for the displaced. Photograph: Matthew Abbott/AP

A new report has laid bare the scale of the atrocities committed during South Sudan’s 22-month civil war, detailing rape, torture, mutilation and inst(...)

The African Union report  disputes there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former vice president Riek Machar. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan with evidence of horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, according to a report(...)

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir (left) and leader of South Sudan’s largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Uganda told South Sudan’s warring factions on Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal (...)

A shopkeeper with little to sell to customers who have little money to spend in Wau Shilluk, a village where the population has swelled with refugees, in South Sudan, on June 17th. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

In places where the fighting is fiercest, no one is even attempting to count the dead. Nearly half the population of the world’s newest nation, South(...)

Malnourished children receive treatment at the Leer Hospital, South Sudan. NGO’s say a proposed law to regulate aid ‘could cost lives’. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

Aid agencies working in South Sudan have warned that a new Bill introduced by the country’s parliament could prevent charities from providing basic(...)

 As many as  12,000 children – most of them boys – have been used as soldiers by armed groups in  South Sudan over the past year. Photograph:  Samir Bor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called “one of the largest ever demob(...)

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (right) and South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (left) hold a priest’s hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations in South Sudan is readying aid for towns ravaged by conflict but is waiting to see if a new ceasefire deal holds between the presi(...)

South Sudanese refugees: the fighting between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar has exacerbated ethnic tensions between Mr Kiir’s Dinka people and Mr Machar’s Nuer. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sough(...)