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(...)

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(...)

A man from Dinka tribe holds his AK47 rifle in front of cows in a Dinka cattle herders camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

South Sudan’s government said today it will start a major offensive to retake two strategic towns controlled by rebels loyal to former vice president (...)