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South Sudan’s government-delegation leader Nhial Deng Nhial (left) and the rebel-delegation leader Taban Deng Gai (right)  shake hands after signing a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire yesterday to end more than five weeks of fighting that divided Africa’s newest nation and broug(...)

Children displaced by the unrest in Bor county play around boats in the port of Minkaman. 
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in 
the

the 
violence
 in South Sudan
, aid sources and analysts estimate. It has also displaced 413,000, 
according to

according to 
the UN
.  Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

More than 200 women and children drowned when their overloaded boat capsized on the Nile as they scrambled to escape fighting in South Sudan, offic(...)

People displaced from fighting in Bor wash themselves in the White Nile river in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan yesterday. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

At least 200 people died when a boat ferrying people fleeing reports of violence in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state sank, an army spokesman said. The (...)

A displaced woman waits for medical attention at an emergency clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres at Tomping camp in Juba, where some 15,000 displaced people who fled their homes are sheltered by the United Nations. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

South Sudan has rejected rebel calls for an immediate release of detainees after the two sides met briefly for the first time yesterday seeking to end(...)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (left) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (centre) in Juba, South Sudan, for talks to aid efforts for a ceasefire deal. Photograph: Phillip Dhil

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, while China has called for an immed(...)

Grang Demebiar (centre), son of late Sudanese politician John Garang, at the opening of South Sudan’s negotiations in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa on Saturday. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Gunshots rang out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, for about an hour yesterday as peace talks between rebels and the government to hammer out a ceasefi(...)

US citizens board a Marine Corps plane during a partial evacuation of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Staff Sgt Robert L Fisher III/ US Marines via The New York Times

An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan said that direct talks between the sides have been d(...)

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

South Sudan’s government and rebels finally began talks today to end weeks of bloodletting after days of delay as the United States ordered out more o(...)

A South Sudan army soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, 497km (308 miles) northeast of the capital, Juba, earlier this week. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

Rebels in South Sudan are forcibly recruiting civilians to march on the capital, the military said, even as representatives of the warring factions ga(...)

South Sudanese vice-president James Wani Igga holds up a flag the government claims is of the rebel forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, at a press conference in Juba. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

South Sudan’s army fought yesterday with the “White Army” ethnic militia, accusing rebels of mobilising the force despite its offer of a truce to end (...)

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