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Rebels claim South Sudan troops broke cease-fire hours after it began

JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Rebel forces accused South Sudanese troops Friday of violating a cease-fire, less than a day after reaching an agreement to cease hostilities.

South Sudan, rebels reach agreement on cease-fire

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The government of South Sudan reached a cease-fire agreement with rebels Thursday, a trade organization that helped mediate between the two groups reported.

Hundreds drown in South Sudan while fleeing rebel forces

JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- At least 250 people drowned as they fled a town in South Sudan where they had been alerted rebel forces were expected to attack, officials say.
Secretary Kerry:"peace is the only option" for South Sudan

Secretary Kerry:"peace is the only option" for South Sudan

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry released a press statement Friday concerning the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan that the UN worries could be ethnically driven as tensions mount between the president's Dinka tribe and the ousted vice president's Nuer tribe.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns deadly attack on UN mission in South Sudan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns deadly attack on UN mission in South Sudan

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement on Friday condemning the attack on the UN mission's compound in Akobo that killed two Indian peacekeepers.
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Tribal war fears in South Sudan as rival army units clash

Tribal war fears in South Sudan as rival army units clash

JUBA, South Sudan, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Fighting between rival army units has spread to towns around the capital Juba with reports of 500 dead since Sunday, underlining the fragility of the world's youngest state and fears the violence will ignite a potentially disastrous tribal conflict.
500 dead from South Sudan violence as US Embassy evacuates American citizens

500 dead from South Sudan violence as US Embassy evacuates American citizens

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- South Sudan's Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that order had been restored following clashes earlier this week in the country's capital that left 500 dead and 800 injured.
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South Sudan manhunt on for ex-vice president after 'attempted coup'

JUBA, South Sudan, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Presidential Guard troops stormed the compound of former Vice President Riek Machar Tuesday after President Salva Kiir (desk: two I's is correct) Mayardit accused him of masterminding an attempted coup in the fledgling state's capital, Juba, a clash that could affect the country's oil industry, its economic lifeline.
Gunfire in South Sudan capital prompts U.S. Embassy to announce evacuation

Gunfire in South Sudan capital prompts U.S. Embassy to announce evacuation

Dec. 17 (UPI) --Gunfire continued in Juba, South Sudan yesterday, following a failed coup attempt by the former vice president, prompting an ordered evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Juba.
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Tribal leaders to begin talks with South Sudanese rebel group

JUBA, South Sudan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Officials in South Sudan say they began peace talks with a militia leader aimed at ending a two-year-long conflict in which more than 100,000 people have died.

Delays in forming new government in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, July 26 (UPI) -- The dismissal of South Sudan's cabinet has left a power vacuum in South Sudan, and government ministries are closed because employees say they fear violence.
South Sudan president fires government, including vice president

South Sudan president fires government, including vice president

JUBA, South Sudan, July 24 (UPI) -- South Sudan's president has issued a decree dismissing his entire government, including the country's vice president, a government spokesman said.
Sudan's Bashir to visit South Sudan

Sudan's Bashir to visit South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, April 2 (UPI) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is planning his first visit to South Sudan since its independence vote to discuss post-secession issues, officials said.

Sudan Army denies bombing

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The rebel Sudanese People's Liberation Army accused the army of Sudan of killing five people in the country's contested Kiir Adem region, a spokesman said.

South Sudan rejects more talks on Abyei

JUBA, South Sudan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Sudan has rejected a proposal on the future of Abyei and South Sudan will not hold any more talks on the contested region, says South Sudan's chief negotiator.
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Salva Kiir Mayardit
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Salva Kiir Mayardit (born 1951) is the President of autonomous Government of Southern Sudan and the successor to the post of First Vice President of Sudan, following the death of John Garang in a crash on 30 July 2005. A founding member of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), he was chosen by the SPLA leadership to continue the peace process that formally ended the Second Sudanese Civil War in January 2005. Like Garang, he is of the Dinka tribe, which is the most numerous in the south, but is from a different clan.

In the late 1960s, Kiir had joined the southern rebels in the First Sudanese Civil War. By the time of the peace deal of 1972, he had become an officer in the rebel forces and found a position in the regular army. When John Garang joined an army mutiny that he had been sent to quell in 1983 in Bor, Kiir joined with Garang to found the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and rose to head its military wing, the SPLA.

Kiir was involved in the early stages of negotiating the peace treaty that ended the civil war and is well-known to northern politicians. His selection by the SPLM leadership to succeed Garang was seen by analysts as a clear signal that they intended to keep the peace process on course, despite Garang's unexpected death. Kiir is speculated to be more in favour of South Sudanese independence, as opposed to autonomy within a federal Sudan, than was Garang. Because of his support for Southern independence he enjoys massive support from the population of Southern Sudan. He was sworn in as a Vice President of the Government of Sudan on 11 August 2005.

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