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More Than 100 Killed as Shooting Erupts Outside Peace Talks

South Sudan fears return of civil war

(Newser) - Soldiers brought scores of bodies to a hospital in South Sudan's capital after gunfire erupted throughout Juba on Friday evening, a doctor at the hospital said Saturday, as panicked residents worried of a return to civil war. The morgue is full at Juba Teaching Hospital, the doctor said, but... More »

Obama Eyes 'Further Action' in South Sudan

Almost 700 evacuated, including 380 Americans: State Department

(Newser) - With South Sudan facing the threat of a civil war, the US evacuated its citizens from the country over the weekend, and Washington is prepared to intervene further on Americans' behalf, President Obama told Congress in a letter. "I may take further action to support the security of US... More »

UN: 500 Killed in South Sudan Clashes

Ethnic violence follows coup attempt

(Newser) - Fighting in South Sudan has killed up to 500 people, according to the United Nations, which fears the violence in the oil-rich East African country is "largely along ethnic lines." The US has ordered its citizens to leave the country immediately . The president of South Sudan—the world'... More »

South Sudan Knocks Back Coup Attempt: Top Official

Former VP led effort: foreign minister

(Newser) - Disgruntled soldiers and politicians led by a former vice president attempted to overthrow the South Sudanese government, a top government official said today, as sporadic fighting continued between factions of the military in the latest violence to hit the world's youngest nation. Some troops within the main army base... More »

South Sudan Is Born

New nation celebrates its birth at midnight

(Newser) - The world has a new nation: South Sudan. Thousands of South Sudanese citizens celebrated today's milestone with a massive street party, reports AP . "This is a great day for me because it's a day that reflects the suffering that all southerners have had for almost 50 years,... More »

Sudan Voters Overwhelmingly Back Secession

In some districts, more than 95% in favor

(Newser) - It looks like the world is about to have a new country. Early vote tallies released from southern Sudan yesterday lean overwhelmingly toward secession, the New York Times reports. In the regional capital of Juba, more than 95% voted to break away. The full vote tally won’t be announced... More »

UN Chief to Visit Darfur Camp

Ban wants to witness plight first hand

(Newser) - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit a refugee camp in Darfur to see for himself the plight of displaced people there and conditions facing UN peace keepers who will arrive next year. Ban, who's in Sudan on an official visit, is playing a double role, encouraging the Sudanese... More »

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