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US calls for political talks in South Sudan

Dec 24 2013, 11:12pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

Washington, Dec 25 — The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State...

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US calls for political talks in South Sudan

Dec 24 2013, 11:12pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

Washington, Dec 25 — The US urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar to end hostilities and hold political talks, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, is in the South Sudanese capital Juba to secure final commitment from Kiir and Machar to begin talks that could begin "in the coming days", Xinhua quoted State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki as saying in the statement Tuesday.

Kiir said he was ready to begin talks with Machar "without preconditions" to end the current crisis in South Sudan, Booth told reporters Monday.

Deadly clashes have escalated in South Sudan since Dec 15, following what Kiir's government claimed was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to Machar, who was dismissed in July.

"The US urges all parties in the crisis in South Sudan to implement an immediate cessation of hostilities," Psaki said.

An end to hostilities will offer critical humanitarian access to people in dire need and open a space for a mediated political dialogue between the opposing sides, she added.

The US also warns the leaders of South Sudan that those who seek to take or hold power by violence will not have US support and may violate international law, according to the statement.

The US moved additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa Monday to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from South Sudan.

A defence official told reporters that the extra forces moved to Djibouti would bring the total US troops in the region to 150, with 10 aircraft. Of those forces, about 45 US Army troops are in South Sudan providing security.

The US State Department said Sunday some 380 US officials and citizens as well as about 300 citizens of other countries had been airlifted out of South Sudan.

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Famine threatens South Sudan if conflict deepens - report

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By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Famine could strike another million people across South Sudan early ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Suda ...
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Vaccination Rates Drop in Trendy West L.A., As Low as South Sudan

Sep 17 2014 10:39am CDT | Source: Big Government

Anti-Vaxxer parents living in tony communities like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills are rejecting vaccinations for their children resulting in a disturbing spike in diseases such as whooping cough and measles. Parents are filling out vaccination exemption forms called a "personal belief exemption," (PBE) which allows children to forgo important vaccinations. The Atlantic reported that in some schools up t ...
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South Sudan Faces Hunger Crisis

Sep 6 2014 10:45am CDT | Source: Big Government

South Sudan’s civil war is forcing people to flee towns and villages, leading to a devastating food crisis. Over 4 million of the 11 million citizens in South Sudan face starvation, including 50,000 children. Unfortunately, the country is in the middle of rainy season. Food cannot reach people in need due to flooded roads, and farmers cannot plant food. Humanitarian groups drop food, which is more expensive, but it may be the only way for the people to eat. Nonetheless, the workers are no ...
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Home Alone: South Sudan teenager leads her young siblings to safety in Uganda

Sep 3 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

In humanitarian crises, children often get separated from their family. UNHCR and its partners are always looking out for such children, who urg ...
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According to United Nations estimates, the Islamic State, formerly referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has killed thousands of civilians — including children — in recent months. Many more civilians have been wounded and upward of half a million have been displaced by violence. The Islamic State is, of course, not alone in intentionally targeting civilians for violence. Groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, Boko Haram in Nigeria and opposition fig ...
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