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    1. World Cup debutants South Sudan draw

      AFP via Yahoo! SportsOct 08 08:23 AM

      World Cup debutants South Sudan drew 1-1 at home to Mauritania on Thursday in the first leg of an African qualifier that took 19 hours to complete. Play resumed at 1100 local time (0900 GMT) Thursday and the remaining 80 minutes did not produce any more goals, leaving Mauritania favourites to progress after the October 13 second leg. In a dramatic start to the first round tie, Boubacar Bagili ...

    2. South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar. Photographer: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

    3. South Sudan's WCup qualifying debut ended early by rain

      The Associated Press via Yahoo! SportsOct 07 10:34 AM

      South Sudan's debut in World Cup qualifying will have to be played over two days after it was abandoned after just 10 minutes because of heavy rain on Wednesday with the score 1-1 against Mauritania. Mauritania led after three minutes and South Sudan equalized in the fifth before the weather forced the first-leg game to be called off in the South Sudanese capital Juba. The world's newest nation...

    4. Sudan inflation climbs to 13.1 pct year/year in September

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsOct 07 07:39 AM

      Sudan's annual inflation rate rose to 13.1 percent in September from 11.3 percent in August, the Central Statistics Office said on Wednesday. Prices soared in Sudan after South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of the country's oil output, the main source of foreign currency used to support the Sudanese pound and to pay for food and other imports. The latest increase in ...

    5. Footballing newcomers South Sudan are set to make their World Cup debut Wednesday at home against Mauritania when the African qualifiers for the 2018 tournament in Russia kick off. The national team was formed only three years ago and celebrated a first competitive victory last month by defeating Equatorial Guinea in an Africa Cup of Nations preliminary tie. Atak Lual Wol Tong, among the South ...

    6. Mired in civil war for 21 months, its oil-based economy in tatters, South Sudan is an unlikely source of upmarket coffee capsules for European consumers. Hollywood actor George Clooney –- an advocate for South Sudan and the public face of the Nespresso brand -– launched the initiative two years ago. "There is a real opportunity here," Clooney said in July 2013.

    7. South Sudan opposes drones for UN peace mission

      AFP via Yahoo! India NewsOct 09 09:59 AM

      South Sudan told the United Nations Friday that it opposed the use of surveillance drones to help track ongoing fighting in the world's youngest nation. The comments came as the Security Council approved a resolution that asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deploy more helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to strengthen the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). South Sudan's Ambassador...

    8. South Sudan starts unlikely quest to reach 2018 World Cup

      The Associated Press via Yahoo! SportsOct 06 12:21 PM

      A month after celebrating its first win in a competitive game, South Sudan will make its debut in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday as Africa's lowest-ranked countries begin their quests to reach soccer's biggest tournament. None of them are expected to make it to the World Cup in Russia in 2018, but for South Sudan this is still a big moment. The world's newest nation only gained independence ...

    9. JUBA, South Sudan (AP) South Sudan earned a draw in its World Cup qualifying debut, holding Mauritania to 1-1 Thursday, a day after the game began and was then abandoned because of heavy rain.

    10. South Sudan play 'match for unity'

      BBC NewsOct 07 03:47 AM

      South Sudan's first World Cup qualifier is a "match for unity" amid the continuing civil war, says the head of the country's football association.

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