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    1. The walls are lined with spectators as the sun hangs low in the sky. It is 5.30pm on a Friday at the wrestling arena in Hajj Yousif, Khartoum, Sudan and the air is thick with anticipation as two wrestlers circle one another at the center of the sand-filled ring -- bowed forward, with their eyes locked and foreheads just millimeters from touching.

    2. South Sudan Rebels Commit to New Peace Deal

      Voice of AmericaSep 03 11:22 PM

      South Sudan rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar say they are committed to the implementation of the peace deal signed last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This came as a three-day workshop on transitional security arrangements in South Sudan gets under way Saturday in Addis Ababa. Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the secretary for foreign affairs of the Sudan People’s Liberation ...

    3. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" on Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two. The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other ...

    4. US readies new UN sanctions on South Sudan

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsSep 04 11:30 AM

      The United States is preparing a new UN sanctions list for South Sudan after a ceasefire failed to take hold under a new peace accord aimed at ending the 20-month war, diplomats said Friday. US Ambassador Samantha Power told the Security Council during a closed-door session that two more individuals could be hit by UN sanctions for their role in the continued fighting, according to diplomats ...

    5. Will the new deal end conflict in S Sudan?

      Al Jazeera via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsSep 05 02:18 AM

      By demanding effective implementation of the deal, S Sudanese people could end the impunity of public officials.

    6. Kerry warns South Sudan leader on ceasefire

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsSep 03 04:03 PM

      US Secretary of State John Kerry rang the president of South Sudan on Thursday to warn him to respect an oft-broken ceasefire. The UN Security Council is to meet on Friday to discuss the latest fighting, having already threatened to impose sanctions on any parties imperiling a deal to end the nearly two-year war. Under the agreement signed by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, a...

    7. S. Sudan rebels accuse army of violating ceasefire

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 30 08:07 AM

      South Sudan rebels on Sunday accused the army of violating a ceasefire just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river. Whenever they see our positions on the banks, they shell," said rebel spokesman Dickson Gatluak. The spokesman added that the rebels would on Monday report the situation to the regional eight-nation IGAD bloc which helped broker ...

    8. September 3, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese and South Sudanese foreign ministers will visit Moscow next week for talks on bilateral relation with Russia and ways to finalise the implementation of cooperation agreements. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Thursday told reporters that Sudan's foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Marial ...

    9. US warns South Sudan warring parties on ceasefire

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsSep 01 02:11 PM

      The United States on Tuesday warned both sides fighting in South Sudan to down arms or face sanctions that have already been authorized by the UN Security Council. A truce aimed at ending the brutal civil war between government and rebel forces in South Sudan, the world's newest nation and one of its most troubled, came into effect on Saturday. The US State Department did not attribute blame for...

    10. South Sudan fighting persists as cease-fire approaches: UN

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsAug 29 10:14 AM

      JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Violent clashes continued between South Sudan's warring factions Saturday before a cease-fire is to come into effect on Sunday, U.N., government and rebel officials said.

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