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South Sudan political rivals agree on unity government

Political rivals in South Sudan have now agreed on a unity government months after signing a deal to end the civil war in that country. President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a transitional government on Wednesday. The two leaders held their first face-to-face talks in months in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, according to government officials. The information minister said the new administration would be in place by mid-November, with hopes it would end the current political crisis in that country. A peace agreement was…

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President Salva Kiir accuses UN workers in his country of siding with rebel fighters seeking to overthrow him.

President Salva KiirThe relationship between South Sudan and the United Nations (UN) is souring during a critical time of conflict and mass death inside the world’s newest country. 

After a month of fighting between President Salva Kiir’s government and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, the UN suddenly finds itself under verbal attack from South Sudan.

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UN says South Sudan civilians tied and shot in war

 Vice President Riek MacharA UN rights envoy in South Sudan said Thursday he had seen bodies in the streets that had been tied before being shot as the global body stepped up warnings over rights abuses.

The UN has accused both sides of carrying out atrocities in the conflict that started on December 25 between President Salva Kiir and deposed vice president Riek Machar.

Amid mounting reports of mass killings in several towns, UN assistant secretary general Ivan Simonovic said 92 UN investigators are in the country and a first report would be released in about two weeks.

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