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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S. Sudan Rebels Want Prisoners Released at Peace Talks

Sudanese vice president Riek MacharADDIS-ABABA — Releasing their imprisoned colleagues will be a top priority for South Sudanese rebels during peace talks that are to start Friday in Ethiopia.  The government arrested some pro-rebel officials during the initial outbreak of fighting in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, last month.

Delegates of former South Sudanese vice president Riek Machar see the release of detained prisoners as an important goal during the peace talks.

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