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Sudan Warns Could Shut S.Sudan Border over 'Insurgent Support'

Sudan warned Thursday it could shut its border with South Sudan just weeks after reopening crossings, accusing Juba of backing insurgents battling Khartoum.

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011 under a peace deal that ended a 22-year civil war, but Juba and Khartoum have traded allegations the other is supporting rebels on their territory, which both deny.

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Indonesian Leader Holds Talks with Sudan's Bashir

Indonesia's leader Monday held talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, with Jakarta defending having invited him to a summit of Muslim countries.

Bashir met President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian foreign minister briefly on the sidelines of an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Jakarta.

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'Catastrophic' Fighting in S. Sudan's Pibor Town, Says MSF

Fighting raged for a second day Wednesday in the eastern South Sudan town of Pibor, injuring at least 35 people and forcing some 1,000 others to shelter in a U.N. base, medical charity MSF said.

The violence erupted on Tuesday in the town in Jonglei state, one of the flashpoints in the civil war which has torn the world's youngest nation since December 2013.

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Amnesty Slams S.Africa for Failing to Arrest Sudan Leader

Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned countries in southern Africa for treating anti-government activists as "criminals" while hosting leaders accused of genocide such as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"Whilst activists in Angola, Swaziland and Zimbabwe were rounded up on the streets, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir was permitted to travel unhindered to the AU (African Union) conference in South Africa," the rights agency said in its annual report.

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Hopes for Peace as S.Sudan President Names Rival as Deputy

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million forced from their homes since war between the rivals broke out in December 2013, pushing the world's youngest nation to the brink of famine.

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Two Years of South Sudan War with Peace on Paper Only

They came for a night fleeing fighting, hammering on the gates of the United Nations base as gunmen rampaged through South Sudan's capital killing and looting.

Two years later, over 185,000 people are sheltering inside U.N. camps across the country, still too frightened to leave.

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Sudan Peace Talks Break without Deal, Says African Union

Peace talks between Sudan's government and rebels have adjourned without a deal after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia, African Union mediators said Tuesday.

Rebel factions from the war-torn western Darfur region as well as the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), fighting the government in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since 2011, met with government delegates from Khartoum.

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Famine Looms in S. Sudan War Zones as Aid Agencies Blocked

Weeks after U.N.-backed experts warned that thousands are dying of starvation in South Sudan war zones, aid agencies say they cannot access areas to stave off famine because of "spiraling" violence.

Last month, U.N. agencies said 30,000 people were starving to death in Unity state, with Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) experts warning of a "concrete risk of famine" before the end of the year if fighting continues and aid does not reach the hardest hit areas.

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War Crimes, Forced Cannibalism in S.Sudan Conflict

Both government and rebels in South Sudan carried out war crimes against civilians and should face justice, an African Union human rights inquiry has said.

The AU's Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan lists a string of abuses, including forced cannibalism and dismemberment, in its report, published late Tuesday.

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Khartoum Says 70 Sudanese Have Joined IS Group in Total

Sudan's Interior Minister Ismat Abdul Rahman said Monday that 70 young Sudanese have joined the Islamic State group since the jihadist organization’s emergence, traveling to Syria and Libya.

Several groups of students from Sudan -- some holding western passports -- are thought to have traveled to Syria via Turkey to join the IS group, but this is the first time Khartoum has given a figure.

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