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U.S. to Impose Sanctions on South Sudan

Washington, DC, April 3, 2014 (SSNA) -- The president of the United States Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order, clearingthe way for the U.S. to impose sanctions against anyone the Obama’s administration sees as a threat to peace in the war-wracked South Sudan.

The order also threaten to punish people who target the United Nations’ peacekeepers and those who commit atrocities, including human rights violations.

The move comes less than four months after fighting broke out in Juba late last year.

“Those who threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan, obstruct the peace process, target U.N. peacekeepers or are responsible for human rights abuses and atrocities will not have a friend in the United States and run the risk of sanctions”, the White House said.

The sanctions will include visa bans, asset freezes, among others.

The European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), Norway, and the United Nations (UN) are also reported to issue their own sanctions against the young nation.

South Sudan’s warring facions signed a ceasfire on the 23rd of January 2014, but, both sides have accuse each other of breaking the truce.

South Sudan Rebels Deny the Killing of their Leader; Accuse Sudan Tribune of ‘Irresponsible Journalism’

Addis Ababa, April 1, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have denied the death of their leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurghon, and described the report as fake and unfounded.

The deputy spokeperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM/A-O), Mabior Garang de Mabior, has issued a statement, condemning Sudan Tribune for what he calls a bogus news.

The Sudan Tribune has on Tuesday reported that South Sudanese rebels’ leader Dr. Riek Machar is dead; asserting that a plain clothes shooter (man) with a rifle was responsible.

In a strongly worded statement, Mabior denies the killing of Dr. Machar and lashed out at the ST.

“The SPLM – SPLA [in opposition] would like to caution the Sudan Tribune as this is in poor taste and irresponsible journalism”, Mabior says in the statement.

“The SPLM – SPLA [in oppositon] condemns in the strongest terms the reports by Sudan Tribune today 01/04/2014 that: “Dr. Riek Machar has been found dead”. The SPLM – SPLA [in opposition] further assures the people of South Sudan, the Region and the World that Commander Dr. Riek Machar is safe and in good health”, he continues.

Mabior, the son of South Sudan's revered leader, late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, further urgued that the so called “April Fools” is not a custom in South Sudan and therefore should be treated as such.

“The societies of South Sudan are not accustomed to the tradition of April Fools and such a report could further negatively impact the security situation in the country”, Mabior added.

However, the ST blames the report on a “hacking”, claiming that somebody may have hacked into their website and published the report.

South Sudan Rebels Recapture Malakal, Government Troops on the Run

Malakal, February 18, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces loyal to the South Sudanese Former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar have recaptured Malakal in the early hours of Tuesday.

The rebels seized the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile State early Tuesday after days of fierce fighting. The government of South Sudan depends heavily on oil revenues.

A rebel commander who spoke to the South Sudan News Agency on condition of anonymity said their troops have defeated combined forces of Uganda and South Sudan stationed in Malakal.

“They are running toward Paloch and our forces are pursuing them”, the source said.

Rebels demand the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan and want the four remaining political prisoners released. But, Uganda refuses, asserting that it has interests in the young nation and that Juba also requests military help from Kampala.

Senior figures of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party who are still in government custody are: Majak D’Agoot, Pagan Amum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, and Oyai Deng Ajak.

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