• KERRY IN SOUTH SUDAN IN PEACE BID

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    JUBA: US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to war-torn South Sudan on Friday in an effort to bring about a ceasefire and halt the country’s slide towards genocide and famine. The unannounced visit is seen as the most determined push yet for a truce in the four-month-old civil war, which has seen the world’s youngest nation collapse amid a brutal cycle of war crimes including widespread ethnic massacres, rape and child soldier recruitment. On arrival in Juba, Kerry headed into a meeting with President Salva Kiir, an Agence France-Presse correspondent said. US officials said he would also be holding telephone talks with rebel leader Riek Machar, and brandishing the threat of targeted sanctions against both sides in the conflict.

    AFP

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