South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda

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KIGALI: Renewed fighting in South Sudan that has claimed more than 300 lives is set to dominate an African Union summit due to open on Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali. A shaky ceasefire has held since late Monday following the fighting that raged for four days in the South Sudanese capital Juba, leaving hundreds dead and forcing 40,000 to flee their homes. The violence echoed the fighting that triggered the civil war and marks a fresh blow to last year’s deal to end the bitter conflict that began when President Salva Kiir accused ex-rebel and now Vice President Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

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