South Sudan

South Sudan Rebel Leader Wants Detainees Released as Condition of Ceasefire

Tensions continue


South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar's demand for the release of detainees remains a stumbling block to a cease-fire deal aimed at halting violence in the world's youngest state, a U.S. envoy said Sunday.

More than three weeks of fighting, often along ethnic fault lines, has pitted President Salva Kiir's SPLA government forces against rebels loyal to former Vice President Machar and has brought the oil-exporting nation close to civil war.