The United States government has placed sanctions on South Sudan Vice President Taban Deng Gai over alleged human rights abuses.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of a number of prisoners following the inspection of an inmate facility in Juba.
An oil pipeline break in South Sudan is causing environmental damage and health problem, just two months after the rupture of another pipeline in the same region.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government in February, even if they fail to resolve ongoing political disputes.
South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million in funds to integrate rebel forces into the national army.
The UN food security agency fears more than 5.5 million people in South Sudan could face hunger in 2020.
The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on five South Sudanese nationals over their alleged involvement in the execution of two government critics.
UN peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan’s northern Lakes region following a spate of violence that has killed 79 people and injured more than 100.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has condemned attacks in South Sudan against aid workers and called for increased protection after workers were targeted by armed men at the weekend.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling upon authorities in South Sudan to release journalist it says has been arbitrarily detained.