South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has declared a three-month state of emergency in his home state, where clashes have raged for months between clan-based militias, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.
A South Sudan military court has begun the trial sessions of 13 government troops suspected of raping foreign aid workers and murdering a local journalist in the capital Juba last July, as the world's youngest nation is still striving to restore stability and maintain security amid a four-year-long deadly civil war.
United Nations satellite images obtained by The Associated Press show at least 18,000 structures have been destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan. It is one of the most significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in the country's civil war.
Norway's foreign minister says South Sudan's leaders have inflicted a massive humanitarian crisis on the population threatened by a famine, adding that a stop in fighting in the civil war is needed urgently.