First official South Sudanese women’s football tournament kicks off in Juba | AFP

For the first time, the city of Juba hosts the first women’s football tournament since the country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Seven teams representing different states in South Sudan are participating in this tournament.

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South Sudanese civilians forced from homes | AFP

Displaced South Sudanese civilians recount how they have suffered at the hands of government soldiers during counter-insurgency operations. The NGO Human Rights Watch has documented cases of rape and sexual violence by soldiers, as well as extensive looting and arson.

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Pope Francis kisses South Sudanese leaders’ feet pleading for peace

Pope Francis stunned visitors to Vatican with a grand gesture of humility by kneeling down to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s formerly warring leaders as a plea for peace.

‘I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward,’ the 82-year-old pontiff told President Salva Kiir and his rival, the former rebel leader Riek Machar on Thursday.

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Basketball: Australia proving fertile talent pool for US

If you ask Australian teens who their favourite basketball player is, US superstars like LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz. But it is local names like Ben Simmons, Patty Mills , Dante Exum and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker who have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians as they compete with hopefuls from Europe and elsewhere for a career in the sports most lucrative league.

Rebel Leader Riek Machar Denied Permission to Return to Juba

After nearly a week of false starts and confusion, South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar finally arrived at Ethiopia’s Gambela airport on Saturday to fly to Juba to take up his position as vice president, theoretically ending the country’s two-and-a-half year civil war. But a series of administrative disagreements with the rival Juba government of president Salva Kiir has prevented his journey, throwing the success of the long hoped-for peace process into doubt.

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Riek Machar Discusses His Return to South Sudan’s Capital

South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar is expected to return to Juba to form a unity government led by president Salva Kiir, a crucial step toward ending a violent civil war.

However his return to South Sudan has been delayed due to disagreement with the government over the number of troops he can bring and the weapons they carry, under the terms of a peace agreement.

VICE News traveled to Machar’s rural base in Pagak, South Sudan, to find out what will happen next.

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