Regional African leaders in South Sudan in peace attempt


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for talks with the country's president in an attempt to bring an end to two weeks of fighting between government forces and those loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

The rebels have control of Bentiu, the capital of the of oil-rich Unity state, while battles have been reported in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, another key oil region. South Sudan exports 220,000 bpd of crude, although the violence has led to a sharp drop in output.

The arrival of the regional leaders comes after the U.N. pledged to double its presence in South Sudan with 6,000 more soldiers and police amid fears that thousands have been killed by the fighting and amid a major refugee crisis.

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