Obama clears way for sanctions on S. Sudan rights abusers

A boy displaced by recent fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops carries empty water containers in Malakal, South Sudan, on March 30, 2014President Barack Obama cleared the way Thursday for US sanctions against anyone on either side of South Sudan’s civil war who targets UN peacekeepers, threatens peace moves or abuses human rights. The move comes several weeks after the United States and the European Union warned of sanctions if President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar did not make progress in peace talks and adhere to a ceasefire deal. White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement that fighting between the two sides threatened to tear their young nation apart.

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