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S. Sudan president urges rebel chief to resume peace talks

The leader of South Sudan's largest rebel group, former vice president Riek Machar, speaks during a press conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on May 31, 2014South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday urged rebel chief Riek Machar to restart talks to end a raging civil war between their forces that has driven the country to the brink of famine. “Even if Riek Machar’s forces still continue attacking our forces, I still renew my call for him to accept the logic of peaceful resolution,” Kiir told crowds at celebrations to mark three years of independence. South Sudan has been wracked by war since mid-December, when presidential guards loyal to Kiir clashed with troops supporting Machar, who fled to the bush and rallied a huge rebel army. Three ceasefire deals have failed to stick, and peace talks in luxury hotels in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa have made little progress.

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