South Sudan rebel chief misses deadline to return

South Sudan rebel leader Riek MacharSouth Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar missed an international deadline to return to Juba on Saturday to become vice-president under a peace deal hoped to end war, claiming the government denied permission. Machar, who appeared at an airport in Ethiopia ready to return home to the capital, said the government in Juba failed to grant him clearance to fly despite monitors completing the required weapons verification. “I’m very disappointed,” said Machar, wearing an open-necked orange shirt instead of military uniform, adding he hoped to fly on Monday.

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