US Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his airplane upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on April 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB
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Fears of genocide and famine in war-torn South Sudan dominated the agenda Thursday of US Secretary of State John Kerry, as he launched an Africa tour focusing on the continent's most brutal conflicts.Addis Ababa is the headquarters of the African Union, and in meetings Thursday Kerry is expected to discuss conflicts not only in South Sudan, but also in Central African Republic (CAR), Somalia and DR Congo.The United States was instrumental in helping South Sudan gain independence, and Kerry is expected to try to press the negotiators at dragging peace talks.The war has taken on a bitter ethnic dimension, pitching the Dinka people of Kiir against the Nuer of Machar, but the diplomat said the heart of the conflict was rather a personal "Riek Machar-Salva Kiir battle".
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