A South Sudan youth blows a horn during celebrations marking three years of independence in Juba on July 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AYMERIC VINCENOIT
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The European Union Thursday imposed travel bans and asset freezes on two South Sudanese military leaders it said were violating cease-fire pacts put in place to stop fighting that has killed thousands.Clashes erupted in the capital Juba in December pitting the government forces of President Salva Kiir against supporters of Riek Machar, his former deputy and long-time rival.Peace talks between Machar and Kiir produced few results and stalled after they last met in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa in May and agreed on a cease-fire. The EU said an existing arms embargo against South Sudan would also remain in place.In May, the United States imposed sanctions against Peter Gadet, an army commander loyal to Machar, and Maj.
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