A United Nations peacekeeper keeps guard outside the Bor camp for the internally displaced in Bor town Jonglei state, South Sudan, April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carl Odera
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South Sudanese government forces said Sunday that they had overrun the key rebel base of Nasir and the northern oil hub of Bentiu, following a major offensive that defied international peace efforts.The attack comes days after Kiir agreed during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to hold direct talks with Machar on ending the civil war in the world's youngest nation.Nasir, situated close to the border with Ethiopia, has been one of the main bases for Machar's rebel army.The conflict erupted on Dec. 15, when Kiir accused Machar of attempting to stage a coup.
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