People wait for food distribution in the village of Dablual, South Sudan.
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The U.S. special envoy to South Sudan said Thursday that patience has run out over the country's civil war, pressing the message that the warring parties were running out of time to strike a deal and stop fighting.Regional mediators, backed by U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, have given South Sudan's rivals until Aug. 17 to stop the 19-month-old civil war.South Sudan's warring leaders – President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar – effectively face an ultimatum, a "final best offer," according to one senior U.S. official.South Sudan, midwifed into existence by U.S. cash and support in 2011, has faltered badly in its infancy, and the Obama administration has been accused of abandoning the fragile nation.
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