South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses a news conference at the Presidential palace in Juba, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
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Warring rivals in South Sudan missed a key deadline Saturday to forge a unity government, with rebels rejecting President Salva Kiir's creation of new regional states as fighting continues.The rivals were supposed to form a government by January 22, but rebels say Kiir's near tripling of the number of regional states in December undermines a fundamental pillar of an August power-sharing deal to end two years of civil war. Despite the August agreement fighting continues, with the conflict now involving multiple militia forces who pay little heed to paper peace deals and are driven by local agendas or revenge attacks.United Nations rights monitors this week added more details to a long list of horrific abuses in the more than two-year war.Earlier this week the United Nations said over 200,000 South Sudanese civilians are sheltering inside peacekeepers' camps from civil war, a bleak barometer of ongoing conflict.
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