U.S. Urges South Sudan Evacuation

    A group of South Sudanese soldiers gather near a truck as they patrol the streets of Juba on January 2, 2014. South Sudan's army has set up a probe into the killing of "innocent people," the government said on January 2, in the wake of grim reports of ethnic slaughter and atrocities, as South Sudan's warring parties prepare for peace talks in Ethiopia aimed at ending the conflict. Thousands of people are feared to have been killed in the fighting, pitting army units loyal to President Salva Kiir against a loose alliance of ethnic militia forces and mutinous army commanders nominally headed by ex-vice president Riek Machar. AFP PHOTO / SAMIR BOL        (Photo credit should read SAMIR BOL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    With more than 1,000 people killed in the past three weeks of fighting, the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan ordered on Friday the evacuation of more staff from the country. Clashes between rebels and government troops in the world’s youngest state have continued, despite peace talks in Ethiopia. "We are not suspending our operations. We are just minimizing our presence," Ambassador Susan Page told Reuters.

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