UN moves to slap sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to slap sanctions on South Sudan’s warring factions, ratcheting up pressure as a deadline loomed to reach a peace deal.Drafted by the United States, the resolution sets up a sanctions committee which would ...

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