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South Sudan’s Kiir grants rebel leader Machar, others amnesty

South Sudan President Salva Kiir offered amnesty to all those involved in the nation’s bloody five-year civil war as part of a recent agreement to end the fighting. Rebel leader Riek Machar was among those granted a pardon by Kiir. Those who “waged war against in the government” were granted general amnesty, Kiir stated late Wednesday. The president also reiterated a call for his forces to observe a ceasefire agreed in June by both the government and Machar’s rebels. The decision came days after…

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