As a Japanese man is released after 48 years on death row - a new report shows that publicly disclosed executions jumped nearly 15 per cent in 2013.
The United Nations warns that overcrowding at the main South Sudanese hospital in the capital Juba is becoming an increasing problem, with thousands of people suffering from malaria or disease.
South Sudanese rebels and a government delegation start face-to-face peace talks, aimed at ending fighting that has left the world's newest state on the brink of a civil war.
Ethnic violence in Sudan has killed thousands, according to the UN, with an estimated 180,000 displaced. Can peace talks stop the violence?
UN Security Council approves plans to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan as reports of mass graves fuel fears of a worsening of ethnic blood shed.
A plane carrying British nationals leaves South Sudan after the Foreign Office warns people to leave the country as violence spreads.
The Foreign Office is evacuating British nationals from South Sudan amid fighting that has killed up to 500 people.
"I think we are on the verge of civil war," said my friend Jok Madut Jok in South Sudan. Yesterday Jok saw 200 bodies in the barracks where the fighting started and 40 in the morgue of the hospital.
As many as 500 people are said to have been killed in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the world's youngest country, after three days of fighting between rival factions within the presidential guard.