Bodies litter S. Sudan oil town, military pushes on rebel-held town; talks resume in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 13 January 2014 (WIC) - A South Sudanese government soldier stands with others near their vehicles, after government forces on Friday retook from rebel forces the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan, Sunday, Jan 12, 2014. On Sunday senior South Sudanese government officers inspected the recaptured town of Bentiu, in northern Unity State, that was the scene of intense fighting between government and rebel forces, while a South Sudanese government official claimed rebels had badly damaged petroleum facilities in the state. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

Dozens of dead, mangled and bloated bodies line the roadside from the airport into this state capital of one of South Sudan's oil-producing regions. Houses, buildings and shops have been looted, burned or destroyed.

The remnants of war in Bentiu show the damage being done across the world's newest country. Government troops are now in full control there.

Negotiators for the two sides in South Sudan's nearly month-old conflict met face-to-face in Addis Abba, Ethiopia on Monday. A Kenyan mediator said the agenda will include talks on a cessation of hostilities.

Despite the appearance of diplomatic progress, more violence also looks possible. By boat and truck, South Sudan troops are moving in on the rebel-held town of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, just north of country capital Juba.  (www.canada.com)


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