U.S. mulls sanctions on South Sudan

Jan 10, 2014, 5:38 PM EST
South Sudanese civilians fleeing an outbreak of intense fighting between groups of government forces take shelter at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan base on December 17, 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.
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Though the government appears to be making some strides in its battles with insurgents, highlighted by their backing off a demand that captured fighters be released, the United States may ramp up pressure on South Sudan to get the situation under control with a limited batch of economic sanctions.