Conflict: African Union approves regional force
African leaders have backed plans to deploy regional troops to South Sudan after recent fighting between rival forces left hundreds of people dead.
Soldiers for the African Union (AU) force are to come from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda.
A 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force is already in the country, but the AU force would have a stronger mandate, officials say.
South Sudan's government says it is opposed the deployment of the force.
"We are not ready for a deployment of even a single additional soldier," South Sudan's Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said. "That does not solve the problem."