South Sudan rebel leader returns to Juba
South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar will return to the capital Juba to celebrate a peace deal today, more than two years after he fled the country. Mr Machar’s office said he would hold joint peace celebrations with President Salva Kiir. The country entered into a civil war in 2013 when troops loyal to Mr Kiir clashed with forces loyal to Mr Machar, the former vice president. Fighting along ethnic lines spread across the state, shutting down oilfields, forcing millions to flee and killing tens of thousands. Under pressure from the UN, US and other western donors, Mr Machar and other insurgent factions signed a peace deal with the government in August. He fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2016 after an earlier peace deal collapsed.