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More US Embassy staff evacuated from South Sudan; peace talks underway

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NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. State Department on Friday said it is evacuating additional American Embassy personnel from South Sudan and urged all U.S. citizens to leave the country as well, even as opposing factions began talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at stopping a budding civil war.

In a travel advisory posted on its website, the State Department said it had ordered a further reduction of U.S. Embassy personnel from South Sudan’s capital, Juba, ‘‘because of the deteriorating security situation’’ in the world’s newest country, which has been torn apart by fighting between rival military groups since mid-December.

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