In S. Sudan, rebel-held town of Bor destroyed

By By ILYA GRIDNEFF

BOR, South Sudan (AP) — The town of Bor in South Sudan is now a ghost town. Every shop is looted of its goods. English-language graffiti curses the ethnic group of President Salva Kiir.

A dead body lay stiff on a hospital bed, pools of dried blood beneath it, one of the thousands of victims of South Sudan's bloody, monthlong war.

Backed by Ugandan troops and fighter aircraft, South Sudan's military retook Bor from rebels over the weekend.

Negotiators for Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar told reporters over the weekend that an agreement for a cease-fire is close at hand. But a Twitter account believed to be controlled by Machar on Monday ruled out a cease-fire unless political prisoners are freed.

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