President Salva Kiir willing to hold talks

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir says he is willing to hold talks with the former vice president he accuses of leading a coup attempt against him.

The U.N. estimates four days of fighting in South Sudan have killed up to 500 people. The U.N. mission in South Sudan has reported heavy fighting in the city of Bor, about 150 kilometers north of Juba.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army has called all soldiers to report to their general headquarters.

President Salva Kiir blames the alleged coup attempt on forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar, who was fired in July.

Observers have raised concerns a rift between Machar, from the Nuer ethnic group, and Mr. Kiir, a Dinka, could fuel tribal violence in South Sudan.

South Sudan’s government said 10 people have been arrested for their alleged roles in the coup attempt. Machar remains at large.

There was also fighting overnight at a military base in Torit, southeast of the capital.

The U.S. State Department says it has evacuated three groups of U.S. citizens from South Sudan.

Ambassador Susan Page met Wednesday with President Kiir in Juba to discuss U.S. concern about the continued violence, increasing death toll, and growing humanitarian challenges.

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