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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has appointed his rival and former rebel leader Riek Machar to be his vice president, a decree broadcast on state television said on Thursday. The decree said Machar will be the first vice president, but gave no more details. South Sudan has been mired in conflict since December 2013, when clashes broke out between troops loyal to Kiir and soldiers backing Riek Machar, who previously held the vice president position.
The final four holdouts in an armed protest at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last occupier repeatedly threatening suicide before he walked out, ending the 41-day standoff with the FBI. David Fry, 27, had remained behind for more than an hour and told supporters by phone he had not agreed with the other three to leave. "I'm actually pointing a gun at my head, I'm tired of living," Fry said during the phone call.