South Sudan rivals sign deal

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (pictured below, second left) and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (second from right) joined Mr Machar (l) and Mr Kiir (r) ahead of the signing:

From left to right, South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, pose for a group picture before their meeting in khartoumFrom left to right, South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, pose for a group picture before their meeting in khartoum

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, have signed an agreement to try to end five years of civil war.

Under the framework deal, a ceasefire will come into effect within 72 hours.

The conflict has devastated South Sudan: tens of thousands have died and nearly four million more – a third of the population – have been displaced by the violence.

Previous attempts to end the fighting have failed to hold.

Reports say that under the latest deal some political prisoners will be released.

Mr Kiir and Mr Machar met for the first time in nearly two years last week.

The deal, signed in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, comes amid pressure from neighbouring countries to end the fighting.

BBC