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S.Sudan president, rebel chief sign commitment to end war: mediator

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (C) stands next to unidentified men he meets his friends at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa May 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan's president and rebel chief Friday signed a ceasefire deal vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, under international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide.

President Salva Kiir and rebel boss Riek Machar were congratulated for inking a deal "ending the war", said top mediator Seyoum Mesfin from the East African regional bloc IGAD.

 

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