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        12/31/2013, Tevet 28, 5774

      Rival Sides in South Sudan Negotiate Cease Fire


      News.com.au reports rebel and government forces in South Sudan have agreed to begin peace talks.

      The violence in South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, flared two weeks ago between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked in July, says News.com.au.

      Fighting has spread to six out of 10 states, killing hundreds and displacing some 120,000 others.

      The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an East African regional organisation, said that the two sides have appointed representatives to negotiate a cessation to hostilities, adds News.com.au, but did not give a timetable.

      "The talks will focus on a monitored ceasefire followed by further dialogue aimed at solving the underlying political problems that led to the emergence of the present confrontation," the statement said, which was issued on Tuesday by the Kenyan government.