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        1/1/2014, Tevet 29, 5774

      South Sudan Peace Talks Begin on Wednesday


      Mail and Guardian reports South Sudan's government and rebels are set for New Year's Day peace talks in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to thrash out a ceasefire to end weeks of ethnic bloodletting in the world's newest state.

      Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, mediators said, but fighting between government troops and militias loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar raged in Bor, the capital of the vast Jonglei state and site of an ethnic massacre in 1991, says Mail and Guardian.

      It was not clear who controlled Bor on Tuesday night after a day of heavy fighting that started at dawn in the dusty town, which was held by Machar's rebels for a few days at the start of the conflict. Nearly 200 000 civilians have been displaced, notes Mail and Guardian.