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South Sudan government agrees to truce

<b>The government of South Sudan has agreed to an immediate end to fighting with rebels but warned its forces would defend themselves if attacked.</b><p>Welcoming the commitment from President Salva Kiir's government, East African states urged rebel leader Riek Machar to do likewise, as fighting …

US voices concern over Uganda anti-gay bill

The US has voiced concern over an anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament.<p>"We are deeply concerned by the Ugandan Parliament's passage of anti-homosexuality legislation," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.<p>"As Americans, we believe that people everywhere deserve …

France prepares to withdraw Mali troops

France is preparing to pull many of its troops out of Mali after a campaign against al-Qaeda linked groups there.<p>Two thousand of the 3,000 soldiers it deployed are supposed to return home by the end of January, but fighting has not siezed in Mali.<p>Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports.

African leaders in S Sudan for peace talks

African leaders have arrived in South Sudan to try to mediate between the country's president and his former deputy whom he accuses of attempting a coup that the government says sparked violence threatening to destroy the country.<p>Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister …

Chadian peacekeepers killed in CAR fighting

Six Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and 15 others injured in the Central African Republic after hours of sporadic fighting, a spokesman for the African Union Peacekeeping Mission (MISCA) said.<p>The Chadians were attacked by fighters from the mainly Christian "anti-balaka" militia in the Gabongo …