US hails Sudan accord

The US hailed an agreement between the two main feuding rebel factions in Sudan to establish safe havens. Describing it as a breakthrough for humanitarian relief operations, Reuter reports from Washington.

A statement issued after talks in Nairobi said both sides would begin withdrawing forces from a 45-mile radius of the southern towns of Ayod, Kongor, Waat and Yuai. The area is controlled by the two main factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.