News South Sudanese government soldiers wait to board trucks and pickups; a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa that should at the least put a pause to five weeks of warfare has been reached

Government and rebel leaders in South Sudan have signed a ceasefire – the first step towards peace in the country after five weeks of violence in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes.

Mo Farah stretches away to take 5,000m gold in Moscow last night

World Championships 2013: Feel-good Friday for Mo Farah as British superstar completes incredible 'double double'

The best efforts of Africa’s finest cannot deny the superstar of distance running his double double glory on the Moscow track

Mo Farah has been sleeping 12 hours a day in preparation

World Championships: Mo Farah faces fight to achieve his historic 'double double'

Briton makes distance running look easy but even he will struggle to emulate Kenenisa Bekele

More trouble for Dreamliner

Boeing's new Dreamliner jet, which was grounded for four months after catching fire, faced further turbulence yesterday when problems emerged with the engine fire extinguishers.

Mo Farah competes in the 5,000 metres heats

World Championships 2013: Mo Farah does just enough to reach 5,000 metres final

The Briton exerts as little energy as possible in heat

Mo Farah sprints clear of rival Ibrahim Jeilan

World Championships: Mo Farah cuts apart Africa's finest to top the pantheon

Farah digs deep on final lap to clinch gold and underline his status as Britain's greatest distance runner

Ethiopian military plane crash lands in Somalia

A military plane that crash-landed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday belonged to Ethiopia and was carrying ammunition, two security sources said.

Jessica Ennis-Hill competes in the hurdles

Jessica Ennis-Hill faces agonising race against time to be fit for World Championships

Rutherford set to decide today if he will compete in Moscow but Farah reigns supreme

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis

Rwanda, a tiny, landlocked country in the middle of Africa, is known primarily in the West as the scene of a genocide in 1994. It seems an unlikely place for a couple of Americans to choose to build a national cycling team, but then they were unusual men: Jock Boyer, a former top professional who once finished 12th in the Tour de France; and Tom Ritchey, who had become wealthy after pioneering mountain-bike design.

Transmitter suspected as cause of Dreamliner fire that brought Heathrow to a halt

An emergency locator transmitter problem may have caused the fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane that caused disruption last week at Heathrow airport, it was revealed today.

On the tarmac: The Ethiopian Airways plane at the centre of Friday’s chaos at Heathrow

Dreamliner fire hits Boeing's fortunes

The 787, launched as the world's most eco-friendly plane, may be grounded for a second time

Mo Farah on his way to victory in the 5,000m

Flying Farah rises to the challenge as Judd enters elite ranks

Before the best of Britain's runners and jumpers got into action in Birmingham yesterday, it was fair to say they were in danger of getting stuck in Jagger mode in post-home-Olympic season.

Mo Farah turns his attention back to the track this weekend

Mo Farah has point to prove as proper business begins

Didn’t he do well? That last lap of Mo Farah’s in the 5,000 metres at the European Team Championships at Gateshead last Saturday was some sight to behold: a sizzling 50.89sec, positively Boltesque by distance-running standards.

Market Report: Afren strikes oil off Nigeria to end slump

Investors in Afren had a day in the sun yesterday after the oil exploration firm made a major discovery off the coast of Nigeria. It has been an overcast year so far for shareholders, with Afren's shares having been on the slide. But yesterday it unveiled some successful drilling in Nigeria.

Mo Farah shows his joy at winning; right, from top, Greg Rutherford, Eilidh Child and Dai Greene

Souped-up Mo Farah turns into Billy Whizz at the European Team Championships

Double Olympic gold medallist's new sprinting skill sees him accelerate to victory in the 5,000 metres

Al-Shabaab: The key to support of Islamist rebels was their navigation of Somalia's competing complex of clans

Ultimate defeat militants will only come with a comprehensive political settlement for war-torn country

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