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.

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DNA confirms Ethiopian lions are genetically distinct group

A pride of captive lions descended from the private menagerie of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is genetically distinct from all other lions of Africa, a study has found.

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You'd think it would end up in the pockets of Mr Bellagio, or Caesars Palace, but a Las Vegas cabbie who found $220 000 dollars in the back of his car did something remarkable with the cash - he gave it back to the punter who'd won it. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has details.

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Paulos in 2007

Abune Paulos: Religious leader and peace activist

Abune Paulos led the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which has more than 40 million members, as well as serving on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Order. He was one of seven serving presidents of the WCC. While he was instrumental in interfaith dialogue initiatives, Abune Paulos was vocal in several international platforms, including the World Economic Forum and the World Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations.

Leading article: Ethiopia faces an uncertain future

The death of Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia, at the relatively young age of 57, is a grave blow not just to the country which he rescued from the brink of recurring famine. It is a blow to the whole African continent and to the wider international community.

Death of polarising PM leaves Ethiopia in limbo

Much-feted leader of 21 years who transformed nation killed by brain tumour, reports say

Meles Zenawi has not been seen in public since June

Mystery of Ethiopia's missing prime minister

Ethiopia's missing prime minister has been taking part in diplomatic efforts to resolve the Sudan crisis from his sick bed, according to African Union officials.

Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin crosses the line to win the 1500m

Dobriskey hits out at Alptekin after 1500m win

Not so much turkeys voting for Christmas as Christmas come early for Turkey. Asli Cakir Alptekin, who has served a two-year ban for doping offences, won her country's first athletic gold last night in a frantic finish to the 1500m and was followed across the line by her fellow countrywoman Gamze Bulut. It was also Turkey's first ever 1-2 and at a stroke it doubled their medal tally at London 2012.

Meseret Defar (right) celebrates her 5,000m win with Tirunesh Dibaba

Defar's late dash denies double to Dibaba

Another night of Olympic finals on the track; another legend? Not quite. Like the 6ft 5in Usain Bolt in the men's 200m final the night before, the 5ft 1in Tirunesh Dibaba came into the home straight for the final time in the women's 5,000m final last night in the lead and within sight of becoming an all-time giant of track and field.

Mo Farah seeks a peaceful haven as he prepares for second date with Olympic destiny

The Olympic Village is not far from the clamouring crowd that throngs London 2012. But for Mo Farah it is just far away enough to provide a haven in which he can prepare for his second date with destiny in a week.

Greg takes giant leap as Farah soars on the track

Jessica Ennis had already performed her victory lap and Mo Farah was circling the track in the 10,000m when the red flag was raised at the long jump pit and the final threat to Greg Rutherford, the last attempt by American Will Claye, was ruled invalid. Gold No 2 was in the bag on this night of nights for British athletics. No 3 was not long in following.

Tirunesh Dibaba is unbeaten at any distance since 2009

Dominant Dibaba turns on the style to defend 10,000m title

When Tirunesh Dibaba first burst on to the global distance-running scene, winning the world 5,000m title as an 18-year-old in Paris in 2003, she was christened "the baby-faced assassin." Nine years on, the diminutive Ethiopian still possesses a clinical killer touch.

Leading article: Time to rethink ties with Rwanda

As its friends and benefactors criticise Rwanda and its actions in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, the clamour will, rightly, grow for Britain to get tough as well. The news that first the US and then the Netherlands had suspended aid to President Paul Kagame, the donors' darling, marks a reluctant acceptance by some in the international community that Rwanda must be held accountable for what it does outside as well as inside its borders.

The openly polygamous 67-year-old President with wives Thobeka Madiba, left, and Sizakele Khumalo, has now six wives

Africa split after election win for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

South Africa accused of heavy-handed tactics as President's ex-wife named head of 54-nation bloc

Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5,000m European title last night

Supreme Farah saves the 'Mobot' for after the line

One way or another Mo Farah is becoming a wind-up merchant supreme. In the 1,500m heats at the Olympic trials in Birmingham last Friday, his decision to celebrate some 100m from the line rattled the veteran Anthony Whiteman. In the 5,000m final on the opening day of the European Championships in Helsinki yesterday his gradual cranking up of the pace proved far too much for all 24 of his rivals.

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