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.

Famine ends after good harvest in Somalia

An exceptional harvest after good rains and food deliveries by aid agencies have ended famine in Somalia for now but food stocks could run out again in May, the United Nations said yesterday.

About 70,000 people are being cleared from their villages so the farmland can be leased to the Chinese and Gulf Arabs

Ethiopia 'forcing out thousands in land grab'

Ethiopia is forcing tens of thousands of people off their land so it can lease it to foreign investors, leaving former landowners destitute and in some cases starving, Human Rights Watch has said.

Kenya's Asbel Kiprop crosses the finish line to win the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge 3km race at Holyrood yesterday

Kiprop strides to victory as Bekele suffers

Kenenisa Bekele arrived in Edinburgh on Friday insisting he was not afraid of Mo Farah as he looked ahead to the defence of his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m crowns against the dominant new British force of global distance running. By the end of the feature race in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country meeting yesterday, the man Farah calls "the Usain Bolt of distance running" was reduced to the role of an also-ran, trailing home 11th in the shadow of Arthur's Seat.

Tirunesh Dibaba wins the 10km San Silvestre Vallecana road race

London Eye: Dibaba back on track to retain Olympic titles

The headline in the Daily Nation spelt it out in black and white on Monday morning. "Kenyans beware: Tiru's back," it trumpeted. Sadly, "Tiru" – Tirunesh Dibaba – has never received the global recognition she deserves as a sporting phenomenon of the 21st century.

Persson was travelling with a rebel group

Anger as Ethiopia jails Swedish pair for 11 years

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Swedish journalists jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia

Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years after illegally entering Ethiopia with a Somali rebel group.

Gold: Prices have soared as the economic crisis rumbles on. The current price is £1,029.20 an ounce

Who'd be a wise man? Gold's gone through the roof, frankincense is 'doomed', and as for myrrh...

They journeyed from the East to pay homage to the boy king bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But they would struggle to complete the feat today. Times for wise men have never been tougher. Gold prices are soaring on commodity markets, myrrh crops have been hit by drought – and now frankincense could soon be no more.

A Kenyan Defence Force soldier in Ras Kamboni, southern Somalia

UN-backed invasion of Somalia spirals into chaos

In a rare dispatch from the badlands of Southern Somalia, Daniel Howden sees how Kenya's war has made things worse

Nepal to Ethiopia: A Study in Corrupted Adoption

As an international adoptive parent, determined not to cut corners or resort to bribery, Victoria was forced by a rapidly corrupting system to fight tooth and nail for her little girl.

'Fly Mo' owes his golden moment to mental strength and moving to US

Coach's thorough approach, including use of underwater treadmills, helped earn victory

Mo Farah wins gold at World Championships

Mo Farah today struck gold in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Daegu, seven days after being pipped to victory in the 10,000m.

Polar Bear, The Vortex, London

In the six years since their second album, Held On The Tips Of Fingers, was nominated for the Mercury Prize, Polar Bear have become an institution on the UK jazz scene, without sacrificing one shred of the inquisitive spirit that brought them to widespread attention.

Farah in form to break Bekele's stranglehold

The considerable assets of Kenenisa Bekele have been in deep freeze since 9 January last year. At a snowbound Holyrood Park that Saturday afternoon the all-conquering Ethiopian king of distance running was reduced to a mere also-ran, finishing a shivering fourth in the 9km feature race in the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country meeting. It was only his second defeat in a cross-country race in eight years.

Album: Red Hot Chili Peppers, I'm With You (Warner Brothers)

It's business as usual, but with diminishing returns, on I'm With You – the result, perhaps, of sticking with the producer Rick Rubin for six albums.

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Today this paper renews its appeal to our readers to save lives in the Horn of Africa. Specifically, we are asking you to consider donating a day's pay to the relief effort if you can afford it. It is asking a great deal in these straitened times but the scale of the tragedy in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, where lives are being lost every day, demands a commensurate response.

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