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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.

Fears that Eritrea may be hiding its famine victims from the world

Concerns are mounting of a possible hidden famine in Eritrea while international aid agencies scramble to fill a "black hole" in information coming out of the isolated Horn of Africa nation.

10 million displaced Somalis need food aid

Tens of thousands of Somalis have watched their land dry up after years without rain. Then the livestock died. Finally the food ran out.

Barbara Stocking: The cycle of disaster-aid-disaster-aid must be broken

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Britain pledges £38m to help Ethiopia's starving

Britain has pledged to provide food for 1.3 million starving people in Ethiopia, as the country suffers its worst drought in a decade.

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Rivals sign deal to demilitarise Abyei region

North and South Sudan have signed an agreement to demilitarise the disputed Abyei region and allow in Ethiopian peacekeeping forces, former South African president Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.

Disputed Abyei area of central Sudan to be demilitarised

North and South Sudan have agreed in principle to demilitarise the disputed central Abyei region and allow the deployment of Ethiopian peacekeeping troops in the area.

Van Commenee hails Farah record

Mo Farah's European 10,000 metres record was yesterday described as "truly world class" by the UK's athletics chief Charles van Commenee.

Farah posts new European record

Mo Farah smashed the European 10,000 metres record in winning the Prefontaine Classic at the Eugene Diamond League meeting in Oregon.

On The Road: All life and death to be found in a maze of a market in Ethiopia

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Semenya eases to double triumph

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Crime, By Ferdinand von Schirach, trans. Carol Brown Janeway

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Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: The bird that offers a clue to mankind's destiny

Anyone contemplating the ravages which humans are going to effect on non-human species in the 21st century should turn their attention to a remote area of southern Ethiopia, and a small plain near the town of Negele. This is the home of a diminutive songbird which the vast majority of people in the world have never heard of and never will, but whose fate nevertheless may mark a milestone in our destruction of the planet.

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