Top of the Morning: South Sudan Ceasefire Agreement Signed

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At Long Last: South Sudan Ceasefire Agreement

The agreement is expected to come into force in the next 24 hours, though some rebel groups aligned with Riek Machar may be harder to pacify. “South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire on Thursday to end more than five weeks of fighting that divided Africa’s newest nation and brought it to the brink of civil war.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council welcomed the news, but several diplomatic sources in New York said they were worried the killing could continue…Several diplomats expressed concern that the conflict could continue. “Ethnic, personal grievances, vengeance will dominate tit-for-tat actions, crimes, killings for some time,” a senior diplomatic source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.” (Yahoo!

Massacre of Rohingya Reported in Myanmar

Government clearly denies it. “Security forces in western Myanmar massacred at least 40 Rohingya Muslims last week, including women and children, a human rights group said on Thursday, quoting witness accounts, despite official denials of the killings. Bangkok-based Fortify Rights said it spoke to witnesses and other credible sources who confirmed the massacre, which would be the deadliest incident in western Rakhine state since October 2012, when ethnic Rakhine Buddhists fought minority Rohingya Muslims.” (Reuters