A ceasefire in South Sudan is looking more likely following a UN Security Council decision to send more peacekeeping troops. And a US envoy says the government is willing to free troops accused of attempting a coup.
Lawmakers in Juba have voted to extend the term of President Kiir and the transitional parliament by three years. Meanwhile the UN has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctioned two military officials.
After a series of failed peace deals, President Salva Kiir has signed a truce with rebels. The deal also allows the formation of a transitional government ahead of fresh elections.
Government troops and rebel forces have agreed to withdraw from urban areas. The security deal comes ahead of a meeting between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, where potential power-sharing talks will be held.
South Sudanese government forces and rebels have blamed each other for breaking a newly adopted ceasefire. It's not the first time peace efforts have failed to put a stop to the country's civil war.
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