South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar (right) and South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (left) hold a priest’s hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations in South Sudan is readying aid for towns ravaged by conflict but is waiting to see if a new ceasefire deal holds between the presi(...)

A man from Dinka tribe holds his AK47 rifle in front of cows in a Dinka cattle herders camp near Rumbek, capital of the Lakes State in central South Sudan. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

South Sudan’s government said today it will start a major offensive to retake two strategic towns controlled by rebels loyal to former vice president (...)