Sudan 'commits to peace deal'
Sudanese Government and rebel leaders have committed to signing a peace deal to end the country’s civil war by the end of the year, US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said. After meeting representatives of both sides, Mr Powell said they would be invited to the White House by US President George W Bush for a signing ceremony once a comprehensive agreement is completed. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Kenya, where the Sudan talks have been taking place, says it is the first time the sides have committed themselves to a timescale for ending the conflict. The 20 years of fighting pitting rebels from the Christian and animist south against the Islamic government has left more than 1.5 million people dead. Full Story