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Sudan, Southern Rebels End 21-Year War

Bare-chested warriors danced and turbaned heads bowed in prayer while Sudan’s Islamist government and southern rebels forged a comprehensive peace Sunday ending Africa’s longest-running civil war. Sudan’s First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and rebel leader John Garang signed the accord in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, ending a 21-year conflict in the south that has killed an estimated two million people mainly by famine and disease. The agreement did not cover a separate conflict in the western Darfur area of Africa’s largest country, where almost two years of fighting have created what the United Nations calls one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. At the signing ceremony in a Nairobi sports stadium, bare-chested Dinka warriors wearing leopard-skin loincloths and white paint on their faces danced for thousands of banner-waving exiles and refugees who planned now to return home. Full Story

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