South Sudan rebels, government begin talks on ceasefire

ADDIS ABABA Tue Jan 7, 2014 3:22am EST

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ADDIS ABABA Jan 7 (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels and a government delegation started face-to-face peace talks, aimed at ending fighting that has left the world's newest state on the brink of a civil war, both sides said on Tuesday.

The talks in neighbouring Ethiopia will focus on brokering a ceasefire to halt the three-week long outburst of ethnic violence that has killed at least a thousand people and driven 200,000 from their homes. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Richard Logh; Editing by Duncan Miriri/Jeremy Gaunt)

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