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US hails South Sudan peace deal, urges swift implementation

South Sudan’s president and rebel chief signed a ceasefire deal Friday vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, with the US urging both sides to “swiftly” implement their promises. President Salva Kiir and rebel boss Riek Machar, who shook hands and then prayed together, “agreed that immediately all hostile activities will stop within 24 hours from the signing of this agreement”, said head mediator Seyoum Mesfin, from the East African regional bloc IGAD. “Fighting will stop,” he added. Kiir, explaining his olive branch to his bitter rival, told reporters that as leader…