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1. Sudan's rival factions agree to longer cease-fire

Sudan's warring military factions have reached a deal on a new seven-day ceasefire from Thursday, mediator South Sudan said Tuesday. The agreement was longer than previous cease-fires, which have ranged from 24 to 72 hours and been violated frequently by both sides. The fighting erupted in mid-April and has left civilians trapped in the capital, Khartoum. South Sudan's foreign ministry said both sides had agreed to the week-long truce as the previous three-day deal was set to expire on Wednesday. Under the new agreement, the rival factions of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagaloto also agreed to name envoys for peace talks, South Sudan said.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.