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UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan as a

President Salva Kiir, and his rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, reached an agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which according to reports, includes a ceasefire between government and opposition forces that is due to begin within 72 hours.Previous efforts to end fighting between the rival forces since 2013 around South Sudan have failed, leaving tens of thousands dead, and around four million either internally-displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The humanitarian crisis has left millions without enough to eat, and led to famine in parts of the country. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres said that Wednesday’s agreement had been signed “at a time when the security situation in parts of South Sudan continues to deteriorate, marked by violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017, with killings of civilians and other atrocities.”“He therefore, welcomes the Parties renewed commitment to redouble their efforts in the interest of peace,” the statement continued.Mr. Guterres also commended the continuing efforts of the so-called High Level Revitalization Forum which first met in December last year, under the auspices of the African regional development forum, known as IGAD. Together with the UN and the African Union, IGAD has been working for years to facilitate the peace process.“Welcoming the intention of the parties to continue negotiations to finalize the IGAD bridging proposals”, the statement from UN Headquarters in New York said, “the Secretary-General urges all parties to demonstrate the political leadership required at this critical juncture of the peace process and engage to reach agreement on the outstanding issues of governance and security arrangements.”The UN chief pledged to support the leadership and the people of South Sudan, read more

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First footage from inside Grenfell Tower fire shown to inquiry

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has been played footage of the moment firefighters entered the flat where the deadly inferno began.Crew manager Batterbee and his colleague firefighter Brown, both from the North Kensington station, entered flat 16 on the fourth floor of the west London block by breaking down the door at about 1.07am on June 14 last year. The crew could be seen entering a smoke-clogged corridor and rooting through the flat, before a bright yellow glow can be seen in the kitchen.”The yellow glow that you can see is the fire,” the expert said.Firefighters can be seen spraying liquid at the fire, which was put out in the flat itself at 1.20am. A firefighter opens the door to flat 16 Thermal imaging camera footage was played to the inquiry on Tuesday during a presentation by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, the director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, who was explaining the origins of the fire and its spread. Bodycam footage shows the burning cladding Bodycam footage shows the burning cladding Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A firefighter opens the door to flat 16 A split-screen was used to show mobile phone footage of the flame beginning to spread up the outside of the building at the same time. read more

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