Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and southern leader Salva Kiir have agreed a plan to heal the row which had threatened their peace deal. The two men set up a committee with a seven-day deadline to submit proposals on the most contentious issue, the control of oil-rich Abyei state. And a timetable is to be drawn up for the withdrawal of northern troops from three other southern states. These issues led southern ministers to leave a national unity government. (BBC)

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