World briefs: Peace accord for S. Sudan

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have signed a peace accord that seeks to end more than five months of fighting, as they met for the first time since the clashes began.

The agreement signed in Ethiopia's capital late Friday commits the sides to "cease all hostile activities within 24 hours," and create a "transitional government of national unity," former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, who helped mediate the deal, told reporters in Addis Ababa. Earlier peace talks had led to a truce in January that failed to halt the conflict.

In the agreement, the leaders recognize "that there is no military solution to crisis in South Sudan and that sustainable peace can be achieved only through inclusive political dialogue," Mr. Seyoum said. He said African monitors will verify the implementation of the truce within a week.

Yemen kidnapping bid

WASHINGTON -- Two American government personnel were whisked out of Yemen last month after they fatally shot two suspected kidnappers in a commercial district of the country's volatile capital, U.S. officials said Friday.

The Americans opened fire on armed Yemeni civilians to escape an apparent abduction attempt at barbershop, according to The New York Times, which identified the officials as a Special Operations commando and a CIA officer.

The U.S. embassy in Yemen has been operating on a limited capacity in recent days as American officials there have sought to limit the movement and exposure of their personnel amid a flurry of threat warnings.

Egypt prosecuting terror

CAIRO -- Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 200 suspected militants Saturday with carrying out over 50 terrorist attacks, killing 40 policemen and 15 civilians and conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in the first mass trial of a Jihadi group since the country's recent turmoil.

The defendants, 98 of whom remain on the run, are all suspected members of the al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, or Champions of Jerusalem, which has claimed responsibility for the bloodiest attacks since a wave of violence picked up following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer.

Nintendo's gays apology

KYOTO, Japan -- Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game.

The publisher said Friday that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions.

Nintendo came under fire from fans and gay rights organizations last week after refusing to add same-sex relationship options to the game "Tomodachi Life."

"We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life," Nintendo said in a statement released Friday.

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Canadian employment declined for the second time in three months in April, casting doubt on the Bank of Canada's forecast for a rebound this quarter. ... The International Monetary Fund, which currently expects growth of 7.5 percent this year in China, may lower its forecast for the world's second-largest economy, Changyong Rhee, director of the fund's Asia and Pacific Department, said Friday.


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