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South Sudan: Talks to try to avert civil war continue

21 December 2013 Last updated at 08:27 GMT

The US is to send a special envoy to South Sudan to help broker talks in a bid to end clashes which have left hundreds dead.

African mediators say they have held "productive" talks with President Salva Kiir.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said consultations were continuing, but did not give details.

The violence began a week ago when President Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of a failed coup.

Emily Thomas reports.

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