South Sudan peace talks begin in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa, 6 January 2014 (WIC) - Two warring factions from South Sudan are holding more advanced peace talks for the first time since conflict began roiling the country Dec. 15.

The direct talks began in earnest Sunday, putting representatives of President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The talks are focusing on a cease-fire and the release of political prisoners.