The development is a necessary step in the reconciliation that may end two and a half years of war, but it comes amid a precarious, oft-broken ceasefire and a humanitarian disaster.
Ethiopian media is reporting the military has located the scores of children abducted by South Sudanese gunmen during a cross-border cattle raid last week, and is in the process of rescuing them.
South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was supposed to return to the capital Juba on Monday to be sworn in as vice president. Three days later his men are still stuck at an Ethiopian airport.
African Union investigators have released a report recounting a litany of horrors committed in the course of South Sudan's ongoing civil war, including routine gender-based violence and the indiscriminate killing of civilians.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has signed the deal a week after refusing to do so, but it's not clear that the pact will actually end his country's bloody conflict.
The agreement gives President Salva Kiir a majority stake in a transitional government. Rebel leader Riek Machar expressed shock to reporters after learning that Kiir had declined to sign.
It appears that South Sudan’s government is using hunger as a weapon of war against civilians in rebel-held parts of the country.
Another round of peace talks between the country's warring factions has begun, but if Thursday's opening remarks are any indication, compromise will be as challenging as ever.
The latest agreement is the conflict's eighth — each of the previous pacts were violated within days or even hours of their signing.
Almost 300 underage fighters were handed over to officials by the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction, the first phase of a wider release deal.
Humanitarian organizations say the ban could have devastating consequences for the war-ravaged country.