Monitors from Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development are being deployed this weekend in South Sudan to monitor the cease-fire between rebels and the government. Separately, the South Sudan government has signed a cease-fire with the rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement, which has been active in Jonglei state for the past three years.
Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition are refusing to meet with each other until preconditions are met. United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is meeting separately with each side in an attempt to salvage the peace talks.
The South Sudan army says it has retaken the oil-rich city of Bentiu from rebel forces. Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering withholding aid to the South Sudan government if a cease-fire can't be put into place.