Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment

Sudan and South Sudan have pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

On October 10, in their first high-profile appearance together since signing the deals, ministers from the two countries told an investment conference in Vienna they would work to make peace.  Read more here.

In other news, on October 7 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered land and river border crossings with South Sudan reopened, official radio said, a sign that perhaps tensions are easing between the neighbors.  Read more here.