Progress in Darfur:

“Sudan’s government and the largest Darfur rebel group agreed Friday to sign a peace plan, a top U.S. envoy said, marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan.” The timing is critical. The U.N.’s humanitarian chief warned yesterday: “The world’s largest aid effort now hangs in the balance, unsustainable under present conditions. If we are to avoid an imminent, massive loss of life, we need immediate action””from the government of Sudan, the rebels, U.N. Security Council members and donor governments.”