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US: Sudan Peace Process 'Fundamentally on Track'

U.S. Sudan envoy Princeton Lyman said Friday the process of dividing that country into two independent states is "still fundamentally on track" despite territorial and economic disputes. Lyman is heading to the region for last-minute diplomacy before South Sudan becomes independent July 9.Lyman says the political atmosphere surrounding the birth...

People of Southern Sudan Face Bleak Future with Optimism

Southern Sudan becomes the world's newest country on July 9. After more than 20 years of civil war, followed by a half decade of uncertain peace, the new country is starting virtually from scratch. The challenges are many, but the level of optimism is high enough to match. It is a dramatic shift in mentality from short-term survival to long-term...

Satellite Images Confirm Northern Sudanese Attacks

Satellite images released this week of Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region show evidence of attacks by northern Sudanese forces. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Southern Kordofan State. “The images we’re seeing over Southern Kordofan tell us two things. The Sudan Armed Forces [SAF] have…what’s consistent with artillery and mortar...

Sudan after Comprehensive Peace Agreement

On July 9, Sudan splits in two, with the south becoming an independent nation. Once that happens, how should the international community interact with northern and southern Sudan? A new report from 22 international NGOs tries to answer that question. Beyond the Pledge: International Engagement after Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement was...

Google Leads Effort to Get South Sudan on Map

To help south Sudan prepare for independence, Internet giant Google is training volunteers to help improve maps of the new country. While the initiative aims to facilitate development in the south, it also could have political implications.What is a country without a map? On the brink of independence, south Sudan lacks a lot of basic information...

AU Summit Opens, Libya Crisis Expected to Dominate Talks

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union.  The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) are both at the AU summit outside Malabo where African leaders will...

What’s Next for Sudan?

With Sudan set to split into two countries on July 9, experts and advocates are asking what’s next for north and south Sudan. In a briefing Thursday sponsored by Humanity United and Crisis Action, a group of them raised concerns about the volatile situations in Abyei and Southern Kordofan State and the ongoing conflict in Darfur in western Sudan....

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Libya Crisis

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union. The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council are both at the AU summit in Malabo where African leaders will present their...

UN Criticizes China's Failure to Arrest Sudan's Bashir

The United Nations has criticized China for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to Beijing this week.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday she is "disappointed" China welcomed Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.The ICC has charged Bashir with war crimes, crimes...

New Nation of Southern Sudan Seeks to Develop Agriculture

During more than two decades of war, the people of southern Sudan relied heavily on food aid brought in by foreign aid agencies.  Following the signing of the north-south peace agreement, and on the eve of South Sudan’s independence, the focus is now shifting from providing emergency food relief to developing long-term agricultural policies. ...

China Pledges Lasting Friendship with Sudan

China’s president is defending his country’s warm reception for Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, saying Beijing’s friendship with Sudan will not change. His comments followed a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart, who is wanted for alleged war crimes. A military guard stood in attendance as Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomed Sudanese President...

China’s Massive Appetite for Commodities Sparks Concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Correspondent Nico Colombant reports from Washington.Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying...

Crowdmapping Arab Spring: Next Social Media Breakthrough?

VOA Middle East Voices: Behind the Wall- Syria crowdmap Six months ago, if someone told you that activists in the Middle East would use social media platforms to revolutionize - literally - the way information is used and disseminated, you probably would have been skeptical. Six months later, Twitter and Facebook have played a crucial role in...

China Hosts Alleged War Criminal, Sudanese President Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is visiting China for talks with top officials. In a news conference after his arrival Tuesday, Chinese officials defended the visit by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Beijing early Tuesday morning, nearly one day later than...

Sudan's Bashir Arrives in China Amid International Intrigue

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in China for a visit following a mysterious delay blamed by Sudanese officials on U.S.-backed pressure.Chinese officials said after Mr. Bashir's arrival early Tuesday that a meeting with President Hu Jintao - originally set for Monday evening - will now take place Wednesday. It was not clear whether the visit...