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Skyrocketing Food Prices Push Millions into Extreme Poverty

<!--IMAGE--> The head of the World Bank says a sharp rise in food prices has pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty. World Bank President Robert Zoellick is calling on the Group of 20 leading and emerging economies to put food first on its agenda. The World Bank's latest food price index is just three percent below its 2008 peak....

Officials Say Rebel Attacks Kill 200 in South Sudan

Officials in southern Sudan say attacks by a rebel militia killed some 200 people last week, nearly doubling the previously announced death toll.Pagan Amum, secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement, said Tuesday that 197 people were killed in the attacks in Fangak county, in Jonglei state.Another official, minister of...

Former Ugandan LRA Rebels Fear Going Home

A report released Monday outlines a plan to demobilize the Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army. After operating in northern Uganda since 1987, the LRA recently split into about 10 smaller groups.  In recent years, it’s been blamed for attacks in southern Sudan, the eastern DRC and the Central African Republic. Now, the report says, many...

Women Demand Release of Protesters in Sudan

A group of women demonstrated in Sudan's capital Sunday, demanding the release of sons and other people arrested during anti-government protests last month.Witnesses say about 25 women held a protest outside the headquarters of Sudan's national security service in Khartoum.  Police watched the group but made no move to arrest them.In a different...

UN Gears Up To Help Sudanese Returning To South

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it is preparing to help thousands of displaced Sudanese who will be returning from the capital, Khartoum, and other parts of northern Sudan to their new country in the south. Relief agencies anticipate as many as 800,000 southerners will return from the north this year. Some 200,000...

Highway Project Will Connect Southern Sudan to Outside World

Work crews have started paving Southern Sudan's first highway, which will connect the new nation to the international community.  This highway brings the south one step closer to full independence. A military band welcomed Southern Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, the American consul general in the south, Barrie Walkley, and local officials to a...

UN Security Council Links Security to Development

The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously issued a statement pointing out a close link between international security and economic development. The 15-member Security Council heard repeated references to the linkage between poverty and conflict throughout the world. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking to the Council, said...

US President Obama Nominates Scott Gration as the Next Ambassador to Kenya

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next Ambassador to Kenya. Gration’s arrival will end the term of influential and often controversial envoy Michael Ranneberger.After much speculation, U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration as the next U.S....

Cyber-Based Opponents Call For More Demonstrations In Khartoum

A group using internet social media sites to mobilize youth across northern Sudan said they are planning demonstrations beginning Saturday against what they call ‘’bad governance and economic hardship.” The group, which calls itself Al Intifada, is using Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to youth across the country for demonstrations in...

Darfur: Thousands Displaced in North by Two Months of Fighting

In Sudan’s North Darfur State, fighting between government forces and rebels have displaced thousands of people. The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says fighting began two months ago, forcing people to flee to camps in Shangil Tobaya, Tabit and Dar Alsalam.  It describes conditions in those camps as “precarious.” Cristina Falconi...

UN Panel Hails South's Vote for Independence in Sudan, But Cautions On Tasks Ahead

The United Nations panel that monitored the independence referendum in Southern Sudan today hailed the official results showing that an overwhelming majority opted for secession, but cautioned that the two sides now need to build constructive new ties. "Their work is not over," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Panel on the Referenda in Sudan, said...

US Welcomes Sudan Referendum Results

The United States on Monday welcomed the official results of the referendum in southern Sudan, and announced that it will recognize an independent Southern Sudanese state.  The Obama administration is moving to normalize relations with the Sudanese government in Khartoum in the wake of the overwhelming secession vote.The White House announcement...

Bashir Promises to Accept South's Independence Vote

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says he accepts southern Sudan's vote to become independent, as officials get set to announce the final results from last month's referendum.The South Sudan Referendum Commission will confirm late Monday on state radio and television preliminary results that show nearly 99 percent of southern Sudanese voted for...

Bashir Accepts South Sudan's Secession

Sudan's president said Monday that Khartoum will accept the outcome of the referendum on southern independence.  Omar al-Bashir made the announcement just hours before the release of the final results of the referendum. "We will announce today in front of the world our acceptance and respect for the choice of the people of the south,"  the...

Sudan Referendum Commission to Announce Final Results Monday

An official of South Sudan’s Referendum Commission said senior members of the organization are scheduled to meet President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his cabinet in the capital, Khartoum, before announcing the outcome of the landmark referendum late Monday. Commission spokesman George Benjamin told VOA the country’s High Court paved the way for the...