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50 Killed in Sudan Army Infighting

Sudan's military says recent army infighting related to southern Sudan's anticipated independence has killed at least 50 people.The latest clashes took place in two towns in the south's Upper Nile state.  Officials say the fighting erupted in Melut and Paloich Saturday, after soldiers from the south refused orders to withdraw to the north.Earlier...

20 People Killed In Sudanese Troop Shootout

Sudanese military officials say at least 20 people were killed in fighting that erupted between troops when some refused to redeploy ahead of south Sudan's becoming an independent nation.The fighting started Thursday in the town of Malakal when part of a military unit refused to hand over the heavy weapons to be sent to the north.At least 24...

Journalists Arrested as Crackdown Continues in Khartoum

The Sudanese government continued cracking down on opposition media and protestors Thursday, as activists continued planning for more rounds of demonstrations.  Late Wednesday, journalists from the communist party newspaper were arrested, following crackdowns on opposition media earlier in the week. The government has not said why the journalists...

Tripartite Group Sees Peace in Darfur by July

The United Nations, the African Union and Sudan are trying to seize the moment created by the southern Sudanese independence referendum to push for speedy completion of a peace deal in Darfur. Hopes for peace have been boosted by word that previously hesitant Darfur rebels groups will join talks hosted by the government of Qatar.Hope was in the...

South Sudan to Face Stiff Challenges

With the announcement of preliminary results in Southern Sudan’s referendum, the south is now starting to prepare for independence. The south’s ruling party faces a wide range of challenges.Full preliminary results in the January referendum were announced on Wednesday, and the votes in favor of secession were nearly 99% of the 3.8 million valid...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

AU Summit Reveals Growing African Resentment Toward Western Values

This week’s African summit was partly a celebration of shared values, and partly a display of Africa’s growing resentment at what many perceive as values imposed from outside. This semi-annual summit ended, as always, with words reaffirming the continent’s commitment to democracy, good governance and human rights. The newly-elected AU Chairman,...

NCP Official: Sudan Not Like Tunisia or Egypt

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA any Tunisian-inspired uprising aimed at forcing President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to step down will, in his words, amount to nothing. Rabie Abdelati Obeid contends that, unlike Tunisia or neighboring Egypt, President Bashir was democratically elected in a recent election he...

Sudanese Students Stage Anti-Government Protests

<!--IMAGE-->Sudanese police clashed with students Sunday as anti-government protests broke out in the capital, Khartoum.Hundreds of students took part in the protests, shouting slogans that criticized high prices, the government, and President Omar al-Bashir.At least three demonstrations took place, one in central Khartoum and two at local...

Results: South Sudan Overwhelmingly Chooses to Secede

Southern Sudan referendum officials say preliminary results show almost all voters chose to secede from the north in a referendum earlier this month.  Figures published on the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission's website, accounting for all of the ballots cast in Sudan's north and the south, gave secession nearly 99 (98.83) percent of the vote....

African Union Summit Opens, Focus on Security

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a 2-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman...

AU Summit to Focus on Security Concerns

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a two-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, beginning Sunday, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping says...

Southern Sudanese Expats Return Home to Help Rebuild

As southern Sudan tries to re-build its institutions, infrastructure and services following decades of conflict, it faces a severe shortage of skilled professionals. Some help, however, is coming from southern Sudanese who have returned home after years abroad. William Deng Deng is a tall man who looks older than his 45 years.  He is one of the...

Sudan Hopeful of Improved Relations with Washington

A senior member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) has welcomed as a positive step a decision by the U.S government to move ahead in normalizing ties with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s administration. This came after Khartoum allowed a recent referendum that will determine the future of the semi-autonomous south Sudan. Rabie...

Security Developments Play Havoc With AU Summit Agenda

African foreign ministers meeting in Addis Ababa are being confronted with several late-breaking developments as they survey the continent’s rapidly changing security landscape. Reports of non-agenda items such as Tunisia, Egypt and – more recently Gabon – have inserted themselves into the dialogue.These African Union foreign ministers talks were...