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E. Africa Summit Expected to Push Sudanese Parties Toward Referendum Deal

East African leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Addis Ababa to try to pressure north and south Sudan to settle critical issues blocking a January referendum on southern independence.  Our correspondent reports that ministers laying the groundwork for the summit are hoping for a breakthrough. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is in Addis...

As Southern Sudanese Return Home, Challenges Arise

The government in Southern Sudan has started to bring southerners back from the Sudanese capital Khartoum.  The returnees are arriving in large numbers to Unity State, which borders Northern Sudan.  The families making the two-day trip are dropped off at a place called Naivasha in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State. Named after the Kenyan town...

Egypt Rejects International Election Observers, Domestic Monitors Frustrated

The Egyptian government has rejected calls to allow international monitoring of parliamentary elections to be held next Sunday.  The government says foreign oversight would infringe on state sovereignty. However, there are indications that authorities are also not keen on domestic monitors. During voting for the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house...

South Sudan Denies Voter Intimidation Charge Ahead of Referendum

An official of the government of Southern Sudan is denying reported allegations that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has told southerners in the north not to register for the 9th January southern Sudan referendum. This comes as Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) was quoted Sunday as saying that low...

Sudan’s Rival Factions Trade Voter Intimidation Charges

A prominent member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has flouted the Referendum Act by intimidating and harassing prospective voters ahead of the January vote. Rabie Abdelati Obeid said there is enough evidence to prove that officials of the SPLM encouraged southerners living...

Northern and Southern Sudan Armies Trade Accusations Over Fresh Clashes in Border Area

Northern and southern Sudan armies are trading accusations over the responsibility for fighting between the two sides occurred last Saturday on the border between Sennar and Upper Nile states. The two parties agreed that their troops clashed in the morning of Saturday but the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) says that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF...

President Barack Obama Calls for Sudan Referendum to Take Place on Time

President Barack Obama and former South African president Thabo Mbeki have held talks on upcoming independence referendum in Sudan, insisting that that they should not be delayed. Obama phoned Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, to discuss the issue which has been creating anxiety with less than three...

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Defies ICC Arrest Warrants Again As He Attends Kenya's Party

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Defies ICC Arrest Warrants Again As He Attends Kenya's Party Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday made a surprise appearance at the Uhuru Park celebrations, defying International Criminal Court arrest warrants against him. The Sudanese leader is subject to two arrest warrants issued by the ICC over atrocities committed in Darfur in Sudan, but the Kenyan government said that it would not arrest him....

Sudan in deal over oil sale figures‎

The Sudanese government Tuesday came to an agreement with an international watchdog over discrepancy in oil productivity figures. A statement from the Sudanese embassy in Nairobi said Global Witness acknowledged that confusion over the actual figures was caused by the use aggregate figures without taking into account the export-oriented net...

Commissioner Seeks to Delay South Sudan's Independence Vote

Commissioner Seeks to Delay South Sudan's Independence Vote South Sudan's referendum on independence, scheduled for January, should be delayed to allow more time to prepare for it, a member of the referendum commission warns. "The time that is remaining is not enough to hold a referendum," Tarek Osman al-Taher says. "We at the commission will begin the necessary measures to try to hold the referendum on...

United Nations Voices Concern Over Missing Pilot in Sudan

United Nations Voices Concern Over Missing Pilot in Sudan The United Nations today expressed its deep concern over a helicopter pilot who has been missing for two days in the south of Sudan's war-torn Darfur region. On Monday, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, lost contact with one of its helicopters after it landed in Aborjo in South Darfur state. Three...

Renown Sudanese Basketball Player Dies

Manute Bol, of Sudan, who became famous for playing basketball in the United States and contributed millions of dollars to help the Sudanese, died on Saturday. He was 47. News reports said he died of kidney failure. The Washington Post reported that this was due to complications from a rare skin disease that Bol contracted from a medication he had...

Govt Arrests Top Bashir Critic in Sudan

The government of President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum has again arrested Bashir's former ally, the Islamist leader, Hassan al-Turabi. The Sudan Tribune reports from Khartoum that the government accused Turabi of "stirring up hatred, disseminating malicious lies and abuse of Sudan’s foreign relations." The online news service said the arrest, on...

National Election Results - Another Step Along Uncertain Road in Sudan

Vehicles in Juba, draped with the flag of semiautonomous South Sudan, evoked a stronger response as supporters of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) celebrated a sweep of the majority of the seats in the south. According to official results, the incumbent Bashir got 68 percent of the votes cast nationwide for the presidency. Salva Kiir...

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wins National Polls, Kiir in South

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wins National Polls, Kiir in South President Omar al-Bashir was officially declared the winner of Sudan's national elections Monday, while President Salva Kiir was declared re-elected as the leader of the semi-autonomous South Sudan government. The Sudan Tribune reported from Khartoum that the electoral commission reported that Bashir had won 68.2 percent of votes nationally, while...