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Bush Approves Darfur Air Lift

United States President George W. Bush on Monday authorized an immediate airlift of equipment and supplies to the international peacekeeping force in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. Following a meeting at the White House Monday morning with Salva Kiir, the first vice-president of Sudan and president of Southern Sudan, Bush said that he...

Violence Intensifies in Darfur As UN-African Union Force Struggles to Fully Deploy

The violence in Darfur has intensified in recent months with attacks on humanitarian workers, peacekeepers and the growing number of displaced persons sheltering in makeshift camps, with inter-tribal clashes and fighting between the Government and armed militia adding to the mayhem, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council...

Can Local Investors Beat Foreign Investment In Sudan

Sudan is hoping to use foreign cash to reinvigorate its under-performing agricultural sector, but there is growing disagreement over the extent to which outsiders, rather than local farmers, should be taking control of the industry. In 2007, the government established a Five Year Action Plan for agriculture. The plan highlighted the dangers of...

Cautious Optimism Over Darfur Ceasefire Call in Sudan

  The Sudanese government's announcement of a ceasefire in Darfur would not alone solve a crisis that has lasted nearly six years and left hundreds of thousands of people dead - but it offered a glimmer of hope, analysts said. President Omar el-Bashir announced an "immediate, unconditional ceasefire" in Darfur on 12 November. He...

Darfur fighting force thousands flee from villages

Khartoum: Thousands of villagers have been forced to flee their homes after more than a week of heavy clashes between Sudanese forces and rebels in North Darfur, aid sources said on Monday. Entire villages have been abandoned after residents took shelter in surrounding mountains and open land, cut off from food aid and clinics, humanitarian...

Sudanese army accused of bombing in Darfur

Darfur: Darfur rebels claim government forces have launched more ground and air attacks on their positions and villages in North Darfur. Two rebel groups say the attacks started on Saturday morning and that civilians are fleeing the area. They say that government air assaults have struck the villages of Tarny and Khazan Tungur and other...

Sudan minister hints delay of elections

Sudan: A minister in South Sudan's government has said nationwide elections due by July 2009 could be delayed by at least six months. Minister for Presidential Affairs Luka Biong said torrential rain and a series of logistical problems could make it difficult to vote as scheduled. The polls, agreed on in a 2005 peace deal, would be Sudan's first...

Sudan troops attack Darfur rebels

Sudan: Sudanese government troops have launched attacks on two towns in Darfur, three rebel groups in the region have said. The rebels said the troops, backed by militias, helicopters and planes, had attacked Disa and Birmaza in North Darfur state early on Saturday. The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur said it was...

Sudanese Cattle lifters killed 10 people in Kenya

Nairobi: At least 10 people were killed and several others wounded in Kenya's northern district of Turkana by suspected cattle rustlers from Toposa, southern Sudan on Saturday. According to local administrators, the raiders armed with AK-47 rifles have struck Mogila area in Lokichogio division and stole 732 animals. Turkana North District...

US aid worker killers are 'religious extremists'

Khartoum: Five Sudanese men accused of murdering a U.S. aid worker are religious extremists who plotted to attack foreigners at New Year's Eve gatherings, Sudanese prosecutors told a court on Sunday. The five defendants chanted "God is great" as they walked into the East Khartoum court and were greeted by a crowd of supporters who...

Sudan troops surround Darfur camp after raid

Khartoum: Sudanese forces accused of killing dozens of people in a raid on a displaced persons camp in Darfur were massing outside the camp again on Tuesday, rebels and residents said. Residents of South Darfur's Kalma camp told Reuters they feared government forces were preparing to make a second attempt to enter the settlement after an assault...

Kenya PM slams ICC reports on Sudan

Nairobi: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odingahas dismissed local media reports that he supports attempts by the International Criminal Court to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir over alleged war crimes in the troubled Darfur region. In a statement received here Monday, Odinga termed the reports which appeared on Sunday as "false and...

Sudan forms anti-corruption commission

Monovia: Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Friday set up an anti-corruption commission in response to donor calls for tougher measures against graft in the West African country. Signing the law creating the commission, Johnson-Sirleaf described the move as "critical to the realisation of some of the major objectives of the...

Darfur clashes kills 50 Arab tribesmen

Khartom: More than 50 Arab tribesmen were killed on Wednesday in armed clashes over water and grazing land in South Darfur, a senior member of one of the groups said on Thursday. The fierce fighting between the nomadic Rizeigat and Misseriya tribes was also fuelled by bad blood over past killings and the ready supply of small arms in the region,...

Eight Darfur rebels sentenced to death in Sudan

Khartoum: Sudan sentenced eight Darfur rebels to death on Sunday for their involvement in an unprecedented attack on the capital, including a senior leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Chanting for a new Sudan and for justice before the court, the eight rebels including JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim's half brother Abdel Aziz el-Nur Ashr...