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Five Sudanese appear court over US aid worker murder

Khartoum: Five Sudanese men, including a former army officer, made their first appearance in court on Sunday to face charges over the New Year's Day killing in Khartoum of a U.S. aid worker and his driver. The five men, wearing traditional skull caps and white robes, were greeted outside the heavily guarded Khartoum court buildings by a group of...

Sudan rebels suspend leader

Khartoum: Former rebels from eastern Sudan on Saturday said they had suspended their own leader, accusing him of splitting their political party along tribal lines. The move raised the spectre of renewed instability in Sudan's impoverished yet resource-rich east and came days after warnings that the eastern fighters might return to war unless they...

Sudanese army launch operation against militants in N Darfur

Khartoum: Sudan's army has begun a massive operation to wipe out rebel bases in Darfur's far north, two Darfur rebel factions said on Wednesday. The army attacked with more than 200 vehicles in Wadi Atron, near the Sudanese-Libyan border on Tuesday and took control of areas which had for years been under the control of rebels who want more...

US convoy optimistic about Darfur peace

Khartoum: International peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region look set to receive substantial reinforcements after months of under-manning, the U.S. envoy to Sudan said on Tuesday. Richard Williamson last month criticised both the United Nations and Sudan for the slow roll-out of the joint U.N./African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force, which...

Sudan militants not fully withdrawn from Abyei

Khartoum: Sudan's north and south armies have not fully withdrawn from the disputed oil-rich Abyei region as called for under a plan aimed at defusing tensions behind deadly clashes in May, U.N. sources said on Sunday. The fighting killed dozens of people, drove 50,000 from their homes and burnt most of the town. Analysts said it created the...

Sudan factions reach peace deal over oil-region

Khartoum (Sudan): Sudan's former north-south foes have agreed on an administration for the disputed oil-producing Abyei region, where clashes this year had threatened to derail a 2005 peace deal, officials said on Friday. Clashes in Abyei in May killed scores and drove 50,000 from their homes. Abyei is home to oil wells that have fuelled an...

Gunman kills six civilians in Darfur

Darfur: Six people have been killed and 28 wounded after men on camels attacked a civilian convoy in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the UN has said. The convoy was travelling between Nyala and El Fasher in northern Darfur, according to Unamid, a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission. It said the attackers were suspected members of the...

Sudan names investigators for Darfur crimes

Khartoum: Sudanese Justice Minister Abdel-Basset Sabdrat Tuesday named a chief prosecutor to probe alleged crimes in the western region of Darfur, the country's official news agency SUNA reported. Nimr Ibrahim Mohamed, an advisor at the Justice Ministry, will head a committee in charge of investigating crimes in Darfur over the past five years and...

Sudan, AL agree to solve Darfur crisis

Cairo: Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa has reached a deal with Sudan to take measures to tackle the crisis in the restive Sudanese region of Darfur, the Egyptian state MENA news agency reported on Wednesday. The agreement was reached during Moussa's recent visit to Sudan, during which the AL chief held a series of talks with...

Sudan president assures peace, aid in Darfur

Khartoum(Sudan): Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in a show of defiance, made his first visit to Darfur on Wednesday since the International Criminal Court prosecutor accused him of genocide and war crimes and sought his arrest. Dancing to traditional music and chanting Islamic slogans, Bashir addressed thousands of Darfuris in the...

AU urge to defer ICC move against Sudan leader

Addis Ababa: African ministers urged the UN Security Council on Monday to seek the suspension of the International Criminal Court indictment of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir over Darfur war crimes. The African Union's Peace and Security Council, meeting in Ethiopia, called for the creation of a panel of distinguished Africans to...

No negotiation with ICC-says Sudan

Khartoum: The Sudanese government on Friday ruled out a settlement deal with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on handing over two accused Sudanese officials in return for dropping a warrant arrest against President Omar al-Bashir. "We would never surrender our minister Ahmad Harun or any ordinary citizen. We refuse to deal with this...

Arab FMs lash out ICC move against Sudanese president

Cairo: Arab foreign ministers on Saturday lashed out at accusations made by the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, describing the move as "unacceptable" and "unbalanced." Wrapping up an emergency meeting of the Arab League (AL) here late Saturday, the Arab...

Sudan nods to restore relations with Chad

Dakar: Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has agreed to restore diplomatic ties with neighbouring Chad, broken off in May after a rebel attack on the Sudanese capital Khartoum, mediator Senegal said on Friday. Senegal's government announced the move following a meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday between the Sudanese and...

African leaders condemn ICC move to arrest Sudan President

Addis Ababa: Former Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella on Thursday condemned the International Criminal Court's (ICC) indictment of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide as a dangerous measure. "The announcement made on 14 July by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court against an African head of state is...