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US Sudan Envoy Says Khartoum’s Belligerence Threatens North-South Talks

The U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan says Khartoum’s belligerent actions are threatening delicate negotiations on border issues and revenue sharing ahead of the South’s independence next month. Our correspondent in Addis Ababa reports hopes are rising for an easing of tension as diplomatic activity intensifies over the next few days.Tens of thousands...

Sudanese Border Battles Put Thousands on the Run

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing from intense fighting along the undefined border region between northern and southern Sudan, with humanitarian officials warning the violence is getting worse.The United Nations said Friday conditions have deteriorated rapidly in the north's South Kordofan state, where civilians are getting caught between...

ICC Prosecutor: Bashir Still Committing Crimes in Darfur

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says Sudan's government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.In comments Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the Sudanese Armed Forces continue to carry out aerial attacks and killings aimed at ethnic groups believed to support Darfur...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

Climate Change Threatens World Food Production

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

100,000 Sudanese Displaced from Abyei

The U.N. refugee agency said more civilians are fleeing Sudan’s Abyei region. They began moving south after clashes between northern and southern forces over the oil-rich town on May 21. The Sudan Armed Forces from the north have been in control there since. “In just a little bit over two weeks, we estimate that now there are about a hundred...

UN: 100,000 Flee Sudan's Abyei Region

The United Nations refugee agency says the number of people who have fled Sudan's disputed Abyei region has reached 100,000.A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Fatounata Lejeune-Kaba, said most of them are seeking refuge in Warrap state, south of Abyei.U.N. officials believe many displaced persons are still hiding in the...

UN Agency for Women the Culmination of Years of Effort

“Diplomats erupted in rousing applause,” reported a United Nations press release when the resolution passed to create a new body dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality. After four years, two General Assembly resolutions and much negotiating, U.N. Women was finally becoming a reality. The U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment...

New Agency Trains Women Leaders in Southern Sudan

Among the issues facing women in southern Sudan are high rates of poverty, illiteracy and maternal mortality. Bringing those numbers down by 2015 is the aim of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. Lucie Luguga, who is the program manager for UN Women in the region, says “Statistics show that out of a 100,000 women who give birth, 2,045...

UN Mission in Sudan Confirms Attacks in Kordofan State

A spokesperson for the U.N. Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) says the world body is concerned about new fighting in South Kordofan state. This comes as North Sudan's government over the weekend rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region, which it has occupied since May 21st. Hua Jiang, UNMIS public...

North Sudan Dismisses UN Call For Abyei Withdrawal

North Sudan's government has rejected a call from the U.N. Security Council to pull its troops out of the disputed Abyei region.On Friday, the Council condemned the north's occupation of Abyei, describing it as a "serious violation" of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan's north-south civil war.The north's foreign minister, Ali Ahmad Karti,...

UN Condemns Sudan For Taking Over Abyei

The U.N. Security Council is condemning Sudan's government for seizing control of the oil-rich Abyei region last month. The council Friday called on Sudan's military to stop all looting, burning and illegal resettlement in the region and to withdraw its forces immediately.It described Sudan's military operations in Abyei a "serious violation" of...

US Urges Immediate North-South Sudan Talks on Abyei Crisis

The United States is calling for immediate talks between the leaders of northern and southern Sudan to resolve a territorial dispute that threatens the peaceful secession of the south on July 9th. Two senior U.S. envoys visited Khartoum Wednesday to underscore U.S. concern. The State Department’s chief Africa diplomat is calling for emergency...

Thousands of Displaced Sudanese in Need of Food, Water, Shelter

Efforts continue to find, register and provide assistance to the many thousands of people who’ve fled the Sudanese town of Abyei and surrounding region. The exodus south began around May 20th, after fighting between northern and southern forces in the oil-rich area. The northern Sudan Armed Forces are now in control. The International Organization...