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Darfur crisis puts Sudan in trouble

Somalia: The "whole state apparatus" of Sudan is implicated in crimes against humanity in Darfur, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has said. Luis Moreno-Ocampo's report into the crisis in western Sudan, due on Thursday, coincides with a visit to the region by the UN Security Council. Sudan's ambassador to...

US talks with Sudan fails over Abyei

Sudan: The United States suspended talks with Sudan on normalising relations on Tuesday, saying leaders from the north and south were not serious about ending clashes that have stoked fears of a return to civil war.   The announcement by the U.S. envoy to Sudan raised pressure on both sides as the U.N. Security Council began talks with the...

Egypt deports 30 Sudanese refugees

Egypt: Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to investigate the forced return of Sudanese who had been given official refugee status in the country.   The Washington-based rights organization said that forcible return of refugees is a violation of Egypt's obligations under international law. According to relatives' accounts of five of the...

Police detain a Zimbabwe opposition leader

Harare (Zimbabwe): A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician has been arrested over a written attack on Robert Mugabe. Arthur Mutambara, who recently pledged to work with a rival opposition leader to defeat President Mugabe in run-off elections, was detained in Harare. His lawyer told the the news agency his client had been accused of publishing...

South Sudan officials reject government Abyei plan

Khartoum: Southern Sudanese officials on Saturday dismissed Khartoum's proposal for a joint north-south administration in oil-rich Abyei as a publicity stunt that would not resolve tension in the flashpoint town.   Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday his government had suggested shared control over Abyei, where fighting...

ICC to start a case against top Sudanese officials

The Hague: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Friday he will open a case against senior members of Sudan's government as Khartoum has failed to arrest a minister he indicted over crimes in Darfur. Luis Moreno Ocampo said he would brief the U.N. Security Council on June 5 about a new Darfur case he planned to bring...

Sudan ministers withdraw from talks with US

Khartoum (Sundan): South Sudanese officials said on Tuesday they were pulling out of talks between Sudan and the United States, saying the negotiations could have emboldened northern soldiers to attack a disputed oil town. Tens of thousand of civilians fled the central town of Abyei last week during clashes between northern and southern troops,...

Fresh north-south war looming in Sudan, SPLM leader says

Khartoum: The secretary-general of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) said on Monday his country was on the brink of a new north-south civil war, and called on northern forces to leave a disputed oil town. "We're on the brink of war. Clashes have already happened," SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amum told a...

Horseback attacks UN force in Darfur

Darfur (Sudan): Armed men on horseback have attacked and stolen the weapons of Nigerian UN peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region. The joint UN-African Union troops were ambushed by up to 60 men armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades on Wednesday, the Unamid peace force said. It is not clear who was behind the attack, which has been...

Darfur rebel commander detained in Sudan

Khartoum: Sudan has arrested a senior commander of the Darfur rebel force that launched an attack on Khartoum in which at least 200 people were killed this month, state media said on Thursday.   State media said Abdel Aziz el-Nur Ashr was the half brother of Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). A...

Clashes with rebels kill 22 soldiers in Sudan

Sudan: At least 22 Sudanese soldiers have been killed and 45 wounded in fighting with former southern rebels in the oil-rich town of Abyei.   "Twenty-two Sudan Armed Forces soldiers were killed and 45 were injured" in a six hour battle Tuesday, said Brigadier General Muntasser Sabil Adam, commander of government forces in Abyei on...

Civilians displaced in forests by last week clashes

  Nairobi: Thousands of civilians who were displaced from Abyei town by clashes last week between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) are living rough in nearby forests. "The whole civilian population in Abyei town and surrounding villages was pushed out of town in disarray by the heavy bombardments...