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UN Reports Burning, Looting in Sudan's Abyei

The U.N. mission in Sudan reports burning and looting in the contested town of Abyei, which north Sudanese forces seized two days ago.The mission strongly condemned the violence in a statement Monday and said the north's army is responsible for maintaining law and order in the areas they control.The U.N. blamed the burning and looting on "armed...

Sudanese Civilians Flee Fighting In Abyei

In Sudan, a medical aid group said Monday that weekend fighting in Abyei has driven out most of the city’s civilian population. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] is treating both sick and wounded at its hospital in Agok, about 40 kilometers south of Abyei. “We have two teams permanently based, one of them in Abyei and the second one in Agok. So, we...

Sudan Government Cancels UN Meetings, Captures Disputed Abyei Town

Sudan has rebuffed attempts by the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a territorial dispute that threatens to mar the birth of a new Southern Sudanese state. The council responded with a strong warning that nothing should come in the way of the South’s independence in July. The Security Council’s two-day mission to Sudan got off to a...

Sudan Ruling Party Official Insists Abyei Region Belongs to the North

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says northern soldiers took over the disputed oil-rich region to ensure peace, stability and improved security. Rabie Abdelati Obeid insists Abyei remains part of the north until a future referendum is held to determine its fate. “The [northern] government,” he added, “is...

Sudan's Disputed Abyei Region Under Northern Control

Sudan's northern government says it has taken control of the disputed Abyei region, raising the specter of a new civil war with south Sudan as that region prepares for independence.Amin Hassan Omar, a minister of state for presidential affairs, told a news conference Sunday that northern forces are clearing Abyei of southern army troops.North...

UN Security Council Cancels Visit to Sudan’s Abyei Region, Citing Violence

The United Nations Security Council has cancelled a visit to Sudan’s disputed Abyei region after government forces launched an offensive, capturing a main town.  UN officers briefing diplomats and journalists Saturday said northern Sudanese forces had taken control of the town of Abyei after a day of heavy shelling. Spokeswoman Hua Jiang said...

UN Security Council Visit to AU Headquarters Kicks Off Week of High-Level Talks

The African Union (AU) is gearing up for a big week, beginning with a visit by the United Nations Security Council, followed by two continental summits, one focusing on Libya and another on trade. All the continent’s hotspots will be under review.African Union headquarters is in a festive mood as it begins possibly the busiest and most significant...

Funding Development through Diaspora Remittances

A new initiative was launched this week to spur development with funds from the Diaspora. The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture [DIA] initiative is co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]. The program aims to tap into the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Diaspora...

Sudan Blames SPLA for Attack

Sudanese armed forces say rival southern forces were behind Friday's attack on U.N. peacekeepers and Sudanese soldiers in the oil rich Abyei region.But a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army, or SPLA, tells Reuters news agency that his forces were not invovled in the attack.U.N. officials say two people were wounded in the incident....

Observers: Vote in Key Sudanese Oil State Credible

International observers say controversial elections in a key oil-producing state in Sudan were credible.The U.S.-based Carter Center said Thursday it did not find any evidence to suggest the re-election of Ahmed Haroun as governor of South Kordofan should be invalidated.Sudan's election commission announced Haroun's victory at the polls Sunday,...

US Envoy Optimistic of Peaceful Sudan Separation

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman says he is “reasonably optimistic” that Sudanese parties can amicably resolve their remaining issues before south Sudan becomes independent on July 9. Senior officials of the north and south's ruling parties are to resume talks on the separation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.Lyman, a veteran U.S...

UN Mission Denies Leaving North Sudan

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has denied a report that it is leaving the country's north ahead of south Sudan's independence in July.The pro-government Sudanese Media Center said Monday that the U.N. mission has begun moving equipment to the southern capital of Juba from five offices in the north, including one in the capital,...

Ethiopia, UN Mount Joint Search Operation for Kidnapped Aid Workers

Ethiopia and U.N. security agencies have launched a search for two aid workers apparently kidnapped in an ambush in the insurgency-wracked Ogaden region. One other worker was killed in the incident and a fourth was wounded.Details of the incident are sketchy. Officials of the U.N. World Food Program say two of their vehicles were ambushed by...

Government Policies, Rivalries Negatively Affect Minority Rights in Africa

Minority Rights Group International released its annual report Thursday in which six of the top 10 countries listed in its Peoples Under Threat index are located in Africa. Group members say discriminatory government policies and long-standing rivalries over resources are the major factors that make particular ethnic groups and communities targets...

Uganda Obliged to Arrest Bashir in Kampala, Says ICC Top Official

An official of the International Criminal Court [ICC] said as a signatory to the Rome Statute, Uganda is obligated to arrest and hand over Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to the court, if he travels to Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to be inaugurated for his fourth term of office today (Thursday.) “What is important from...