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Sudanese Government Concerned About Uprising, Says Opposition Leader

The leader of Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party [PCP] says the ruling National Congress Party [NCP] is using state security agencies to intimidate opponents ahead of south Sudan’s scheduled July independence. Hassan Al-Turabi, who was recently released from jail, said the ruling party seems to be concerned that the south’s separation could...

Crisis Group: Sudan at 'Tipping Point' over Abyei Clashes

As north and south Sudan agree to a troop withdrawal in the disputed region of Abyei, the International Crisis Group is warning that rising tensions in the region could threaten the broader peace as Sudan prepares for its July split.  In an effort to quell clashes between armed groups and security forces in Sudan’s oil-producing Abyei region, the...

Sudanese Army: 82 Killed in South Sudan Fighting

The army of south Sudan says 82 people have been killed in fighting between rebel militia and civilians in Warrap state.Army spokesman Philip Aguer said Tuesday that the clashes broke out when rebels attacked a cattle camp, killing 34 people and wounding 45.  He says the cattle herders later ambushed the militiamen, killing 48 of them.Aguer said...

Oxfam: Civilians Pay Unacceptable Price in Armed Conflicts

The U.N. Security Council meets Tuesday to discuss the principle of protection of civilians in armed conflict. The humanitarian agency Oxfam described the international community’s efforts as “uneven and often biased.” In a new report, Oxfam looked at 18 armed conflicts that affected civilians last year. It said civilians have paid an unacceptable...

UN: North, South Sudan Agree on Abyei Troop Pullout

The United Nations says north and south Sudan have agreed to withdraw "all unauthorized forces" from the disputed and oil-rich Abyei region beginning on Tuesday.In a statement released late Sunday, the U.N. Mission in Sudan said there was "good will" in talks between the two sides, and that they signed an agreement to complete the pullout by May...

Sudan Ruling Party Official Rejects Critical Think Tank Report

Sudan’s ruling party has rejected an International Crisis Group report critical of the government, according to Rabie Abdelati Obeid of the National Congress Party. Obeid said the Belgium-based think tank’s study is based on what he described as “false information.” “We are not recognizing the content of this report because the situation here on...

Sudan’s Ruling Party Denies Responsibility for Abyei Clashes

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says reports of 14 deaths in Abyei Tuesday are “completely false.” The victims were said to have died in clashes between the [northern] Sudanese army and southern forces. The violence began when police stopped a convoy of northern troops that had entered Abyei, which is rich in oil...

South Sudan Faces Numerous Challenges Ahead of Independence

Tensions are rising in Sudan ahead of the official separation of Africa's largest nation into separate countries.  Many issues - citizenship, border disputes, oil revenues, internal clashes - still remain unresolved.  This raises questions about whether solutions can be found before South Sudan officially declares its independence on July 9.About...

North-South Clash in Sudan Kills 12 in Disputed Abyei Region

At least 12 people were killed after a northern Sudanese army convoy entered the contested north-south border region of Abyei, sparking clashes with southern police.Abyei's top administrator, Deng Arop Kuol, says the fighting broke out Sunday when a Sudanese army convoy entered Abyei despite efforts by southern police to stop them.Kuol said a...

Ethiopia Freezes Nile Water Treaty in Sign of Thaw With Egypt

Ethiopia has agreed to postpone ratification of a treaty on sharing Nile River water until a new Egyptian government takes office to join the negotiations. The delay eases a long-running dispute between upstream countries at the source of the Nile and downstream countries that claim historic rights to the water.Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles...

US Criticizes Sudan’s Bashir Over Abyei Comments

The United States on Thursday criticized an assertion by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that Khartoum will not recognize South Sudan as independent, if it claims the disputed Abyei region. South Sudan is set to become fully independent in July. The State Department’s top Africa diplomat is framing Bashir's comments on Abyei as unhelpful, and is...

US Commission Cites Egypt for Violating Religious Freedoms

For the first time, an independent U.S. commission is recommending Egypt be added to a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty. The recommendation was contained in the Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report.The bipartisan commission says Egypt’s religious minorities, like Coptic Christians, have faced severe...

Sacked Sudanese Security Adviser ‘Flouted’ Party Rules, says Ruling Party Spokesman

President Omar Hassan sacked his security adviser, Sala Gosh, for ‘arrogating powers to himself’ and disrespecting the party’s hierarchy, said Rabie Abdelati Obeid, a prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP). Gosh's removal follows his public disagreement with the number two figure in the ruling National Congress Party,...

Libya Conflict Has Displaced 550,000 People

U.S. officials said Monday that more than a half-million people, most of them third-country nationals, have fled Libya since the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi's government began in February. And they say about 5,000 people are joining the exodus every day.  Officials here say the outflow is affecting all six countries bordering Libya, but with...

Over 150 Dead as South Sudan Army, Rebels Clash

Officials in south Sudan say more than 150 people have been killed in clashes between the region's army and two separate rebel militias.Army officials say one militia, led by Gabriel Tanginya, surrendered late Sunday after a fierce gunbattle a day earlier. Army spokesman Malaak Ayuen said 57 rebels and seven solders died in the battle.Officials...