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Sudan Accuses Israel in Deadly Airstrike

Sudan has accused Israel of carrying out a deadly airstrike Tuesday on a car on Sudan's eastern Red Sea coast.Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti said Wednesday that Sudan is "absolutely sure" Israel launched the attack, which killed two people near the Port Sudan airport.Officials have given different accounts of the airstrike - with police saying...

Obama Meets With New Sudan Envoy

President Barack Obama met at the White House on Friday with his new special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, amid mounting concerns about stability and security in the transition to independence for South Sudan on July 9. The president underscored his "serious concerns" about the situations in the oil-rich region of Abyei, and in Darfur. A White...

US Names New Sudan Envoy Amid Concern Over Abyei

The Obama administration on Thursday named veteran diplomat Princeton Lyman as its new special envoy for Sudan.  The announcement came amid growing U.S. concern about tensions in Sudan’s central Abyei region that threaten the country’s north-south peace process.  Lyman came out of retirement last year to become the administration’s advisor on...

Ethiopia Offers Olive Branch in Nile Water Sharing Dispute

Ethiopia is offering Egypt and Sudan an olive branch in their bitter dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. The offer includes possible joint ownership of a huge Ethiopian hydropower project that Egypt has tried to block.Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi launched a furious attack Friday on powerful interests seeking to prevent...

Egypt Favors Pragmatic Solution to Nile Water Sharing, Says Analyst

Water use issues have long been a source of contention among the Nile Basin countries, which disagree over the distribution of the river’s waters. For decades, the allocation has been determined by an agreement that’s been re-negotiated recently and that could alter the historic water-sharing arrangements for the Nile. The new accord, the...

Libya Conflict Could Create Crisis to the South, Analysts Say

Libya's southern neighbors appear ill-equipped to deal with the wave of refugees, mercenaries, and unemployed men that analysts fear is likely to come from the fighting in Libya.  The Niger desert town of Dirkou sits more than 1,600 kilometers due south of Libya's coastline where rebels are fighting with Western support to oust Libyan leader...

Nile River Countries Consider Cooperative Framework Agreement

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven upstream countries...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

UN Suspends Food Aid Deliveries to Chad Through Libya

The United Nations World Food Program says political violence in Libya has forced it to suspend the delivery of food through the Libyan corridor to hundreds of thousands of people in Chad.   The WFP says it has diverted two ships carrying 10,000 metric tons of food aid to the Red Sea port of Port Sudan.  Chad is a landlocked country.  The World...

Satellite Images Show Build-up of Northern Forces in Sudan’s Abyei Region

New satellite images of Sudan’s Abyei region reportedly show a build-up of forces backed by Khartoum government. Abyei, along with its oil reserves, remains a contested region between the north and the soon-to-be-independent South Sudan. Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative for the Satellite Sentinel...

Foreign Powers Press for Sudan Talks

The United States, Norway and Britain have called for talks to resume in Sudan so that plans can move ahead for the south’s independence later this year. The southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) called off talks with the Khartoum-based government on Saturday.  It said the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), based in the north, has...

South Sudan Accuses North of Ouster Plot, Genocide Plan

South Sudan has suspended pre-partition talks with the north, accusing Khartoum of planning to topple the south's government and kill its people.Pagan Amum, a senior official with the south's ruling party, said Saturday that the north is training and arming militias to destabilize south Sudan and oust the region's leaders before secession in July....

UN Official Hears Tales of Rebel Terror in DRC

The U.N. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs has completed a visit to the DRC with a trip to a province that’s been terrorized by LRA rebels. On Thursday, Valarie Amos went to Orientale Province, where there have been repeated brutal attacks by the rebels.  They are blamed for 2,000 deaths, 3,000 abductions and the displacement of 300...

US Military's Africa Command Gets New Chief

The founding commander of the U.S. military's Africa Command has retired after a nearly 40-year military career, saying the role of militaries in the current North African unrest is evidence of the value of building the kind of relationships the command was established to promote.  It was an emotional ceremony for General William Ward as he...

Dozens Beaten, Arrested at Sudan Anti-Government Rally

Sudanese security forces have beaten and arrested dozens of protesters at an anti-government rally in downtown Khartoum.Witnesses say about 500 police, many wielding batons, moved in against the protesters Wednesday soon after the rally began in Khartoum's Abu Janzeer square.In the short time they demonstrated, the protesters called for the...