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Riot in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya Kills Two

Two Somali refugees are dead and about a dozen injured after rioting yesterday at the Dadaab refugee complex In Kenya. The U.N. human rights agency (UNHCR) says it began when police intervened over an illegally built structure near a food distribution point. The UNHCR says the incident was an indication of the pressures at the camp, which now...

Satellite Images Confirm Northern Sudanese Attacks

Satellite images released this week of Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region show evidence of attacks by northern Sudanese forces. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Southern Kordofan State. “The images we’re seeing over Southern Kordofan tell us two things. The Sudan Armed Forces [SAF] have…what’s consistent with artillery and mortar...

Gadhafi's Son Denies Ordering Libyan Troops to Kill Civilians

The son of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says that neither he nor his father ordered the killing of civilian protesters during Libya's ongoing pro-democracy rebellion against 42 years of autocratic rule.In an interview with the Russian news channel RT posted online Friday, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi defended the actions of Libya's military,...

Russia: France May Have Violated UN Arms Embargo on Libya

Russia says France may have violated a U.N. arms embargo on Libya by air-dropping weapons to rebels fighting troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi earlier this month.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday Moscow has asked Paris to explain the arms drop to rebels in Libya's Western Mountains region. He says that if the...

China Hosts Alleged War Criminal, Sudanese President Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is visiting China for talks with top officials. In a news conference after his arrival Tuesday, Chinese officials defended the visit by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Beijing early Tuesday morning, nearly one day later than...

Defiant Gadhafi Denounces NATO as 'Murderers'

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to continue fighting, as he denounced NATO for airstrikes that caused civilian casualties.Gadhafi said in an audio statement broadcast late Wednesday that NATO states are "murderers" who have "killed our children and grandchildren."AcknowledgementNATO acknowledged an airstrike on Sunday that caused civilian...

Italy, Arab League Head Call for End of Hostilities in Libya

Italy's foreign minister and the outgoing head of the Arab League have each called for a halt to hostilities in Libya.Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told Italian lawmakers Wednesday the suspension of military operations in Libya is "essential" for immediate humanitarian aid.Meanwhile, Britain's Guardian newspaper quoted Arab League head Amr...

Libya Says NATO Strike Kills Civilians in Tripoli

Libyan officials say NATO bombed a residential neighborhood in the capital Sunday, killing at least five civilians, including children.Journalists were taken to the Arada district of Tripoli where rescue operations were under way at a destroyed building. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim accused NATO of "intentional and deliberate targeting of...

Egyptians Honor Activist Whose Death Sparked Revolution

Hundreds of Egyptians have taken to the streets to honor activist Khaled Said, beaten to death in the northern city of Alexandria one year ago in a savage attack blamed on police. The incident helped inspire the uprising that brought down Egypt's president.Pictures of the 28-year-old's badly disfigured and bloodied face quickly spread over the...

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...

Political Agreement Needed in Abyei Crisis, Says Sudan Ruling Party Official

An official of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says the national armed forces will not withdraw from the disputed, oil-rich Abyei region until a political solution is reached. Northern forces seized Abyei last weekend. Ibrahim Ghandour, head of information and media affairs of the NCP, said the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA...

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...

Libyan Rebels Free 4 Detained Frenchmen

The foreign ministry of France says four French nationals held by Libyan rebels on suspicion of spying have been freed.A ministry statement Saturday said the four men were brought to Egypt and taken into the care of French consular officials.The four worked for a private security firm and were detained by Libyan rebel forces in the rebel...