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Sudan army, rebel clash hits Darfur peace deal

Sudan’s army said on Thursday it attacked the only Darfur rebel group that signed a 2006 peace deal saying it planned to join forces with rebels still fighting the government, dealing a heavy blow to the struggling accord. The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Arcua Minnawi signed the internationally-brokered Darfur Peace Agreement with Sudan’s government in the Nigerian capital ...

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South Sudan urges UN to probe alleged bombing

KHARTOUM — Sudan’s southern former rebels on Tuesday demanded a UN probe into alleged aerial bombing by the north’s army ahead of a referendum widely tipped to lead to the partition of Africa’s biggest nation. “We call on the Security Council of the United Nations… to form a team of investigation that will also involve the structures for ceasefire implementation ...

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US pragmatism on Sudan is fading

Fears are rising that Sudan’s 2005 comprehensive peace agreement, which ended decades of north-south conflict, is about to collapse as it approaches its biggest test – a nationwide referendum on southern independence scheduled for 9 January. This intensification of international misgivings was predictable. The ruling National Congress party was never going to accept southern secession without a fuss; after all, ...

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UN-backed demobilization process kicks off in southern Sudan

Thousands of former fighters are taking part in a new United Nations-supported disarmament drive in the far south of Sudan. The seven ex-combatants – three women and four men – were disarmed, registered and issued certificates during the launch of the scheme yesterday in Torit, the capital of Eastern Equatoria state in southern Sudan. They are the first of some ...

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Clooney on peace mission for Sudan

Actor George Clooney has joined the UN Security Council in a heart-wrenching effort to publicise the human suffering in the African country. US news reporter, Ann Curry, quoted Clooney in her blog: ‘If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?’ Clooney said. The actor has travelled to the ...

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The International Food Security Treaty: Human Rights Law and the Eradication of World Hunger

John Teton, Director, International Food Security Treaty Campaign, will discuss “The International Food Security Treaty: Human Rights Law and the Eradication of World Hunger,” at 6 p.m., Oct. 7, in Room 128, Yale Law School. A proposed treaty that aims to end hunger with the aid of international law, known as the International Food Security Treaty (IFST), will be described by John Teton, ...

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Sudan discusses disarmament with Chadian rebels

Sudan is holding talks with the Chadian rebel about their armed presence in the country, told the AFP the spokesperson of the rebel Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR) on Monday. Once their best supporter, the improvement of bilateral relations between Khartoum and Ndjamena pushed the Sudanese and Chadian authorities to stop their support for rebel groups from both sides. ...

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UN summit ends with Swiss leader’s appeal to ‘spirit’ for action beyond rhetoric

World leaders wrapped up an annual rite of global diplomacy Wednesday, pledging to try to do more despite many of them feeling that they have less in their pockets to contribute. At the U.N. General Assembly’s annual high-level gathering, which lasted almost two weeks, presidents and ministers vowed to extract tens of billions more from their financially hard-hit nations to ...

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