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A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (photo: AFP /UNAMID/ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN)

UN deadline in Sudan set to end without progress

  As the United Nations’ deadline for peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan looms ever nearer, Sudan has been plagued by the largest anti-government demonstration the country has seen since austerity measures were implemented in June. The protest raged on Tuesday as over 1,000 people, mostly students, took to the streets in Darfur in …

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Regional Briefs on Israel, Yemen, Sudan, Syria

Israel Israel’s Defence Ministry Ehud Barak has ordered the destruction of eight Palestinian villages in the southern region of Hebron for being “illegal dwellings in a fire zone,” despite proof that the villages have been located there since 1830. The area is to be used by Israeli Defence Forces for military training, including live-fire exercises, …

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    Syria: BRUSSELS (AP) — Members of Syrian opposition groups met in a conference in Belgium on Sunday to discuss their political differences and Syria’s democratic transition. Groups discussed whether the Syrian opposition should request foreign military intervention and whether the groups should begin negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. According to activists more …

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Unrest spreads in Sudan amid deadly standoff with South

By Ian Timberlake / AFP KHARTOUM: Rebels in the eastern border state of Blue Nile claimed dozens of government dead on Friday as unrest spread within Sudan, 10 days after a deadly standoff with the South erupted over a major oilfield. In Sudan’s western Darfur region, peacekeepers expressed concern that rebels were exploiting the Sudan-South …

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Arab League calls emergency meeting on 2 Sudans

By Michael Onyiego / AP JUBA: The Arab League said Thursday it would hold an emergency meeting over the increasing violence between Sudan and South Sudan. The south reported new skirmishes even as Sudan’s president increased his threats of war toward the south. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir said the recent violence has “revived the spirit …

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Pressure mounts to pull rival Sudans back from brink

By Ian Timberlake / AFP KHARTOUM: South Sudanese forces have made a diversionary attack near the contested Abyei region, state-linked media in Khartoum said, as international pressure mounted Wednesday to pull the rivals back from the brink of all-out war. The attack against Sudanese troops occurred Tuesday in the Bahr El Arab River area, 62 …

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Sudanese warplanes bomb UN camp in South Sudan

By Waakhe Wudu / AFP JUBA: Sudanese warplanes bombed a UN peacekeepers’ base, damaging it but causing no casualties in the first such attack since a recent escalation of fighting with South Sudan, officials said Monday. Bombing raids on Sunday also killed nine civilians elsewhere in South Sudan’s Unity border state, said the area’s information minister, …

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Sudan, South Sudan troops on edge as fighting ebbs

By Waakhe Wudu / AFP JUBA: Fierce border clashes between South Sudan and Sudan appeared to ease Friday, although the rival armies steeled themselves for fresh violence amid international fears of full-scale conflict. World powers have urged restraint following the latest round of heavy fighting that first broke out Tuesday, with waves of aerial bombardment hitting …

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South Sudan’s Kiir rejects calls to withdraw troops

By Hannah McNeish / AFP JUBA: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir rejected calls Thursday to pull out from contested border regions, but said he did not want war with Khartoum, whose warplanes bombed a Southern town for the first time. Three days of heavy fighting between rival armies this week, the worst since South Sudan …

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Battles raging on disputed border, 2 Sudans say

By Michael Onyiego / AP JUBA: Battles raged Wednesday along the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan, officials from both countries said, and a South Sudan official said the fighting is “spreading all over.” The two sides fought a civil war that lasted decades, and any increase in sporadic border clashes raises the risk …

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Sudan halts talks with South after ‘most serious’ attack

By AFP KHARTOUM: Sudan’s parliament on Wednesday called a halt to negotiations with South Sudan, official radio reported, as the foreign ministry accused Juba of the worst violation of its territory since independence. “Parliament decided to stop negotiations and withdraw the delegation immediately from Addis Ababa,” Radio Omdurman reported after a second day of renewed …

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Sudan calls off launch of $1 billion sugar plant

By Ulf Laessing / Reuters KHARTOUM: Sudan has shelved the launch of a $1 billion sugar plant, state media said on Tuesday, delaying a strategic industrial project that was meant to help the government overcome a severe economic crisis. The African country is trying to cut food imports that are stoking inflation. Sudan is undergoing an …

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Sudan, S.Sudan pledge peace as crisis talks delayed

By AFP ADDIS ABABA: African-brokered crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after days of border clashes were delayed Thursday but the rival sides pledged to stop an escalation into full-blown war. The talks in the Ethiopian capital were likely to be deferred because chief mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, could only reach …

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Bodies, destroyed tanks at scene of Sudan battle

By Abdelmoneim Abu Edris Ali / AFP HEGLIG: Dead bodies and destroyed tanks lay in Sudan’s southern oil centre of Heglig on Wednesday after government forces and South Sudanese troops clashed along the border, sparking international alarm. Smoke still rose from a damaged residence at the battle scene. An AFP reporter observed the damage while accompanying …

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Sudan sugar maker Kenana plans Hong Kong IPO

By Alexander Dziadosz / Reuters KHARTOUM: Kenana, Sudan’s biggest sugar company, is planning to raise $200 million listing a quarter of its shares in Hong Kong in December, to finance new projects. Kenana wants to more than double output to over 1 million tons annually and establish itself as a major exporter, managing director Mohamed El …

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Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy in US

By Agencies WASHINGTON: Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. The protesters accuse Sudan’s president, Omar Al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan. Clooney, his father, Nick …

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Sudan to launch $1 bln sugar plant, eyes exports from 2014

By Ulf Laessing / Reuters NEAR ABU HEBERA VILLAGE: Sudan plans to increase sugar production by 450,000 tons annually with the help of a $1 billion plant, aiming to end dependency on imports and start exporting sugar by 2014, officials and executives said. The African country is trying to cut food imports stoking inflation and eating …

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