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2006-01-20 05:33:04

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's push to head the African Union gathered pace on Friday with no sign of a rival bid despite concerns that a Sudanese presidency would hurt Africa's reputation and AU-sponsored peace efforts in Darfur. Sudan is hosting a summit of the 53-nation body next week, and by tradition the host takes over the chairmanship. Critics say this would undermine AU-mediated talks to end the conflict in Sudan's west where AU troops are monitoring a...

2006-01-19 07:11:28

ABUJA (Reuters) - The African Union has criticized the Sudanese government and rebels for failing to make progress in talks aimed at ending three years of killing, rape and looting in the western region of Darfur. Talks have stalled over issues of power sharing and how to create a final cease-fire and they need to be revitalized, according to an AU statement quoting its chief mediator Sam Ibok. "Ibok made clear to the Sudanese Parties the disappointment of the African Union Peace...

2006-01-13 14:31:04

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States supports augmenting African Union forces in Sudan's western Darfur region with U.N. peacekeepers but has not offered its own troops for such a mission, U.S. officials said on Friday. The African Union, which has about 7,000 peacekeepers trying to monitor a shaky ceasefire in Darfur, said on Friday it supported "in principle" handing over its mission in Darfur to U.N. peacekeepers because it was running out of money. A final...

2006-01-10 18:23:38

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Weapons are flowing to anti-government rebels in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region from neighboring Chad, Eritrea and Libya in violation of a U.N. arms embargo, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The embargo, imposed on all non-government forces in Darfur in July 2004, has also failed to prevent the government from arming the Arab militias that act as its proxy fighters in the Darfur conflict, the experts said....

2005-12-31 07:32:40

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan commemorates 50 years of independence on Sunday, but some question if the African nation racked by conflicts and dependent on foreign aid and peacekeepers should really be celebrating. In 2005, Sudan ended Africa's longest civil war in its south with a peace deal on January 9, ushering in hopes of an era of stability and development in one of the poorest areas on earth. The south has been devastated by conflict for all but 11 years since...

2005-12-29 15:52:55

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - After nearly three years of civil war in Darfur, the Sudanese government has yet to make real gains in ending militia attacks that have left tens of thousands dead, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported on Thursday. "Large-scale attacks against civilians continue, women and girls are being raped by armed groups, yet more villages are being burned, and thousands more are being driven from their homes," he said in a report dated December...

2005-12-29 15:17:39

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - After nearly three years of civil war in Darfur, the Sudanese government has yet to make real gains in ending militia attacks that have left tens of thousands dead, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported on Thursday. "Large-scale attacks against civilians continue, women and girls are being raped by armed groups, yet more villages are being burned, and thousands more are being driven from their homes," he said in a report dated December...

2005-12-17 05:15:05

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - China's trade and oil interests in Sudan have induced the permanent U.N. Security Council member to provide diplomatic cover for the government accused by many of war crimes against its own people, analysts say. Sudan has had its back against the wall of the U.N. headquarters in New York during the past 18 months over the conflict in Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have died as a result of violence the United States called genocide....

2005-12-06 14:27:40

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The international community must act quickly to stop violence in Sudan getting worse and to get the peace process back on track, the U.N.'s refugee chief said on Tuesday. "The situation has been worsening and worsening in Darfur. In the east ... (it) is also very complicated and the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea is only widening it," said Antonio Guterres, the U.N. Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Even in the south things are not as easy as they...

2005-12-06 07:37:55

By Opheera McDoom ABUJA (Reuters) - Finding a consensus on land rights and disarmament is essential to advance peace talks between Sudan's government and Darfur rebels, African mediators said, although both sides were far apart on the issues. The latest talks to end the violence in Darfur opened last week in Abuja with the rebels, presenting a unified front, forcing the government to tackle the key theme of power sharing for the first time after six previous negotiating rounds....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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