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2006-01-27 07:51:26

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday that 14 of the 183 Sudanese detained in Egypt deserve refugee status, but urged authorities not to deport any of the jailed group due to instability in their homeland. Egyptian police originally rounded up more than 600 Sudanese who were part of a group that staged a three-month protest that ended in violent clashes and more than two dozen refugee deaths in December, but has released more than 440. A team of legal experts from the...

2006-01-24 08:57:01

By Opheera McDoom and Nick Tattersall KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The African Union on Tuesday chose Congo Republic as a compromise to chair the organization after opposition to Sudan because of fears its human rights record could hurt the continent's credibility. Under the deal, Sudan takes over leadership of the 53-nation body after Congo Republic steps down next year. Critics had said Sudan should not get the chair while it was under fire for rights abuses in its western region of...

2006-01-24 08:10:00

By Stephanie Hancock N'DJAMENA, Chad (Reuters) - Young men in Chad are being rounded up, given guns and used as little more than human shields as the army battles a growing rebel threat near its eastern border, rights groups and students say. Hundreds of youths had been press-ganged and sent to the border with Sudan's troubled Darfur region to fight in Chad's army, which has been weakened by mass desertions, the groups said. The government denies forcing youths to fight. "There's absolutely...

2006-01-24 04:54:55

By Opheera McDoom and Nick Tattersall KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An African summit on Tuesday picked Congo Republic to head the African Union after strong opposition to Sudan taking over the leadership because of fears its human rights record could hurt African credibility abroad. Under a compromise deal, Sudan takes over leadership of the pan-African body after Congo Republic steps down next year. Critics had said Sudan should not get the chair while it was under fire for rights abuses in...

2006-01-24 02:42:34

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A special African Union panel will propose on Tuesday Congo Republic should become next head of the 53-nation organization instead of Sudan after critics said a Sudanese presidency would damage the AU's reputation. The five-nation panel was set up on the first day of a two-day AU summit on Monday to break a deadlock over Sudan's leadership bid. Critics say a Sudanese presidency would hurt the AU's mission to promote democracy and human rights....

2006-01-23 12:44:00

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Five African states will propose who should be the next head of the 53-nation African Union and present their choice to a summit to end a stalemate over Sudan's bid for the post, an AU official said on Monday. The official, who asked not to be named, said the five countries are Egypt, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Djibouti and Burkina Faso, each representing one of the five main regions of Africa. Their choice would go before the summit on Tuesday, he said. Sudan, under fire...

2006-01-23 07:53:56

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Five African leaders have asked Sudan to withdraw its bid to head the African Union because the appointment could sink Darfur peace talks and dent the group's credibility, an AU official and delegates said on Monday. Sudan has nominated itself to chair the 53-member AU, based on a tradition that the host of its summit becomes next head. Sudan, which is under fire for rights abuses, wants to succeed Nigeria at the two-day summit that opened in...

2006-01-23 03:20:26

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Five African leaders have asked Sudan to withdraw its bid to head the African Union because, if named, it could sink the Darfur peace talks and dent the group's credibility, an AU official said on Monday. Sudan has nominated itself to chair the 53-member AU, based on a tradition that the host becomes the next head. Sudan, which is under fire for rights abuses, wants to take over from Nigeria at the two-day summit which opened in Khartoum on...

2006-01-22 13:23:54

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan toned down its campaign to head the African Union on Sunday after some member nations appeared reluctant to back a bid that could hurt Africa's image and scupper talks to end fighting in Darfur in west Sudan. Under fire for rights abuses, Sudan wants to take over the presidency of the 53-member organization from Nigeria at a two-day AU summit in Khartoum that starts on Monday. By tradition, the host is given the chair. But Khartoum's bid...

2006-01-14 12:35:11

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Saturday it believed it was entitled to take the chair of the African Union after a summit it is hosting this month, but acknowledged its prospects were unclear. Rights groups question how Sudan can act as Africa's ambassador when it is in the international firing line over its military campaign in the Darfur region -- a conflict that has caused one of the world's worst humanitarian crises and prompted U.S. accusations of...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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