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2006-08-25 14:28:34

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, which is trying to get Khartoum to accept a U.N. force in Darfur, said on Friday Sudan was preparing a new offensive in its devastated western province and that rebels there were rearming. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, who spoke before leaving for a visit to Sudan, said the situation was getting much worse in Darfur and a U.N. force was needed urgently to stop what Washington has called...

2006-08-24 17:15:41

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council president challenged Sudan on Thursday to attend a meeting next week on the crisis in Darfur and said the session would go on with or without an official Sudanese presence. Nana Effah-Apenteng, Ghana's U.N. ambassador and the council president for August, acknowledged, however, that the Monday meeting would be scaled back after the Arab League asked for its postponement and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir...

2006-08-24 14:48:53

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is sending a top U.S. diplomat to Khartoum to try to persuade Sudan to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur, the State Department said on Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, said she would leave for Sudan on Friday to tell President Omar Hassan al-Bashir that a U.N. force was needed urgently in Darfur to end what Washington has called genocide. "Darfur is on the verge of a dangerous...

2006-08-24 13:21:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fed up with Sudan's refusal to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur, President George W. Bush is sending one of his top diplomats to Khartoum to convince the government to accept such a force, the State Department said on Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said she would leave for Sudan on Friday to discuss with its leaders how a "credible and legitimate" U.N. force can be deployed to Sudan's troubled western Darfur...

2006-08-23 14:19:13

LONDON (Reuters) - Sex attacks on displaced women collecting firewood in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region have surged to 200 a month from just a handful as security deteriorates, an international aid agency said on Wednesday. Darfuri women are forced to walk several miles into isolated bush from their camp confines to search for fuel, and a peace deal agreed in May between the Khartoum government and a Darfur rebel group has done little to bring security for them. The International...

2006-08-22 19:29:27

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Children are still being abducted, killed, raped and pressed into warfare as soldiers by armed groups in Sudan -- including the country's army -- despite peace deals in the south and west, the United Nations reported on Tuesday. Other groups abducting and recruiting children for war in the country's western Darfur region included the government-backed Janjaweed militias and the rebel Sudan Liberation Army, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said...

2006-08-21 17:31:21

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A key U.N. Security Council member said on Monday he was puzzled by an Arab League request for an indefinite delay in a planned council meeting on the crisis in Darfur. Ghanaian U.N. ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng, the Security Council president for August, said he got a positive response when he asked the Arab League about the meeting last week. "The initial response I had from the Arab League was that they were positive with respect to...

2006-08-20 13:42:51

CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab governments on Sunday asked the U.N. Security Council to postpone a meeting on Darfur and give the Sudanese government more time to explain its plan to restore order in the troubled region. After a one-day meeting in Cairo, Arab foreign ministers also backed an extension of the mandate of the African Union peace force in Darfur until the end of the year. The United States and Britain have introduced a resolution in the Security Council that would deploy up to...

2006-08-18 17:02:58

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on the Sudanese government on Friday to allow a U.N. peacekeeping force to replace the 7,000-strong African troops in Darfur, and both U.N. and U.S. officials warned of increasing violence. Britain and the United States have introduced a Security Council resolution that would field up to 17,000 troops and 3,000 police in the lawless western region, despite opposition from the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum. The...

2006-08-18 16:37:42

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sudan's plan to send 10,500 new government troops to its Darfur region would violate a peace deal and is just a bid by Khartoum to stop the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers, a rights watchdog said on Friday. Human Rights Watch said it had obtained a copy of the plan by Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is opposed to a U.N. force taking over from the under-financed African Union troops that have been the only bulwark against violence...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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