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2006-04-04 03:39:33

By Opheera McDoom BOR, Sudan (Reuters) - As the hot African sun rose over the banks of the river Nile, 320 southern Sudanese crammed into a boat and chanted verses from the Bible before they set off on their way home after more than a decade in exile. "From the darkness into the light," the mostly women and children from the Dinka tribe chanted. They waved crosses and rose to their feet on the battered barge, the vessel that would carry them home. They are some of thousands who fled...

2006-02-11 14:12:50

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese military plane crashed at the airport in the southern town of Awil on Saturday killing all seven crew and 13 soldiers on board, officials said. "Twenty people were killed -- seven crew and 13 others, soldiers," said an army spokesman. He said it was an Antonov 29 plane that caught fire and exploded. The crash took place at 9:30 a.m. (0630 GMT). A senior southern army official said the plane crashed on landing at the airport when the front tire of the...

2005-08-22 15:32:18

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudan's Foreign Ministry has asked the United Nations to help investigate the July 30 helicopter crash that killed former southern rebel leader John Garang, U.N. officials said on Monday. The United Nations will provide transportation and logistical support into the crash site in Uganda, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said. Another official said the world body would help Sudan coordinate efforts with the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization,...

2005-08-11 04:10:08

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Southern Sudanese leader Salva Kiir was sworn in as first vice president of Sudan on Thursday, following the sudden death of his predecessor John Garang in a helicopter crash last week. Soldiers and military vehicles swarmed the capital Khartoum, where the ceremony took place, but missing were the scenes of jubilation that accompanied Garang's return to take up the same post just over a month ago. "I pledge my allegiance to the government of Sudan...

2005-08-10 12:50:13

By Daniel Wallis NAIROBI (Reuters) - The death of Sudanese Vice-President John Garang in a Ugandan helicopter crash has spawned a host of bizarre conspiracy theories in east Africa -- ranging from sabotage to Rwandan hijackers sneaking on board. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, whose helicopter Garang had been using, is particularly incensed by reports in Kampala that have gone into overdrive following the July 30 shock death of his friend and talismanic former southern rebel chief....

2005-08-08 15:58:46

WACO, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush on Monday stressed U.S. support for keeping Sudan's peace process going in phone calls to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and to the widow of former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang. White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Bush called Bashir as he returned to Texas from a trip to New Mexico. Bush "stressed the need to keep the peace process moving forward at this delicate moment." He welcomed President Bashir's commitment to implement the...

2005-08-08 12:51:10

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - President Bush on Monday telephoned the widow of former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang to offer his condolences and thank her for calling for calm in Sudan, the White House said. "He offered his condolences on behalf of himself and the American people on the death of her husband, Vice President John Garang," spokesman Trent Duffy told reporters aboard Air Force One as Bush flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico. "He also thanked her for calling for calm in Sudan....

2005-08-06 11:23:09

By Katie Nguyen JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - Wailing in grief, vast crowds of Sudanese paid their last respects on Saturday to former rebel leader John Garang as Sudan's president vowed to push on with the peace plan he forged with his former enemy. Garang's death in a helicopter crash last weekend -- just three weeks after he was sworn in as Sudan's vice-president -- stunned Africa, devastated his followers and fueled fears a January deal to end 21 years of north-south war may unravel. "We...

2005-08-05 17:07:45

By Katie Nguyen RUMBEK, Sudan (Reuters) - Former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang was due to be buried on Saturday, but uncertainty over the cause of his death after a deal to end Africa's longest civil war cast a shadow over the funeral. Garang's death in a helicopter crash just three weeks after being sworn in as Sudan's vice-president triggered angry riots in the capital Khartoum that left scores of people dead and fed fears the agreement to end 21 years of war would fail. His sudden...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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