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2006-08-31 13:20:13

Corrects ninth paragraph to show one rebel group, not two, signed a peace deal with the government in May. By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday voted to create a United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region, despite the Khartoum government's strong opposition. The vote was 12 in favor, with abstentions from Russia, China and Qatar, the only Arab council member. But the troops will not be deployed until Sudan consents. The...

2006-08-31 12:27:53

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday voted to create a United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region, despite the Khartoum government's strong opposition. The vote was 12 in favor, with abstentions from Russia, China and Qatar, the only Arab council member. But the troops will not be deployed until Sudan consents. The United Nations wants to replace and absorb an African Union force in Darfur, which has only enough money to...

2006-08-30 14:28:07

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudan may consent to a U.N. peacekeeping force sooner than expected once the Security Council adopts a resolution authorizing the operation, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Wednesday. Despite Khartoum's opposition, the United States and Britain are pushing for a vote on Thursday on a resolution that would augment an African Union force immediately with air, engineering and communications support and authorize a U.N. operation of up to...

2006-08-30 02:25:31

By Opheera McDoom and Irwin Arieff KHARTOUM/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Britain plan to push for a vote on a U.N. resolution sending peacekeeping troops to Darfur, despite a fresh rejection by Sudan on Tuesday of any deployment of U.N. troops there. The U.S. and British sponsored resolution would authorize the deployment of 20,000 U.N. troops and police in Darfur to take over from some 7,000 African Union troops, who have been unable to end bloodshed in the...

2006-08-29 15:47:45

By Opheera McDoom and Irwin Arieff KHARTOUM/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Britain plan to push for a vote on a U.N. resolution sending peacekeeping troops to Darfur, despite a fresh rejection by Sudan on Tuesday of any deployment of U.N. troops there. The U.S. and British sponsored resolution would authorize the deployment of 20,000 U.N. troops and police in Darfur to take over from some 7,000 African Union troops, who have been unable to end bloodshed in the...

2006-08-29 14:52:06

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and the United States called for a vote on Thursday on a U.N. resolution to allow the United Nations to begin assembling a peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region, despite opposition from the government in Khartoum. The resolution would require the Sudanese government's consent before actual deployment, but Western powers expect Khartoum to eventually accept a U.N. presence in Darfur, as it already has in southern Sudan. "I...

2006-08-29 07:16:30

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese Islamist leaders say they will take up arms against United Nations peacekeepers if they deploy to Darfur, and some have warned they will also fight the Khartoum government if it agrees to the force. The threats conjure up a disturbing image of more bloodshed in the western Darfur region, where tens of thousands of people have been killed in more than three years of conflict, described as "genocide" by the United States. Despite Sudan's...

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...

2006-08-23 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...


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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