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2006-06-20 07:31:25

By Noel King KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled out letting U.N. troops into the Darfur region, saying he would not permit such a deployment as long as he was in power, the state news agency said on Tuesday. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, is expected to keep up the pressure on Khartoum to approve a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in the western region, where African Union forces have failed to end the conflict...

2006-06-19 13:19:50

ASMARA (Reuters) - Sudan's government and eastern rebels signed a pact to cease hostilities and agreed a framework for future talks on Monday to end a long-simmering insurgency in the remote but economically important region. Long-delayed talks between the Khartoum government and the eastern rebels began last week in neighboring Eritrea. Eastern rebels, allied with other regional Sudanese rebel groups, have controlled Hamesh Koreb, a small area on the Eritrean-Sudan border for around...

2006-06-14 17:47:17

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday he expects to file a series of charges of atrocities against civilians in Sudan's Darfur region but gave no timetable. His office had gathered evidence of thousands of killings of civilians -- including "a significant number of large-scale massacres" -- and hundreds of rapes, Luis Moreno Ocampo told the U.N. Security Council. He also outlined significant obstacles to...

2006-06-13 13:17:53

By Andrew Quinn PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki will visit Sudan on June 20, hoping to press Khartoum to approve a U.N. takeover of an African Union peacekeeping operation there, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Mbeki's one-day visit would include talks with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and First Vice-President Salva Kiir, who is also president of South Sudan, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said. "This will be a good opportunity...

2006-06-13 05:34:55

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Rebels from Sudan's east will open their first talks with the Khartoum government on Tuesday in neighboring Eritrea, hoping to resolve the simmering conflict in the gold-rich area, officials said. Eastern rebels, allied with other regional Sudanese rebel groups, have controlled Hamesh Koreb, a small area on the Eritrea-Sudan border for around a decade. The east, which contains Sudan's only port, is the only peripheral area not to have begun...

2006-06-10 23:24:26

By Evelyn Leopold CAMP GOUROUKOUN, Chad (Reuters) - Mohammed Ibrahim, 18, waited patiently in the boiling sun to show United Nations Security Council ambassadors the welts burned into his back and head by Sudan's marauding Janjaweed Arab militiamen. The ghastly tale repeats itself throughout border hamlets of Sudan and neighboring Chad, whose boundary is often a line on a map rather than a serious frontier with the same ethnic groups on both sides. The Janjaweed killers, once...

2006-06-09 19:23:27

By Evelyn Leopold EL FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council heard strong opposition on Friday to a robust United Nations force in Darfur and was told a recent peace pact had stoked violence within squalid camps for homeless war victims. One tribal leader even threatened a jihad, or holy war, if non-African troops came to Sudan's vast western region and the governor of North Darfur made clear his resistance to U.N. peacekeepers. "The peace agreement divided the camps...

2006-06-08 19:09:49

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan formed a special court in Darfur to undermine an International Criminal Court probe into alleged war crimes and had not demonstrated any genuine will to try those accused of atrocities, a rights group said on Friday. "Statements made by senior Sudanese government officials made clear that one goal for establishing the (court) was to divest the ICC (International Criminal Court) of jurisdiction," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a...

2006-06-06 12:11:24

Corrects date in first paragraph to June 6 from June 7. By Opheera McDoom DEBBIS, Sudan (Reuters) - Commanders of a Sudan Liberation Army faction said followers of rival Darfur rebel leader Minni Arcua Minnawi attacked their base and kidnapped fighters who refused to back a peace plan for the region. Under intense pressure, Minnawi signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government on May 5 in the Nigerian capital Abuja to end three years of fighting in Darfur. But rival SLA faction...

2006-06-06 12:17:17

By Opheera McDoom DEBBIS, Sudan (Reuters) - Commanders of a Sudan Liberation Army faction said followers of rival Darfur rebel leader Minni Arcua Minnawi attacked their base and kidnapped fighters who refused to back a peace plan for the region. Under intense pressure, Minnawi signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government on May 5 in the Nigerian capital Abuja to end three years of fighting in Darfur. But rival SLA faction leader Abdel Wahed Mohamed al-Nur and the other main...


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  • 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.
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