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2006-07-12 19:06:40

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Rape, killing and looting are increasing as tribal tensions escalate in Sudan's troubled Darfur province, the United Nations' top envoy to the country said on Wednesday, despite a peace deal he had helped broker. U.N. envoy Jan Pronk described an attack by a rebel faction led by Abdel Wahed Mohammed al-Nur, whose members mostly come from the Fur tribe, on a group of women refugees to illustrate his point. "They were tied to a tree, beaten, forced to eat donkey...

2006-07-03 08:47:35

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A new alliance of Darfur rebel commanders and political parties have attacked a town on the road to the capital Khartoum, declaring a 27-month-old truce dead, rebels and officials said on Monday. One of three rebel factions signed an African Union-mediated peace deal in May but since then new alliances have been formed among those who reject the deal, saying it does not meet their basic demands. "The forces of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) attacked a...

2006-07-01 08:37:47

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has ordered Chadian military personnel working with African Union truce monitors in its western Darfur region to leave, the AU said on Saturday. Chadian-Sudanese relations have deteriorated, with both sides accusing the other of supporting guerrillas working in Sudan's remote west, which has a long, porous border with Chad. "Today all the Chadian representatives are gathered in el-Fasher and will leave," AU spokesman Noureddine Mezni said....

2006-06-27 19:25:48

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations should immediately beef up the African Union force in Darfur with communications, transport and other help in preparation for its own operation, the head of U.N. peacekeeping said on Tuesday. Although Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has rejected a U.N. force, the world body might be able to gain a foothold in Darfur by augmenting the African Union's 7,000-strong monitoring operation, said U.N....

2006-06-23 07:41:51

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - In a rebel camp along the barren, windswept border between Sudan and Chad, dozens of trucks packed with dreadlocked fighters manning heavy machine guns are lined up. Piled up behind them are ammunition boxes, covered in Chinese symbols -- it's impossible to know exactly where the bullets in the boxes came from but they offer a glimpse of the complex and circuitous routes of the global arms trade. United Nations investigators have found most of...

2006-06-22 13:58:09

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday he hoped Sudan would soon accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur and called Khartoum's continuing refusal "incomprehensible." Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Tuesday that U.N. troops were out of the question and suggested there was a "colonial" agenda behind demands that they be deployed. "No-one, and least of all the United Nations, is interested in imposing anything like a...

2006-06-22 09:07:43

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that he hoped Sudan would soon accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur and called Khartoum's continuing refusal "incomprehensible." Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday that U.N. troops were out of the question and suggested a "colonial" agenda in demands they be allowed to deploy. "No-one, and least of all the United Nations, is...

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...

2006-06-10 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...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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