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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...

2006-06-06 03:33:58

By Opheera McDoom FATA BORNO CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - Signing a peace deal to end three years of fighting that some have called genocide would normally propel a rebel leader into the ranks of national hero. But in Sudan's violent Darfur region, the man who made peace with the government in Nigeria on May 5 is restricted in his movement because of security concerns and reviled as a traitor by many in teeming refugee camps. Last week, on Minni Arcua Minnawi's first return to Darfur...

2006-06-05 01:59:42

By Opheera McDoom EL-FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) - The Darfur rebel leader who signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government last month says U.N. peacekeeping troops should deploy in the violent west, disagreeing with Khartoum. Minni Arcua Minnawi, the tall, wiry leader of the main faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), said in an interview on Sunday night he still did not fully trust the government he fought for three years, but his advance team would arrive in the capital next...

2006-05-31 19:28:42

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Two Darfur rebel groups refused on Thursday to sign a peace deal ahead of a deadline set by the African Union to end the three-year-old conflict that has killed tens of thousands in Sudan's remote west. The African Union, set up to promote social, political and economic integration in Africa, has raised the spectre of U.N. sanctions against Abdel Wahed Mohammed al-Nur of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the rebel Justice and Equality...

2006-05-29 11:33:55

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - One African Union soldier was killed and another critically wounded when heavily armed men ambushed a patrol not far from their base in West Darfur, the United Nations said. "The number of attackers is unconfirmed between six to 12 and they were reportedly armed with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and AK-47 rifles," the U.N. statement sent late on Sunday said. The AU on Monday confirmed the ambush but could not give details. The identity of...

2006-05-26 10:20:27

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has yet to decide whether to allow U.N. peacekeeping troops into Darfur, but will let a technical team visit the region to investigate a United Nations role, presidential advisor Mustafa Osman Ismail said on Friday. "The (U.N.) role has not been decided yet," he told reporters. "Will it be a humanitarian role, one of monitoring the ceasefire, a role of peacekeeping?" He said the decision would be taken after a joint African Union-United...

2006-05-25 07:45:13

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR (Reuters) - Sudanese Janjaweed militia with local Chadian recruits shot or hacked to death 118 villagers in eastern Chad last month in a bloody spillover of violence from Sudan's Darfur region, a rights group said on Thursday. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, citing eyewitness testimonies and an on-site investigation, said the killings took place in four adjacent villages on April 12 and 13 at a time when Chadian rebels were moving west to attack the capital...

2006-05-25 04:56:27

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR (Reuters) - Sudanese Janjaweed militia along with local Chadian recruits shot or hacked to death more than 100 villagers in eastern Chad last month, an international human rights group said on Thursday. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, citing eyewitness testimonies and an on-site investigation, said the killings took place in four adjacent villages on April 12 and 13 at a time when Chadian rebels were moving west to attack the capital N'Djamena. Humanitarian...

2006-05-25 04:14:48

DAKAR (Reuters) - Sudanese Janjaweed militia along with local Chadian recruits shot or hacked to death with machetes more than 100 villagers in eastern Chad last month, an international human rights group said on Thursday. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, citing eyewitness testimonies and an on-site investigation, said the killings took place in four adjacent villages on April 12 and 13 at a time when Chadian rebels were moving west to attack the capital N'Djamena. "Sudanese...


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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