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2006-05-04 12:08:37

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - The Sudanese government and rebels from the Darfur region were locked in last-ditch negotiations for a peace deal on Thursday, under intense pressure from U.S. diplomats anxious to see them agree to end a three-year war. The government of Sudan has accepted a peace plan on security, power-sharing and wealth-sharing drafted by African Union (AU) mediators, but three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, citing objections to many provisions of the...

2006-05-04 10:20:19

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - The Sudanese government and rebels from the Darfur region face a third deadline to make peace on Thursday with uncertainty surrounding U.S. attempts to wrangle a few last-ditch concessions from both sides. The government of Sudan has accepted a peace plan on security, power-sharing and wealth-sharing drafted by African Union (AU) mediators, but three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, citing objections to many provisions of the proposed deal....

2006-05-04 08:21:52

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - The Sudanese government and rebels from the Darfur region face a third deadline to make peace on Thursday with uncertainty surrounding U.S. attempts to wrangle a few last-ditch concessions from both sides. The government of Sudan has accepted a peace plan on security, power-sharing and wealth-sharing drafted by African Union (AU) mediators, but three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, citing objections to many provisions of the proposed deal....

2006-05-03 06:02:43

By Pascal Fletcher NDJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby led his supporters to vote on Wednesday in an election expected to extend his 16-year rule, but many people heeded an opposition call to boycott the polls overshadowed by rebel violence. Despite a slow turnout at makeshift polling stations set up on the dusty pavements of the capital N'Djamena, former army chief Deby is almost certain of winning a third five-year term because his four contenders are mostly...

2006-05-03 06:41:39

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Senior figures from across Africa headed for peace talks on Sudan's devastated Darfur region on Wednesday to try to persuade rebel factions to give ground after a second deadline passed without an agreement. The government of Sudan has accepted a draft deal designed to end fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people. But three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, objecting to the proposals on security, power-sharing and wealth-sharing....

2006-05-03 04:23:15

By Pascal Fletcher NDJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby led his supporters to vote on Wednesday in a one-sided election expected to keep him in power, brushing aside an opposition boycott and a rebel threat of violence to disrupt the polls. Despite a slow initial turnout at makeshift polling stations set up on the dusty pavements of the capital N'Djamena, former army chief Deby is almost certain of winning a third five-year term because his four contenders are mostly...

2006-05-03 02:40:22

By Pascal Fletcher NDJAMENA (Reuters) - Voters in Chad trickled to the polls on Wednesday in a one-sided election expected to keep President Idriss Deby in power, despite an opposition boycott and a rebel threat of violence. Deby, an ex-army chief who seized control of the former French colony in 1990 and won elections in 1996 and 2001, is seen winning a third five-year term because he faces no serious challenge from four contenders who are mostly government allies. His supporters...

2006-05-02 17:54:03

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Peace talks on Sudan's Darfur region would continue on Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said, as a deadline for reaching an agreement slipped for a second time. The government of Sudan has accepted an 85-page draft settlement designed to end fighting that has killed tens of thousands. However, three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, saying they are unhappy with the proposals on security, power-sharing and...

2006-05-02 17:34:24

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Peace talks on Sudan's Darfur region would continue on Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said, extending the deadline for reaching an agreement for a second time. The government of Sudan has accepted an 85-page draft settlement but three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, saying they are unhappy with the proposals on security, power-sharing and wealth-sharing. "I will be here tomorrow (Wednesday), beyond that I don't...

2006-05-02 16:31:32

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official said he would continue negotiations on a peace plan for Sudan's Darfur region on Wednesday, indicating a Tuesday deadline for an agreement would slip. "I will be here tomorrow (Wednesday), beyond that I don't know," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick told reporters on Tuesday evening. The government of Sudan has accepted an 85-page draft settlement but three Darfur rebel factions refuse to sign, saying they are...


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