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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...

2006-08-21 17:31:21

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A key U.N. Security Council member said on Monday he was puzzled by an Arab League request for an indefinite delay in a planned council meeting on the crisis in Darfur. Ghanaian U.N. ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng, the Security Council president for August, said he got a positive response when he asked the Arab League about the meeting last week. "The initial response I had from the Arab League was that they were positive with respect to...

2006-08-18 17:02:58

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on the Sudanese government on Friday to allow a U.N. peacekeeping force to replace the 7,000-strong African troops in Darfur, and both U.N. and U.S. officials warned of increasing violence. Britain and the United States have introduced a Security Council resolution that would field up to 17,000 troops and 3,000 police in the lawless western region, despite opposition from the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum. The...

2006-08-09 15:08:17

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration voiced concern on Wednesday over increasing violence in Sudan's Darfur region and sought to counter criticism at home that Washington was not doing enough to stop the carnage. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said aid workers and others were coming under increasing attack in Sudan's western Darfur region and he repeated U.S. dismay that a U.N.-led peacekeeping force was still not in place. "People have lost their...

2006-08-08 04:06:27

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - July was the most dangerous month for humanitarian workers in Sudan's Darfur region and afforded the worst access to those in need since the conflict began 3-1/2 years ago, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Violence in refugee camps sheltering 2.5 million people in Darfur has rocketed since an unpopular peace deal was signed in May and threatens to jeopardize the world's largest aid operation, the joint statement by four major aid agencies said....

2006-08-07 17:32:12

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rising violence in Sudan's Darfur region has killed more aid workers in July than over the previous two years, seriously jeopardizing relief assistance, U.N. humanitarian officials said on Monday. Eight aid workers died last month as fighting among Sudanese factions increased. Concern for aid worker safety has forced humanitarian groups to reduce their presence in Darfur homeless camps to its lowest level since the civil war escalated in 2003, U.N....

2006-08-05 14:45:13

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Former Darfur rebels said on Saturday they had stopped implementing a peace deal until the government honors a promise to make Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader Minni Arcua Minnawi a special presidential assistant. Minnawi was supposed to arrive in Khartoum on Saturday to kick-start the post-deal reconstruction of Darfur but refused to show up. An SLA official told reporters waiting at the airport that the rebel leader would not come until he...

2006-08-05 08:58:46

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Former Darfur rebels said on Saturday they have stopped implementing a peace deal until the government honors a promise to make Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader Minni Arcua Minnawi a special presidential assistant. Minnawi was supposed to arrive in Khartoum on Saturday to kickstart the post-peace reconstruction of Darfur but refused to show up. An SLA official told reporters waiting at the airport that the rebel leader would not come until he...

2006-07-29 09:58:56

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese government forces and allied militias attacked bases of a new rebel alliance in Darfur despite a ceasefire in the violent west, officials and rebels said on Saturday. An unpopular African Union-mediated peace deal was signed in May by only one of three rebel negotiating factions. Many leaders who did not sign formed a new group called the National Redemption Front (NRF), which began military operations earlier this month in the...

2006-07-29 02:30:15

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese government forces and allied militias attacked bases of a new rebel alliance in Darfur despite a cease-fire in the violent west, officials and rebels said on Saturday. An unpopular African Union-mediated peace deal was signed in May by only one of three rebel negotiating factions. Many leaders who did not sign formed a new group called the National Redemption Front (NRF), which began military operations earlier this month in the...


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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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