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2006-07-26 09:24:32

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has left a 'tiny' window open for negotiation on accepting U.N. troops in its violent Darfur region, the top U.N. envoy in Khartoum said on Wednesday. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has refused international demands for a U.N. force in Darfur, saying it would be used as a front for the colonial ambitions of the United States and attract attacks by Islamic militants. Jan Pronk, the U.N.'s top envoy in Sudan, told reporters on...

2006-07-26 09:04:42

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has left a 'tiny' window open for negotiation on accepting U.N. troops in its violent Darfur region, the top U.N. envoy in Khartoum said on Wednesday. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has refused international demands for a U.N. force in Darfur, saying it would be used as a front for the colonial ambitions of the United States and attract attacks by Islamic militants. Jan Pronk, the U.N.'s top envoy in Sudan, told reporters on...

2006-07-21 06:35:27

GENEVA (Reuters) - International aid operations in refugee camps in the Zalinge area of Sudan's Darfur region have been suspended after three water workers were killed by a mob, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Friday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the three were beaten to death on Thursday in the region near the border with Chad in circumstances that were still unclear. It is the latest in a long list of security incidents. "UNHCR is...

2006-07-20 12:33:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush called on Sudan on Thursday to allow a United Nations peacekeeping presence to help stem the violence in Darfur. Tens of thousands have been killed and 2.5 million people forced into camps during three years of rape, murder and pillage in Darfur in lawless western Sudan. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations are pressing Sudan to allow a U.N. mission to replace an ill-equipped African Union force. Khartoum had...

2006-07-12 00:22:50

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rebels in Darfur are fighting each other with the Sudanese military apparently supporting one faction, sometimes with aircraft disguised as relief planes, a senior U.N. official said. Jan Egeland, the humanitarian relief coordinator, told a news conference on Tuesday that the mainstream rebel faction, led by Minni Arcua Minnawi, was in conflict with splinter factions of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). SLA infighting had resulted in...

2006-07-02 14:53:22

By Barry Moody and Daniel Flynn BANJUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan failed on Sunday to persuade Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir to allow a U.N. force into Darfur, but said he still expected it to be deployed eventually. Annan met Bashir on the fringes of an African Union summit where he called the Darfur crisis "one of the worst nightmares in recent history." He told a news conference the United Nations would work with the AU to strengthen its under-resourced...

2006-07-01 15:23:25

By Barry Moody BANJUL (Reuters) - A two-day Africa summit opened in Gambia on Saturday with a call for urgent action to deal with conflicts in Somalia and Sudan's Darfur region, but there seemed scant change of a breakthrough on either issue. "Today we are urgently and seriously called to address the situation in Darfur and in Somalia," said African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare in his opening address to the 53-member body. The official theme of the six-monthly...

2006-06-30 19:11:17

By Barry Moody BANJUL (Reuters) - The rise to power of Islamists in Somalia and Sudan's Darfur crisis top the agenda at a summit of Africa's leaders in Gambia this weekend, but there seems little chance of much progress on either issue. The six-monthly meeting of the 53 members of the African Union is likely to be dominated by the twin crises in northeast Africa but it was clear after the preparatory meeting of foreign ministers this week that there were severe obstacles to a...

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....

2006-06-25 02:55:19

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has suspended the work of a U.N. mission in its violent Darfur region after accusing the world body of transporting a rebel leader who opposes a recent peace deal, a Sudanese official said on Sunday. "The suspension applies for all of Darfur and this will continue until we get an explanation," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jamal Ibrahim. He said the ban, which excludes two bodies affiliated to the U.N. mission, the World Food Program and the U.N....


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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