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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...

2006-06-20 11:38:55

By Noel King KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan told visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday that it was out of the question for U.N. troops to deploy in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan to replace an African Union (AU) force there. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told a joint news conference with Mbeki that U.N. forces were unacceptable because they would come to Sudan with colonial and imperial ambitions. The United States and the United Nations have...

2006-06-20 07:31:25

By Noel King KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled out letting U.N. troops into the Darfur region, saying he would not permit such a deployment as long as he was in power, the state news agency said on Tuesday. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, is expected to keep up the pressure on Khartoum to approve a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in the western region, where African Union forces have failed to end the conflict...

2006-06-15 06:51:23

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Thursday the International Criminal Court did not have jurisdiction over crimes in the violent Darfur region and no officials would be interrogated by the court. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said he expected to file charges for atrocities in the remote west, where the court had found documentation of mass murders and rapes, adding Sudan's courts were not tackling the same crimes as the ICC. "If they are here to discuss...

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...

2006-06-09 05:39:03

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A rare high-level joint U.N. and African Union team arrived in Sudan on Friday hoping to convince Khartoum to accept U.N. peacekeeping troops in Darfur and plan for their deployment. Political team members were due to hold talks with the government on Saturday while military, telecommunications and other technical experts would head to Darfur, in western Sudan, to plan for a possible deployment of U.N. troops. "We are here to work together to...

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...


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