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Sudan rebel chiefs sentenced to death in absentia

A Sudanese court on Thursday sentenced to death in absentia a former governor who is now a rebel leader, along with another insurgent chief, a lawyer said. "Seventeen people were sentenced in absentia to be executed by hanging. These include Malik Agar and Yassir Arman," said Al-Tigani Hassan, a lawyer who was present for the verdict in Singa town, the capital of Sennar state.

Student dies as worsening Darfur violence extends to Khartoum

Worsening violence in Sudan's Darfur spilled over into the Sudanese capital, where a university student was killed Tuesday at a protest calling for peace in the western region. Amnesty International said Ali Abaker Mussa Idris died in hospital from gunshot wounds "after security forces used tear gas and opened fire with live ammunition". The unrest was the most serious in Khartoum since last September, when thousands of people took to the streets after the government slashed fuel subsidies.

Student dies as worsening Darfur violence extends to Khartoum

Worsening violence in Sudan's Darfur spilled over into the Sudanese capital, where a university student was killed Tuesday at a protest calling for peace in the troubled western region. The unrest was the most serious in Khartoum since last September, when thousands of people took to the streets after the government slashed fuel subsidies. In a statement on the Interior Ministry website, police did not say what killed the student at the University of Khartoum.

Daughter aims to spread 'true Islam' of executed Sudan activist

Almost three decades after peaceful Muslim activist Mahmoud Muhammad Taha was hanged for apostasy, his daughter plans to revive his Republican Party and spread his notion of "true Islam". They took his life but Taha's message of a tolerant Islam and equality for all Sudanese lives on among a devoted and intellectual group of followers led by his daughter Asma Mahmoud Muhammad Taha, 67.

Ceasefire, aid proposed in mooted Sudan-rebel deal

Sudan and rebels in South Kordofan would adopt an immediate ceasefire and allow aid to reach more than one million people, says a proposed agreement issued as peace talks broke off last week. AFP obtained a copy of the draft on Sunday. African Union mediators presented the proposal for Khartoum and rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on Tuesday, when the talks in Ethiopia adjourned after both combatants traded accusations.

Rebels strike Sudan's Kadugli after peace talks: state radio

Rebels rained rockets on the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state on Wednesday, official radio reported, a day after peace talks with the government broke off. "SPLM-North shelled Kadugli with Katyusha (rockets)," Radio Omdurman said in a brief SMS dispatch citing the state's governor. A resident of Kadugli told AFP several rockets hit the southern part of the town at about 1500 GMT. "I saw one house ablaze," said the witness, who had no information about any casualties and asked not to be identified.

More than 20 hurt, including 8 shot, at Darfur demo

More than 20 people were injured, eight of them by gunshots, when Sudanese police allegedly opened fire on demonstrators in Sudan's Darfur region, peacekeepers said Tuesday, raising an earlier toll. The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) could not confirm that two people died in Monday's incident involving residents of the Hamadiya camp for displaced people just outside Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur state. Al-Shafir Mohammed, an activist among the displaced, told AFP that two people were killed and 29 hurt as "thousands" demonstrated.

Police 'shot and injured' protesters in Sudan's Darfur

Sudanese police allegedly opened fire Monday on demonstrators from a camp for displaced people in the troubled Darfur region, wounding an unconfirmed number, peacekeepers said. "The initial unconfirmed report that UNAMID got was that two were injured. However, we are still verifying the report," a public information officer with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur told AFP. She said the incident, involving residents of the Hamadiya displaced camp, happened on the edge of Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur state.

UN urges ceasefire as Sudan-rebel peace talks begin

The UN urged the Sudanese government and rebels, meeting Thursday for their first peace talks in almost a year, to declare an immediate ceasefire so aid can reach more than one million civilians. Negotiations between Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) were to open in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, later on Thursday under African Union mediation. AU officials held separate meetings with the two sides during the morning to draw up the agenda.

Sudan, rebels to hold first peace talks in almost a year

The Sudanese goverment and South Kordofan rebels are to meet Thursday for their first peace talks in almost a year, after a landmine reportedly killed five people in a war that has affected more than one million. The Ethiopia negotiations come two weeks after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir appealed for a political and economic "renaissance," with peace as the top priority, in his war-ravaged and poverty-stricken nation. Diplomats say the Addis Ababa talks signal recognition within Bashir's 25-year-old regime that its current course is unsustainable.
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