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Gunmen attack, burn displaced camp in Darfur

Gunmen have attacked and burned a camp for displaced people in Sudan's Darfur region, peacekeepers said on Monday, adding to an upsurge of suspected militia violence which has wreaked havoc. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has reported a series of attacks on villages in the region this month, but the Khor Abeche camp in South Darfur, assaulted on Saturday, was an unusual target.

Gunmen attack, burn displaced camp in Darfur

Gunmen have attacked and burned a camp for displaced people in Sudan's Darfur region, peacekeepers said on Monday, adding to an upsurge of suspected militia violence which has wreaked havoc. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has reported a series of attacks on villages in the region this month, but the Khor Abeche camp in South Darfur, assaulted on Saturday, was an unusual target. UNAMID said in a statement that about 300 heavily armed men attacked the camp, "setting fire to dozens of shelters and stealing livestock belonging to the residents".

Villages attacked in Sudan's Darfur

Peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region said Wednesday they have received fresh reports of villages attacked and burned, after the UN expressed worry over a rising number of displaced people. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it had been told about attacks Sunday and Monday in Hashaba, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the North Darfur state capital El Fasher.

Deadly Sudan shootout in Darfur city

A Sudanese policeman was killed in a shootout with gangsters in the North Darfur capital El Fasher on Tuesday, the governor said, in the latest sign of growing lawlessness in his state. "A police patrol following a suspect in the town's east end came under fire from criminals. An exchange of fire ensued," Governor Osman Kbir told Sudanese television. One lawman was killed along with a suspect, Kbir said, adding several other suspects were wounded and one arrested. "Things in the town have returned to normal," he said.

Worker at UNAMID 'missing' in troubled Sudan region

A person working at the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Sudan's troubled Darfur region has gone missing, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday as violence worsens in the region. Christopher Cycmanick, acting spokesman for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), said the person "went missing" on March 11 in the North Darfur state capital El Fasher. The town serves as headquarters for UNAMID.

Governor in Sudan's Darfur survives ambush

The governor of Sudan's troubled North Darfur state has survived an ambush after visiting a town briefly seized by rebels, a source familiar with the incident said Sunday. "He's OK," the source told AFP after the Saturday attack against North Darfur governor Osman Kbir, which was the latest sign of instability in the region. It came while he was returning to the state capital El Fasher after assessing the situation in Mellit town, more than 50 kilometres (30 miles) north, said the source, who asked for anonymity.

Sudan police tear-gas opposition protest

Sudanese police tear-gassed a demonstration by members of the political opposition on Saturday night, an AFP reporter observed, despite the government's call for national dialogue. About 200 representatives of opposition parties, including the small Communist and Sudanese Congress Parties, took to the streets in North Khartoum shouting for "freedom and justice", the reporter witnessed. Police used tear gas and batons against the crowd, which scattered with some demonstrators hurling stones back at the police.

Bashir meets breakaway Islamist Turabi for first time in years

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir officially met breakaway Islamist Hassan al-Turabi Friday for the first time in 14 years, as the government reaches out to opponents after calls for reform. Both figures smiled as they arrived at the presidential guest house to begin talks accompanied by large delegations. Bashir has been courting Turabi's opposition Popular Congress Party and former prime minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi's Umma as part of a political and economic "renaissance" the president announced in January for the country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil.

Bashir meets breakaway Islamist Turabi for first time in years

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir officially met breakaway Islamist Hassan al-Turabi Friday for the first time in 14 years, as the government reaches out to opponents after calls for reform. Both figures smiled as they arrived at the presidential guest house to begin talks accompanied by large delegations. Bashir has been courting Turabi's opposition Popular Congress Party and former prime minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi's Umma as part of a political and economic "renaissance" the president announced in January for the country ravaged by war, poverty, and political turmoil.

Bashir meets breakaway Islamist Turabi for first time in years

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir officially met breakaway Islamist Hassan al-Turabi Friday for the first time in 14 years, as the government reaches out to opponents after calls for reform. Both figures smiled as they arrived at the presidential guest house to begin talks accompanied by large delegations. Bashir has been courting Turabi's opposition Popular Congress Party and former prime minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi's Umma as part of a political and economic "renaissance" the president announced in January for the country ravaged by war, poverty, and political turmoil.
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