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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 when 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.

Darfur rights situation dire

The human rights situation in Sudan's Darfur region remains dire as civilians continue to bear the brunt of abuses, 11 years after conflict broke out there, Amnesty International said on Friday. "Ongoing impunity in Darfur has ensured that perpetrators of human rights abuses have no incentive to stop and has encouraged others to commit similar abuses," said Michelle Kagari, the London-based watchdog's East Africa deputy director.

Rebel chief says forces take town in Sudan's Darfur

Worsening violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan spread to another town on Thursday, where a rebel commander said his forces were in control. "This evening our troops captured Mellit town," Minni Minnawi, who heads a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, told AFP. Mellit is more than 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur where insecurity has worsened this month. Sudan's army spokesman could not immediately be reached but a witness, who asked not to be named, reported "shooting and explosions" in Mellit.

U.S. rebukes peacekeepers, Khartoum over Darfur violence

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned the recent upsurge in violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, saying civilians continue to be "terrorized, displaced, and killed" despite the presence of one of the world's biggest peacekeeping missions.

Tear gas confronts 'revolution' call at Sudan funeral

Sudanese police fired tear gas Wednesday when mourners called for "revolution" following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur. The incident came after about 1,000 mourners had buried Ali Abaker Mussa Idris in a south Khartoum cemetery. An AFP reporter said police resorted to tear gas as the angry crowd, shouting anti-government slogans, began moving out of the burial ground.

Tear gas confronts 'revolution' call at Sudan funeral

Sudanese police fired tear gas Wednesday when mourners called for "revolution" following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur. The incident came after about 1,000 mourners had buried Ali Abaker Mussa Idris in a south Khartoum cemetery. An AFP reporter said police resorted to tear gas as the angry crowd, shouting anti-government slogans, began moving out of the burial ground.

Tear gas confronts 'revolution' call at Sudan funeral

Sudanese police fired tear gas Wednesday when mourners called for "revolution" following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur. The incident came after about 1,000 mourners had buried Ali Abaker Mussa Idris in a south Khartoum cemetery. An AFP reporter said police resorted to tear gas as the angry crowd, shouting anti-government slogans, began moving out of the burial ground.

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.

Sudan police fire tear gas at Darfur student demo

Sudanese police fired tear gas on Tuesday at Darfuri university students calling for peace in the war-torn region where violence has worsened in recent days. About 300 students, many of them from Darfur, demonstrated at the University of Khartoum until police gassed and beat them when they attempted to take their protest outside campus, an AFP reporter said. Students retaliated by throwing stones at the officers. "Peace, peace for Darfur!" they called, adding: "We want to bring the criminals to the ICC!"

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.
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