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Arson, looting may have displaced 40,000 in Sudan's Darfur

Almost 40,000 people may have been displaced by militia arson and looting in Sudan's Darfur region, according to new data obtained by AFP on Tuesday. More than 19,000 arrivals have been recorded at two camps for displaced people near the South Darfur state capital, Nyala, the International Organisation for Migration said. That is in addition to an estimated 20,000 whom the UN's World Food Programme on Monday said fled to safety at Saniya Deleiba, a village about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Nyala.

Arson, looting may have displaced 40,000 in Sudan's Darfur

Almost 40,000 people may have been displaced by militia arson and looting in Sudan's Darfur region, according to new data obtained by AFP on Tuesday. More than 19,000 arrivals have been recorded at two camps for displaced people near the South Darfur state capital, Nyala, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. That is in addition to an estimated 20,000 whom the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday said fled to safety at Saniya Deleiba, a village about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Nyala.

Arson, looting displaces thousands in Sudan's Darfur

Arson and looting by militia has displaced about 20,000 people in Sudan's Daruf, adding to the strain on agencies struggling to aid almost two million uprooted by 11 years of war. International peacekeepers in the region said they were deeply concerned about a reported escalation of violence in South Darfur state during the past few days.

Peacekeepers denied access as villages 'burned' in Sudan's Darfur

Sudanese authorities have denied international peacekeepers access to part of the troubled Darfur region where villages have been reported burned and civilians uprooted, the mission said Monday. The restriction is the latest of many cited by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), despite an agreement with the government which says peacekeepers have freedom of movement. UNAMID said in a statement that it is deeply concerned about a reported escalation of violence in South Darfur over the past few days.

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.

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.

Insecurity doubled for Darfur aid groups last year

Carjackings and robberies drove a doubling of security incidents involving foreign aid groups in Sudan's war-torn Darfur last year, UN data show, reflecting the worsening unrest there during 2013. The data, obtained by AFP, show there were 66 incidents in total -- ranging from threats to break-ins and killings -- which was up from 31 for 2012. The most common crime was robbery, with 21 cases of armed theft from offices or other facilities belonging to relief agencies, compared to just seven in 2012.

Leading Sudan critic calls for rebel amnesty

Sudanese armed rebels must be given amnesty and political prisoners should be freed, a leading dissident expelled by Sudan's ruling party says. Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, a former adviser to President Omar al-Bashir, made the demand late Tuesday after Bashir appealed for a political and economic "renaissance" in a country ravaged by government-rebel clashes, poverty and political turmoil. "The wars have to stop, and the armed groups must be given amnesty," Atabani told reporters. "All the political detainees, political prisoners, have to be freed."

UN to threaten sanctions over Central Africa chaos

The UN Security Council will threaten sanctions Tuesday against the ringleaders of deadly turmoil in the Central African Republic and give a mandate to EU troops bolstering international forces there. The French-drafted resolution, expected to be adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council, also steps up pressure on interim President Catherine Samba Panza to restore order.
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