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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.

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.

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 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.

Aid system stretched as thousands flee Darfur unrest

Thousands of people who have fled to displaced camps after renewed violence in Sudan's Darfur region are putting further pressure on an already stretched aid system, the United Nations said Wednesday. They are escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force comprised of 6,000 men. Most of those fleeing the fighting have ended up at the Kalma and Al-Salam camps outside the South Darfur state capital Nyala, Adnan Khan, acting chief of the UN in Sudan, said in a statement.

Sudan's Bashir unveils new govt after reform calls

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday replaced his two vice presidents and unveiled a partially new cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime. The changes come less than a week after leading ruling party dissident Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani said he had launched a new "Reform" party relying on youth support that has attracted thousands of supporters. It is the most serious split in years within Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP), which has faced internal criticism over alleged corruption and stagnant leadership.

Sudan's Bashir unveils new govt after reform calls

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday replaced his two vice presidents and unveiled a partially new cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime. The changes come less than a week after leading ruling party dissident Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani said he had launched a new "Reform" party relying on youth support that has attracted thousands of supporters. It was the most serious split in years within Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP), which has faced internal criticism over alleged corruption and stagnant leadership.

Sudan health workers killed in Darfur

Two Sudanese health ministry workers helping to vaccinate children in the Darfur region have been killed, the United Nations said on Saturday, condemning their deaths. The victims, a vaccinator and a driver, were part of a team inoculating vulnerable children against measles in West Darfur state, Ali Al-Za'tari, the UN's chief in Sudan, said in a statement. "I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan," Za'tari said.

Fears of renewed war in Sudan's East: ICG report

Renewed war is increasingly likely in Eastern Sudan, seven years after a peace agreement promised to address complaints of economic and political neglect, a report warned on Tuesday. "Unless the East's marginalisation is adequately addressed, renewed war is a growing possibility," said the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG). The 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement ended years of low-level insurgency in Sudan's East, which borders Eritrea and includes Red Sea, Kassala and Gedaref states.

East Sudan battles poverty, years after war ends

The sun drops behind clouds as vendors set up for the evening against a backdrop of cargo ships docked in Port Sudan's harbour. An outdoor cafe has readied its chairs, sea shells are piled at a souvenir stand, and billiard tables wait for action beside the Red Sea. But a few minutes' drive from the relative prosperity of Port Sudan's clean sidewalks and paved streets, the scene becomes more typical of Red Sea state, part of the East Sudan region which is struggling to recover after more than a decade of war.
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