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International court calls for Sudan's Bashir to face justice

New York - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday demanded that deposed Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir stand trial for the mass killings perpetrated in Darfur.

Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout

Nicosia - Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its "despicable brutality" to Khartoum.

Bring 'criminal Bashir' to justice, say Darfur victims

Hawwa Yousef is still haunted by memories of the day when mounted gunmen swept through her village in Sudan's Darfur region in 2004, killing scores of villagers including her son.

Sudan's Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come

Geneina - "When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.

At UN, Western trio criticizes Bashir with eye on Sudan's Darfur

New York - The United States, Britain and France on Monday criticized Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for imposing a state of emergency as the UN Security Council weighed next steps in the drawdown of a peace mission in Darfur.

UN-AU envoy urges 'stern action' against Darfur rebel chief

New York - A special envoy urged the UN Security Council on Monday to consider "stern action" against rebel chief Abdul Wahid Nur for resisting efforts to bring peace to Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

20 dead as hill collapses on Darfur village in Sudan: rebels

Khartoum - At least 20 people have been killed in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region after a hill collapsed onto their village following heavy rain, a rebel group said Wednesday.

Darfur rebels strengthen foothold in Libya: UN report

New York - Rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are strengthening their foothold in Libya, building up their military strength in a bid to return to Sudan and fight on, according to a confidential report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

UN eyes further drawdown of Darfur peacekeeping mission

New York - The United Nations is planning to press on with a major drawdown of its joint peacekeeping mission with the African Union in Sudan's Darfur region, the UN peacekeeping chief said Monday.

Militia chief arrest 'dangerous moment' for Sudan's Darfur

Khartoum - By arresting Darfur's powerful militia chief Musa Hilal, Khartoum has tightened its control over Sudan's strife-torn region but analysts say it might open a new chapter of violence.

Swiss aid worker abducted in Darfur

Khartoum - A Swiss humanitarian aid worker has been abducted in Darfur, officials said on Sunday, just weeks after the United Nations began downsizing its peacekeeping force in Sudan's war-torn region.

UN agrees to draw down Darfur peacekeeping force

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday agreed to a major drawdown of peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled region of Darfur after US pressure led to a $600-million cut in the UN budget for peace operations.

Sudan has made 'positive' steps on meeting sanctions terms: US envoy

- Sudan has made "positive" steps towards meeting Washington's conditions for permanently lifting 20-year-old sanctions on the African country, the US envoy to Khartoum told AFP in an interview.

US envoy to Sudan pushes for aid in ex-rebel bastion

Golo - The top US envoy in Sudan pushed Monday for more access to deliver humanitarian aid to Golo as he visited the former rebel stronghold in war-torn Darfur under tight security.

US envoy to Sudan pushes for aid in ex-rebel bastion

Golo - The top US envoy in Sudan pushed Monday for more access to deliver humanitarian aid to Golo as he visited the former rebel stronghold in war-torn Darfur under tight security.

US envoy to Sudan pushes for aid in ex-rebel bastion

Golo - The top US envoy in Sudan pushed Monday for more access to deliver humanitarian aid to Golo as he visited the former rebel stronghold in war-torn Darfur under tight security.

Bashir rejects Amnesty 'lies' about Darfur chemical attacks

Khartoum - President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday accused Amnesty International of spreading "lies" that Sudanese government forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in war-torn Darfur.

UN urges Sudan to shed light on chemical weapons allegations

New York - The UN peacekeeping chief on Tuesday urged Sudan to help shed light on allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Darfur, but Russia said the claims must not be taken seriously.

Watchdog unable to say if chemical weapons used in Sudan

Den Haag - The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that it was unable to support allegations that Sudanese government forces used suspected toxic arms in war-torn Darfur.

Amnesty accuses Sudan of deadly Darfur chemical attacks

New York - Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday accused Sudanese government forces of killing scores of civilians, including many children, in suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur.

Sudan's Bashir says peace has returned to Darfur

- President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday declared that peace had returned to Sudan's war-torn Darfur despite a deadlock in African Union-brokered ceasefire talks and persistent fighting that has driven thousands from their homes this year.

UN extends Darfur mission despite Sudan opposition

Khartoum - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of an international peacekeeping force in Darfur for a year despite fierce opposition from the Sudanese government.

Gunmen kill eight worshippers in Sudan's Darfur

Khartoum - Arab tribesmen shot dead eight ethnic minority villagers as they prayed in a revenge killing in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, a medic and a tribal leader said on Monday.

Sudan ups pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

Khartoum - As the UN Security Council begins talks next month on renewing its mission in Darfur for another year, Sudan has stepped up pressure for a complete exit of international peacekeepers from the war-torn region.

UN rights expert warns Darfur security 'unpredictable'

Khartoum - A senior UN rights official warned Thursday that the security situation in Darfur remained "fluid and unpredictable", two days after Sudan said the region's conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people had ended.

Sudan says referendum result shows Darfur 'crisis' over

Khartoum - Sudan said on Tuesday the result of a referendum in Darfur shows that the conflict in the war-torn region that has killed tens of thousands of people is finally over.

Sudan palace-museum recalls restive Darfur's royal past

Sheikh Habibullah - Tucked between palm trees and verdant lawns in the centre of Darfur's El Fasher, the palace of the restive Sudanese region's last sultan has become a rare focus of pride, 100 years after his death.

Darfur votes for five-state status quo: referendum chief

Khartoum - Sudan said on Saturday almost 98 percent of Darfur voters favoured maintaining the war-torn region as five states in a referendum that faced international criticism and an opposition boycott.

Referendum little comfort for Darfur displaced

- Among the sprawling thatch huts of Darfur's Zamzam Camp for displaced civilians, there is little feeling a referendum on administrative status might remedy years of suffering caused by the conflict.

Darfur votes on status in referendum boycotted by rebels

Thabit - The war-scarred Sudanese region of Darfur voted Monday in a referendum on its future status despite international criticism and a boycott by rebel groups.
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A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp  in El Fasher  N...
A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, in El Fasher, North Darfur, as tens of thousands have sought protection there following fresh clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel forces.
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