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Bodies litter liberated South Sudanese town

In the shade of a tree close to the slow waters of the White Nile river, a body killed during the fighting over South Sudan’s town of Bor gathers flies. On the bumpy road towards the heavily fortified compound of the United Nations peacekeepers, another body of man lies beside…

U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned warring factions in South Sudan that reports of crimes against humanity will be investigated, as eyewitnesses spoke of a wave of brutal ethnic killings. The secretary general asked the Security Council to nearly double the size of the UN mission in the country,…

Nations scrambling to get residents away from violence in southern Sudan

Battles between rival ethnic groups spread across South Sudan on Friday as foreign governments scrambled to get their nationals away from reported slaughters and a refugee buildup. African ministers pushed President Salva Kiir to start talks with his former vice president Riek Machar. But the death toll mounted and the…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

Rep. Wolf accuses Sudan of new ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON — A US congressman pleaded Monday for action to bring food to thousands in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, accusing the Khartoum government of new “ethnic cleansing” after a visit to the region. Representative Frank Wolf said he went last week to the Yida refugee camp across the border in…

Sudan closer to war than peace with south: Bashir

Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said on national television on Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions. “The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace,” he said. Bashir…

S. Sudan threatens legal action over oil ‘theft’

South Sudan will take legal action against Sudan and any companies engaging in the “theft” of its oil exports, the country’s oil ministersaid on Friday. Stephen Dhieu Dau branded any sale of southern oil confiscated by Sudan “an illegal act,” in response to Khartoum’s announcement on Wednesday that it would take 23 percent of…

S. Sudan says 33 mln barrels of oil sold since July

South Sudan has sold 33.4 million barrels of oil to international buyers at an estimated value of $3.2 billion, despite a deadlock in negotiations with the north on the industry, the oil ministry said on Monday. “As from July 9, 2011 to December 31, 2011, South Sudan has sold 33.4 million barrels (of oil) at…

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