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Lost oil billions leave Sudan’s economy reeling

By Ian Timberlake / AFP KHARTOUM: Sudan has lost billions of dollars in oil receipts since the south gained independence last year, and is plagued by soaring prices and a weakening currency, with no economic solution in sight for the bankrupt nation, analysts say. “The situation is deteriorating further and further,” and the economy is in …

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Egypt recognizes new state of South Sudan

JUBA: Egypt recognized the state of South Sudan on Saturday after its split from the north, Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Orabi said. Egypt has watched the split warily. It depends on the Nile’s water to survive and the creation of South Sudan adds a new state on that river. East African states have argued to review …

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Egypt to recognize South Sudan

CAIRO: An Egyptian foreign ministry official says Egypt will recognize South Sudan after secession later this week. Mohamed Morsi told the Al-Ahram daily on Tuesday that Egypt will name its new ambassador to Juba the same day South Sudan declares its independence from the north. South Sudan is to become the world’s newest country Saturday. …

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Sudan says UN must leave once south independent

JUBA: Sudan has ordered the official termination of the UN’s north-south peacekeeping mission on July 9, the date the south will declare full independence, Khartoum’s official news agency said. "Sudan has officially notified the United Nations of the end of the term of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on July 9," Suna said …

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South Sudanese in most states back independence: poll

JUBA: South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region’s ten states polled by Reuters on Wednesday. The preliminary reports confirm widely held expectations of the result of last week’s plebiscite, the climax of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of …

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Sudan split ‘virtually certain’, says observer mission

KHARTOUM: The largest foreign poll observer mission said on Monday that the secession of south Sudan was "virtually certain" as polling stations wrapped up their counts in a landmark independence vote. Both the Carter Centre foundation of former US president Jimmy Carter and the European Union observer mission said the week-long referendum had been credible. …

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Egypt’s south Sudanese vote to go home

CAIRO: Lining up in front of a polling station in Cairo, a group of south Sudanese have one goal: to head back home once expected independence is declared, even if it means being forced into menial work. Scenes of jubilation erupted outside polling stations in Egypt last week at the start of a week-long referendum …

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Southern Sudanese voters celebrate as they line up at Cairo polling stations

CAIRO: A group of Southern Sudanese chanted “No to unity, yes to separation” in front of a Maadi polling station on the first day of Sudan’s scheduled referendum. Southern Sudanese danced and sang in front of the polling stations and called for a separation while rejecting the idea of unity. The stations were marked by …

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A divided Sudan is not in Egypt’s best interest, experts say

CAIRO: Africa’s largest nation, Sudan, is set to decide on its fate after years of civil war as it votes in a weeklong independence referendum that started Jan. 9, one that will not only affect the future of Sudan but will also create ripples through the continent in general and Egypt in specific. Political analysts …

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Jubilant south Sudanese vote en masse in referendum

JUBA: Men grinning and waving, women singing and dancing, south Sudanese dressed in their finest queued by the thousand Sunday to vote in a landmark referendum expected to create the world’s newest state. They had begun forming up in orderly sex-segregated lines from soon after midnight, eager to be among the first to have their …

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Sudanese torn ahead of south independence vote

By Guillaume Lavallee/ AFP KHARTOUM: Ordinary Sudanese in the capital were torn between regret and a feeling of “good riddance” as southerners prepared on Tuesday to vote on breaking away from their “brothers” in the north. After 55 years of united independence, of which 38 were wracked by conflict with the Muslim and mainly Arab north, …

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55,000 displaced south Sudanese return ahead of referendum

GENEVA: Some 55,000 displaced southern Sudanese have returned to their homeland from the north in the last few weeks, ahead of a key referendum on south Sudan’s independence, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. "With the Sudan referendum just weeks away, thousands of southerners living in the north are heading back to southern Sudan," said …

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Sudan to reinforce sharia after south vote, says Bashir

KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said on Sunday that the country’s north will reinforce its Islamic law after a referendum expected to grant independence to the south. "If South Sudan secedes, we’ll change the constitution. There will be no question of cultural or ethnic diversity. Sharia will be the only source of the constitution, and …

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Sudan’s Abyei Jan. 9 vote off, says US

By AFP WASHINGTON: The self-determination referendum on Sudan’s oil-rich Abyei region will not take place as planned on Jan. 9, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Tuesday. The Abyei referendum was set to coincide with a parallel referendum in southern Sudan where the people there decide whether to stay within an autonomous part of …

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Egypt pressed for delay in Sudan referendum: leak

CAIRO: Egypt lobbied last year to delay southern Sudan’s secession vote for four to six years because it feared the new state could fail and the division could imperil its share of Nile waters, a leaked diplomatic cable showed. The cable outlined Cairo’s warnings that a southern vote for independence in 2011 could have "fatal …

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Sudan rivals trade accusations ahead of referendum

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s former southern rebels and the ruling party of President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday accused each other of resorting to intimidation ahead of a referendum on southern independence. Top officials of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) said after visiting voter registration centers for the January 9 ballot that southerners living in the north …

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Aid workers overwhelmed as south Sudanese go home to vote

RUBKONA: A bus pulls up at the station in Rubkona, the terminus for thousands of south Sudanese returning from the north as partition looms. A man perched on the roof throws his luggage to the ground, as one might on entering one’s living room. Metal bed frames and plastic bags touting the charms of Paris …

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Alternative to Abyei referendum in Sudan may be option, says US

WASHINGTON: United States suggested for the first time Tuesday that it might not be possible to organize a referendum January 9 in the Sudanese region of Abyei, and suggested north and south weigh an "alternative." "Discussions continue on Abyei, and we will continue to hold the parties to their obligation to a referendum on Abyei… …

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