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Sudanese warplanes bomb UN camp in South Sudan

By Waakhe Wudu / AFP JUBA: Sudanese warplanes bombed a UN peacekeepers’ base, damaging it but causing no casualties in the first such attack since a recent escalation of fighting with South Sudan, officials said Monday. Bombing raids on Sunday also killed nine civilians elsewhere in South Sudan’s Unity border state, said the area’s information minister, …

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Egypt in push to end Sudan confrontation over oil

By Alexander Dziadosz /Reuters KHARTOUM/CAIRO: Egypt is mounting a diplomatic offensive to defuse tensions between Sudan and South Sudan that have raised fears the two former civil war foes could return to a full-blown conflict. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr arrived at Khartoum airport on Sunday for talks after the two countries clashed during …

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South Sudan’s Kiir rejects calls to withdraw troops

By Hannah McNeish / AFP JUBA: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir rejected calls Thursday to pull out from contested border regions, but said he did not want war with Khartoum, whose warplanes bombed a Southern town for the first time. Three days of heavy fighting between rival armies this week, the worst since South Sudan …

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Battles raging on disputed border, 2 Sudans say

By Michael Onyiego / AP JUBA: Battles raged Wednesday along the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan, officials from both countries said, and a South Sudan official said the fighting is “spreading all over.” The two sides fought a civil war that lasted decades, and any increase in sporadic border clashes raises the risk …

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Sudan halts talks with South after ‘most serious’ attack

By AFP KHARTOUM: Sudan’s parliament on Wednesday called a halt to negotiations with South Sudan, official radio reported, as the foreign ministry accused Juba of the worst violation of its territory since independence. “Parliament decided to stop negotiations and withdraw the delegation immediately from Addis Ababa,” Radio Omdurman reported after a second day of renewed …

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Push to bring Sudan, South Sudan into crisis talks

By Jenny Vaughan / AFP ADDIS ABABA: African Union mediators Sunday redoubled their efforts to kick start crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after fresh fighting that Khartoum accuses Juba of backing. Teams from both nations have been in the Ethiopian capital since Saturday, but so far there have been no bilateral Khartoum-Juba talks. Each …

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Sudan, S.Sudan pledge peace as crisis talks delayed

By AFP ADDIS ABABA: African-brokered crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan after days of border clashes were delayed Thursday but the rival sides pledged to stop an escalation into full-blown war. The talks in the Ethiopian capital were likely to be deferred because chief mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, could only reach …

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Bodies, destroyed tanks at scene of Sudan battle

By Abdelmoneim Abu Edris Ali / AFP HEGLIG: Dead bodies and destroyed tanks lay in Sudan’s southern oil centre of Heglig on Wednesday after government forces and South Sudanese troops clashed along the border, sparking international alarm. Smoke still rose from a damaged residence at the battle scene. An AFP reporter observed the damage while accompanying …

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South Sudan accuses Khartoum of air strikes, troop incursion

By Hannah McNeish / AFP JUBA: Sudanese fighter jets have bombed oil and water wells deep inside South Sudan and its ground troops have crossed into contested oil-rich border regions, South Sudan officials said Thursday. But Khartoum swiftly denied the claims. Border tensions have mounted since South Sudan split from Sudan in July after decades of …

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2,000 flee aerial bombs in Sudan’s Blue Nile: UNHCR

GENEVA: Fresh aerial bombings in Sudan’s border Blue Nile state are sending more refugees fleeing to Ethiopia, with 2,000 arriving in the last four days, the UN refugee agency said Friday. "Aerial bombings in Sudan’s Blue Nile state are driving a new wave of refugees into Ethiopia," said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in …

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