March 14, 2009 |
Three foreign staff members of Doctors Without Borders were freed two days after they were abducted in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the Italian Foreign Ministry said Friday. An official of the aid organization's Belgian branch, for which the three work, Erwin Van't Land, also said the group had been told by the kidnappers and by Sudanese authorities that the abductees had been released. "But we have not been able to talk to them ourselves. We need our own independent confirmation," he said.
October 26, 2008 |
He's accused of torturing enemies, cozying up to Osama bin Laden in the 1990s and plotting to assassinate Egypt's president. But presidential advisor Nafie Ali Nafie says his moderation and pragmatism won him his latest assignment: overseeing the Sudanese government's response to the conflict in Darfur. "I was picked for this because I'm a mild person," said Nafie, maintaining a wary smile and unflappable demeanor throughout an 80-minute interview in his office here.
September 25, 2008 |
This overcrowded Darfur displacement camp is preparing for battle. Men have dug trenches and dragged tree trunks across dirt roads. Young lookouts, some armed with sticks and axes, scan the horizon for invaders. Even aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers are increasingly wary of Kalma's besieged and, at times, belligerent population.
June 25, 2008 |
When Jan Eliasson agreed to be a U.N. envoy to Darfur, he believed peace for the beleaguered region of Sudan was within reach. But after 18 months of shuttle diplomacy, rebel groups are more fractured and violent than ever and the Sudanese government is again engaged in brutal attacks on villages, he told the Security Council on Tuesday. The chance for peace has slipped away for now, he told the council "with much regret," and the focus must revert to restoring security.
May 24, 2008 |
Dozens of men on horseback armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades ambushed Nigerian peacekeepers serving with the U.N.-African Union force in Darfur. No casualties were reported, but the attackers stole rifles, ammunition, telephones and cash. The U.N. peacekeeping chief warned last week of an alarming increase in violence.
April 11, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Crisis. Disarray. Sadness. Four months before the opening of what was supposed to be the grandest Olympics in history, the head of the International Olympic Committee was using words Thursday that convey anything but a sense of joyous enthusiasm.