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July 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur region are hampering the world's largest humanitarian operation, and about 170,000 people are out of reach of food aid because of the violence, the United Nations' World Food Program said. Nine food convoys have been ambushed by gunmen in the last two weeks, the WFP said in a statement. Darfur rebel groups have been battling the Sudanese government since 2003.
July 23, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
On the second day of a rare visit to Darfur, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir unveiled several development projects meant to bolster the war-torn region, but he did not visit any of the camps filled with people displaced by years of systematic violence blamed on militias linked to his government.
July 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, implicated by many in the international community in Darfur's killings, visited the troubled region for the first time in the four-year conflict there. The visit is part of his attempt to recast himself in the role of unifier. He is scheduled to visit the Darfur region's three provincial capitals in as many days. An estimated 200,000 people have been killed and about 2.
July 16, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
In an international summit Sunday to push peace in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the Sudanese government agreed to soon meet rebel groups that thus far have refused to join peace talks. If the agreement holds, it will be an important step in re-launching a peace process that has stalled since those key rebel factions rejected the widely unpopular Darfur peace agreement struck last year.
July 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. envoy to Sudan accused the government of bombing civilian positions in its Darfur region after a lull of months, and warned of a "disturbing and provocative" trend of Arab groups resettling in the area. Andrew S. Natsios said Arabs from neighboring countries were migrating into Western Darfur and other areas belonging to local tribes.
June 12, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Sohair Abdella met her client in a hospital room. The 19-year-old woman was cradling an infant in arms laced with deep cuts. Her face was covered with bruises. She had been kidnapped from her village in Darfur and taken to a Sudanese army camp, she told Abdella, where she was subjected to "continuous rape" for seven days. A militiaman next took her to his home, where he kept her as a virtual slave.
June 11, 2007
John Lennon once sang, "Nobody told me there'd be days like these," a sentiment that could easily apply to an age in which rock stars such as Bono and Bob Geldof are getting serious face time with world leaders -- instead of being derided by politicians for their incursions into politics. Lennon's music is the focal point of "Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur," a double CD being released Tuesday to benefit Amnesty International's relief efforts in the war-torn region of Sudan.
May 27, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has put his personal diplomatic clout on the line to end the bloodshed in Darfur, demanding a cease-fire and fresh peace talks in a letter to Sudan's president, U.S. and Sudanese diplomats said Saturday. Ban has asked the Security Council to hold off on sanctions to give President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir time to respond to an all-out diplomatic drive outlined for the first time in the confidential letter, which was delivered Friday.
May 13, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Adam Sterling wants individual investors to know that they are a powerful force -- and they can use that power to help stop genocide halfway across the world in the Sudanese region of Darfur. If American investors pull their money from companies that fund the Sudanese government, Sterling believes that government will be forced to curtail atrocities by its forces and allied militias in their fight against Darfur rebels.
May 3, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The International Criminal Court on Wednesday issued its first arrest warrants in Sudan's Darfur conflict, for a government minister and a former militia leader accused of war crimes. Sudanese officials, however, said they would not hand over the pair, who are charged with dozens of counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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