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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.
April 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Thousands of people protested Sunday outside Prime Minister Tony Blair's residence to demand decisive action to end the violence in Darfur, holding up a 7-foot hourglass filled with artificial blood. Protests also were held in the United States, Israel and other countries on what campaigners designated a global day of action.
April 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Sudanese rebel group accused government troops and affiliated militias of killing 73 people in attacks on a cluster of villages in the Darfur region, an accusation the army denied. Ibrahim Helu, a commander in one faction of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army, said a large number of government troops and militiamen had attacked 11 villages in the Sires Umm Qura area of northern Darfur over the preceding three days. "They killed more than 73 civilians....
April 11, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
In the latest sign that violence roiling Darfur is spilling into neighboring Chad, more than 200 Chadians were feared dead in an attack against two remote farming villages near the Sudanese border, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Tuesday. A team of humanitarian aid workers that reached the villages of Tiero and Marena on Sunday found mass graves, decomposing bodies, scores of dead livestock and hundreds of torched huts, some still smoldering more than a week after the March 31 attack.
April 1, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
After leading Africa's largest country for nearly 18 years, is Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir ready to step down? That's the question some in Khartoum, the capital, are asking after Bashir's surprising public comments this year that the Sudanese people are impatient for leadership change and that he had no desire to run in the next election. Critics dismissed Bashir's comments as political gamesmanship or false humility.
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