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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.
March 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Sudanese troops barred the U.N. humanitarian chief from a Darfur refugee camp whose residents have been raped and attacked by gunmen suspected of belonging to pro-government militias. The convoy carrying humanitarian chief John Holmes was halted at a checkpoint outside the Kassab camp, and he was told he lacked the proper papers for a visit. Holmes said he had obtained the necessary clearances from the government.
March 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The continuing genocide in Sudan's Darfur region was the world's worst human rights abuse last year, the United States said Tuesday. "Too often in the past year we received painful reminders that human rights, though self-evident, are not self-enforcing," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in presenting the State Department's annual survey of human rights practices.
February 16, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Fresh from a meeting with rebel commanders in the western Sudanese bush, leaders of a new joint United Nations and African Union peace effort expressed optimism Thursday about bringing warring parties in Darfur back to the negotiating table. In the latest diplomatic offensive to jump-start stalled peace talks, special envoys from the two organizations are wrapping up a weeklong series of meetings with Sudanese government officials, rebel fighters, civilians and tribal leaders.
January 12, 2007 | Desmond Butler, Associated Press
Previously unseen footage recorded by actor George Clooney and his journalist father, Nick, while traveling to the border of the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan will be aired Monday. "A Journey to Darfur," which will be broadcast on AmericanLife TV Network, recounts the trip they made in April with a photographer and another family member, flying by small plane into Sudan and visiting a village just outside the Darfur border.
January 11, 2007 | From Reuters
Sudan's government and Darfur rebels have agreed to a 60-day cease-fire and a peace summit sponsored by the African Union and the United Nations as steps toward stopping the violence in western Sudan, visiting New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. Sudan also agreed to let foreign journalists visit Darfur after a two-month ban and to remove a requirement for exit visas for humanitarian workers, one of the biggest obstacles to the world's largest aid operation.
December 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Sudan's president said he accepted a U.N. package to help end escalating violence in Darfur and was ready to discuss a cease-fire. The president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Sudan was ready to immediately implement two agreements endorsing a three-step U.N. plan to strengthen a 7,000-strong African Union force. Bashir also dropped his opposition to a hybrid AU-U.N. force that would be deployed as the final step in the peace plan.
November 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A large force of Sudanese soldiers backed by allied militiamen is sweeping through North Darfur, killing civilians and looting and burning villages in violation of a cease-fire agreement, international observers and rebels said. At least four civilians were killed near the northern town of Birmaza, said Youssouf Mussabal, a rebel leader in the area. He said about 200 pro-government militiamen riding camels had moved into the area, backed by mobile army units and the Sudanese air force.
November 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Sudanese army and government-backed militias are committing acts of "inexplicable terror" against civilians, including children, in the Darfur region, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official said. The accusations by Jan Egeland came as Sudanese officials indicated they might backtrack from a deal for a mixed U.N. and African peacekeeping force. Egeland said violence in the western region is reaching its worst level since fighting erupted more than three years ago.
November 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
African, Arab, European and U.N. leaders agreed in principle Thursday to a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region. The force could be as large as 27,000, including the existing 7,000-member African Union force now there, but the leaders did not set a timetable for deployment, partly because Sudan has concerns, including the question of who would be in charge. U.N.
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