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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.
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 14, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Villagers in this remote Darfur hamlet bid goodbye to yet another family the other day. That makes about 50 in three years who have succumbed to the pull of nearby displacement camps, with their promise of food rations and a semblance of security. Each time someone leaves tiny Kuteri there's a small celebration, as residents load up the departing neighbors with corn and beans for the journey. "If life in the camp isn't good," Sheik Ibrahim Ahmed usually tells them, "you can always come back."
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.
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