March 15, 2007 |
A federal judge ruled in Norfolk that the Sudanese government caused the terrorist bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole and would be liable for damages to the families of the 17 sailors killed in the attack. U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar said he would issue a written opinion later to explain his reasoning. He requested additional paperwork, including tax returns of the sailors killed, to help calculate damages.
August 30, 2004 |
Peace talks in Nigeria between Sudan's government and rebels in its Darfur region ended in a deadlock on how to resolve a conflict that has killed an estimated 30,000 people and forced more than 1 million villagers to flee their homes for refugee camps. "There is a big distance between what we think about improving the humanitarian situation in the camps and what the government thinks," said Ahmed Mohammed Tugod, the negotiator for the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group.
August 13, 2004 |
Sudan's president on Thursday accused the West of exploiting the Darfur conflict in the hope of seizing the country's gold and oil, but Washington responded that its only aim was to halt mass slayings. Sudan is under intense international pressure to rein in Arab militias accused of sacking villages and raping and killing civilians, and to provide security for more than 1 million people displaced by the turmoil.
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September 23, 1985 |
This country's transitional government has abolished the Islamic system of taxation introduced in 1984 by deposed President Jaafar Numeiri and will revert to a conventional Western-style system. Finance Minister Awad Abdel-Majeed told a weekend news conference that the transitional government would draft a new tax law along the lines of the 1971 system in the next few days.
October 22, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell arrived here Tuesday to encourage Sudanese rebels and government officials holding peace talks in the resort town of Naivasha to bring their 20-year war to a speedy resolution. Powell's two-day visit, coming after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand, is largely a symbol of U.S. support, as negotiators say that a peace deal is unlikely before December.
January 14, 2011 |
Sparks flew as blacksmiths fanned fires and Stephen Jada, a welder with ambitions far larger than his tin shack, rested in the shade and spoke of how this gritty, once forgotten sliver of the world was about to blossom. "A new nation," he declared, "is being born to be equal with other countries. There is much to be done. " He looked down an alley of tools and rust and listened to the hiss of blowtorches, the bite of hacksaws. Men around him hammered and sweated. Women sold beans and shooed children along bamboo fences not far from families scrubbing clothes in the Nile.
June 20, 2004 |
With his government facing threats of more U.S. sanctions, Sudanese President Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir has ordered "complete mobilization" to disarm all illegal groups in the western region of Darfur, including the Arab militias that have been killing African villagers.
November 19, 2010 |
In about two months, Africa may have a new country, the first since the end of the colonial era. On Jan. 9, the people of southern Sudan are expected to vote in a referendum to determine whether their region will become an independent nation. Indications are that the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of seceding, but the practicalities of achieving a free, fair and peaceful vote are daunting. This referendum is the culmination of a long and bloody path. The civil war between north and south Sudan, the longest in African history, claimed the lives of 2 million people and finally ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
May 25, 2011 |
Thousands of residents of Sudan's disputed oil-rich Abyei region continued to flee south Tuesday, along with humanitarian groups attempting to prepare clinics and shelters before the rainy season strands the displaced and renders mostly dirt roads impassable. Chol Anguie, a member the Abyei administrative council, said hundreds of children were separated from their parents when fighting started in the region over the weekend and are searching for their families in towns to the south.
June 17, 2010 |
They come at first light with shovels and sacks, hunched shadows praying for glimmers across a stingy land. These men with torn clothes and sandaled feet don't ask for much, just enough gold to head home feeling blessed beneath the blazing sky of northern Sudan. A stiff wind blows across the desert fringes and they camp at a desolate web of ditches crawling with scorpions. The heat keeps rising and they remember what the bus driver said when he dropped them off far, far from the glow of big city Khartoum: "Let's go home.