Omar al Bashir

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Sudan's Leader Evades Arrest Once Again— via Private Jet

Leader is wanted by ICC for war crimes

(Newser) - For six years and counting, Omar al-Bashir has evaded arrest and a trial at the International Criminal Court on genocide and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the Darfur conflict , and it appears he may have slipped through the cracks again—this time in South Africa. The Sudanese leader was... More »

South Sudan: This Means War

President Salva Kiir says Sudan's attacks amount to declaration of war

(Newser) - As far as South Sudan is concerned, Omar al-Bashir has crossed the Rubicon. In a meeting today with Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said it was "a very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbor in Khartoum has declared war,"... More »

Clooney Testifies: 'Campaign of Murder' in Sudan

Actor goes before Congress after trip to troubled country

(Newser) - George Clooney, long an advocate for Sudan , testified before Congress today about the "campaign of murder" being carried out in the country. Clooney just returned from a trip to the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, where he says villagers hide from daily bombings. "We found children filled with... More »

North Sudan Troops Get 'Green Light' to Attack South

Gunman also fire on UN helicopters

(Newser) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has given Northern Sudan troops the “green light” to attack their southern counterparts at will if they feel threatened, as the dispute over the Abyei border region threatens to balloon into a full-scale civil war in the soon-to-be-divided nation. Northern tanks rolled into the fertile... More »

Sudan's Prez Certifies South's Secession

President Bashir accepts southern referendum

(Newser) - Handed final voting results that showed roughly 99% of Sudan's south wanted to secede, President Omar al-Bashir today agreed to allow part of his country to become its own nation, the New York Times reports. The vote, held last month, reflected years of exploitation and civil war between the Islamic... More »

Obama, Earn Your Peace Prize in Sudan

President must find a way to prevent another war

(Newser) - Finally, President Obama has a chance to earn that Nobel Peace Prize. "He can prevent war from igniting in Sudan," suggests the Christian Science Monitor in an editorial. Sudan "is again on a knife-edge. A referendum is scheduled for Jan. 9 in which the oil-rich south is... More »

Obama Sets Softer Sudan Policy

(Newser) - Though Obama advocated a confrontational approach to Sudan on the campaign trail, his administration will announce a somewhat soft policy toward the country on Monday. Ending months of internal wrangling, the policy is designed use to "pressure and incentives" to bend the government to address US concerns over the... More »

Female UN Worker in Sudan Wears Pants, Faces Flogging

(Newser) - A local woman working for the United Nations in Sudan has been charged with wearing “clothing causing harassment to the public sentiments” and could be flogged 40 times tomorrow for the crime, the Washington Post reports. Lubna Ahmed Hussein and 12 other women were rounded up earlier this month... More »

Angelina: UN Must Take a Stand on Darfur

Jolie writes for Time magazine

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie argues in a Time essay that it's put-up-or-shut-up time for the UN on Darfur. The Security Council will receive a report today on the nation's genocide under the watch of Omar al Bashir, and its response will determine whether the idea of an "international standard of justice"... More »

Sudan Prez: No Crimes in Darfur

Says media claims are part of propaganda campaign

(Newser) - Sudan’s president says his military hasn’t attacked civilians in Darfur and challenges “anybody” to show evidence to the contrary. “What has been reported to have happened in Darfur did not actually happen at all,” Omar al Bashir told the BBC in his first interview since... More »

Sudan Invites Aid Groups Back to Darfur

After getting the boot in March, NGOs to return to troubled region

(Newser) - The Sudanese government says it will invite new aid groups to work in Darfur and let the UN and other agencies expand their operations in the region. The announcement comes two months after Sudan expelled 13 NGOs, including Doctors Without Borders, in the aftermath of the International Criminal Court's indictment... More »

Farrow Will Fast for Darfur

Actress wants world leaders to turn attention to Sudan's plight after aid groups expelled

(Newser) - Mia Farrow will start a hunger strike on Monday to draw attention to the living conditions of Darfur's millions of refugees, the BBC reports. The actress wants to show solidarity with those whose suffering has increased since the Sudanese government banned aid groups. The actress is asking "human rights... More »

Darfur Crisis Will Worsen in Weeks: US Envoy

(Newser) - The humanitarian situation in Darfur will worsen significantly in just a few weeks if aid organizations do not move quickly, says the new American envoy. Scott Gration said groups expelled by President Omar Bashir last month for allegedly colluding with the International Criminal Court to indict him on war crimes... More »

'Fugitive' Sudan Prez Defies World Court

Al-Bashir's Saudi trip seen as effort to undermine support for international justice

(Newser) - Sudan's president thumbed his nose at the International Criminal Court with a high-profile pilgrimage to Mecca yesterday, reports the Times of London. A ruling last month requires the court's 108 members to arrest Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity in Darfur if he enters their nations. Many see his trips... More »

Sudan Accuses US of Strike

(Newser) - Sudan is now blaming "American fighters" for an airstrike on a convoy of trucks in the desert, the New York Times reports. The US denies the charges. Sudan's accusation follows earlier reports that Israel conducted the January airstrike to prevent a weapons delivery to Gaza. A Sudanese official's statement... More »

Sudan's Expulsion of Aid Groups Imperils Region

President kicked Oxfam, others out after ICC war crimes charges

(Newser) - The expulsion of international aid groups from Sudan not only raises the risk of starvation for millions of people in Darfur's refugee camps, but is also sparking fears of increased violence by rebel groups opposed to President Omar al-Bashir, the Christian Science Monitor reports. "People with weapons are everywhere,... More »

Sudan President Defies Darfur Warrant, Ejects Aid Groups

Aid groups ejected from Darfur as Bashir denounces 'colonialists'

(Newser) - A day after the International Criminal Court ordered his arrest for atrocities in Darfur, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir vowed to defy the court and called its decision a colonial conspiracy. The New York Times reports that Sudan's government also ordered 10 international humanitarian organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, to leave... More »

International Court Charges Sudan Prez on Darfur Crimes

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court today issued a warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, charging him with murder, extermination, and rape, among other war crimes and crimes against humanity, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors say orders to kill or displace tribal people in Sudan’s Darfur region, which resulted in... More »

World Court Issues Warrant for Sudan President

Bashir may be tried for genocide, war crimes

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, a move that Arab and African nations warn could sink peace negotiations in Darfur. Omar al-Bashir is the first state leader that the 7-year-old court has tried to arrest, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors hope to try... More »

Sudan Pushes Darfur Ceasefire

Cooperation from rebels uncertain; past such efforts proved fruitless

(Newser) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced a unilateral ceasefire in Darfur today, saying the government would begin disarming militias. But no rebels were included in the ceasefire discussions, and similar declarations have failed repeatedly. Bashir is trying to persuade international prosecutors to hold off on attempts to indict him for genocide,... More »

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