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Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US

Philly mayor greets Sudanese woman, gives Liberty Bell replica as liberation gift

(Newser) - Being called a "world freedom fighter" by the mayor is a nice way to be greeted when you land in Philly. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, the woman who came perilously close to being hanged in Sudan for renouncing Islam, marrying a Christian, and converting to Christianity, arrived in the... 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 »

Sudan Says Rebel Chief Killed

Death of JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim would be key victory

(Newser) - The Sudanese army said it killed the leader of the main Darfur rebel group in fighting today and touted his death as a key victory. The army said Khalil Ibrahim, who led the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement, or JEM, was killed during a military offensive in North Kordofan state... More »

105 Dead in Clashes in South Sudan

Worries about stability rise ahead of region's independence

(Newser) - At least 105 people have died in violence between government forces and rebel militias in Southern Sudan this week, an official said today, raising concerns of southern instability ahead of the region's independence declaration in July. A Southern Sudan spokesman said fighting yesterday between a group of rebels led... 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 »

Egypt Hunts for Kidnapped Tourists

Group including Europeans, Egyptians taken into neighboring Sudan

(Newser) - A group including 11 European tourists kidnapped Friday in Egypt has been taken across the southern border into neighboring Sudan, officials told the Associated Press today. The kidnappers have demanded as much as $15 million for the release of the German, Italian, and Romanian tourists and their Egyptian guides; Egypt's... More »

Sudan Cuts Ties With Chad After Surprise Rebel Attack

Assault was crushed, says Sudan prez

(Newser) - Sudan today severed ties with Chad, charging that the nation aided hundreds of Darfur rebels who launched a surprise assault on the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman late yesterday. Khartoum and Omdurman were heavily guarded and under curfew after the assault hundreds of miles from rebel bases in the west. Sudanese... More »

US Diplomat Shot Dead in Sudan

USAID official succumbs to injuries in Khartoum

(Newser) - A US diplomat has died of injuries suffered when he was shot five times early this morning as he rode through the streets of Khartoum, the AP reports. The attack immediately killed his driver. The shooting occurred a day after a joint African Union-United Nations force took over peacekeeping duties... More »

'Elder' Carter Not Taking Any Guff in Darfur

Ex-prez shouts at minders trying to keep him from refugees

(Newser) - Soft-spoken Jimmy Carter threw down today with Sudanese security officials who told him he couldn't meet fearful refugees, hollering "We're going to anyway!" and threatening to tell their president on them. The ex-president is touring Darfur, with a group of fellow diplomatic rock stars called "the Elders,... More »

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