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BRUSSELS | The U.S. special envoy to Sudan on Wednesday voiced fears that the violence in the South Kordofan region could spread and engulf the newly independent nation of South Sudan.

“I think that the danger in the fighting in South Kordofan is that it could indeed spread to other parts,” Princeton Lyman said in an Internet news conference.

South Kordofan remained under Khartoum’s northern administration when South Sudan became independent last month. Since June violent clashes have been pitting Nuba rebels once allied to southern rebels against the Sudanese army.


Woman killed in clash over Muslim sect members

MAIDUGURI | A woman was killed and two men were injured in a clash between soldiers and youths in northeastern Nigeria over the arrest of suspected members of a radical Muslim sect, police said Wednesday.

Army Lt. Olumide Olukoya said fighting started Tuesday in Biu city in Borno state. A woman died from gunshot wounds in the clash, after authorities arrested clerics and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, he said.

Lt. Olukoya said about 150 rioting youths later torched a government building and a Catholic Church.

Boko Haram, with a name that means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, is responsible for a rash of killings targeting security officers, local leaders and clerics in the area in the past year. It also claimed responsibility for a bombing at national police headquarters that killed two in June.


Prosecutor charges 12 more allies of ex-leader Gbagbo

ABIDJAN | The Ivory Coast has charged 12 more allies of former President Laurent Gbagbo, including his son and party chief, with rebelling against the state in a deadly postelection dispute, an official said Wednesday.

They are among dozens of people rounded up with Mr. Gbagbo on April 11 in a dramatic end to a conflict rooted in his refusal to accept defeat in November elections won by Alassane Ouattara, now installed as president.

The charges include attacking “nation defense,” plotting against “state authority,” arming militias and encouraging a rebellion, prosecution spokesman Noel Dje said.

The new defendants take to 38 the number of Gbagbo supporters facing charges after the conflict, which left about 3,000 people dead.

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