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Parliament OKs security, oil deals with S. Sudan

KHARTOUM — Sudan’s parliament Wednesday approved deals with South Sudan on oil and security that the two countries’ presidents have hailed as ending their conflict.

About half of the chamber’s 350 lawmakers were present for the ballot, and only two of them voted against the agreements.

The late-September deals, signed by Sudanese President Omar Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, came after the neighbors fought along their border in March and April, sparking fears of wider war.

A U.N. Security Council resolution ordered a cease-fire and the settlement of crucial unresolved issues, under African Union mediation.


Grenade blast kills 3 suspects during raid

MOMBASA — Police said three terror suspects in Kenya’s largest coastal city were killed after a raid turned violent.

Aggrey Adoli, the top police official in the Mombasa area, said that during a 2 a.m. raid Wednesday a terrorist suspect threw a grenade at officers, wounding four of them. He said three suspects were killed in the clash. He said the grenade caused the deaths.

Police said they recovered assault rifles, grenades and ammunition from the house.

Coastal Kenya has seen an increase in violence in the past year. Somali militants have carried out attacks and a separatist movement known as the Mombasa Republican Council has clashed with authorities.

Wednesday’s violence came only hours after security officials launched a crackdown on the council.


Aid workers kidnapped in central Niger

NIAMEY — Six aid group employees were abducted from the guesthouse where they were sleeping in a central Niger town, an eyewitness and the provincial governor said this week.

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