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Latest Sudan Items
The Obama administration intends to remove Sudan from a U.S. terrorist blacklist regardless of progress in the conflict-riddled province of Darfur.
The mud-hut town of Juba has earned a promotion to world capital later this year. But Southern Sudan needs far more than its own currency and a national anthem: Most of the roads here are dirt, and even aid workers live in shipping containers.
A decision by an overwhelming majority of southerners to secede from Sudan likely will put new pressure on President Omar al-Bashir's fragile regime in a region rocked by anti-government protests.
President Obama on Monday said the United States intends to formally recognize Southern Sudan as a sovereign, independent state in July.
As the wave of grass-roots unrest sweeping across the Middle East en- velops Egypt, all eyes are on the next move of embattled President Hosni Mubarak and his increasingly rickety regime. The telltale signs, however, are already becoming apparent; even as he has offered political concessions to his opposition, Egypt's aging autocrat is steering his country toward military control.
Iran has summoned a U.S. woman to return to the country and stand trial on Feb. 6 along with two other Americans still in custody and accused of spying after crossing the border from Iraq, a judiciary spokesman said Monday.
Southern Sudan's referendum commission said Sunday that more than 99 percent of voters in the south opted to secede from the country's north in a vote held earlier this month.
Southern Sudan's nearly certain secession from the Arab-dominated north is likely to set a dangerous precedent in an Arab world looking increasingly fractured along sectarian and ethnic lines.
Preliminary results from Southern Sudan's independence referendum indicate a landslide vote for secession, but turnout exceeded 100 percent in several areas, and a top election official said Sunday that some results were being quarantined.