- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Malnutrition rises again in Darfur

GENEVA — Increased fighting, violence and a lack of funding are eroding progress in Darfur and malnutrition is on the rise again, the United Nations Children’s Fund said yesterday.

“We need to raise the alarm,” said Ted Chaiban, head of UNICEF’s mission to Sudan. “We’re losing ground. We need to stop this deterioration. We are seeing the beginning of what could be a reverse of the positive trend of 2005.”

Fighting between the government and its allies and the rebel movements, infighting among rebel factions jockeying for position and territory, and general banditry have forced a new wave of people from their homes, Mr. Chaiban said. Unrest also is preventing access to roughly a third of people forced from their homes who remain in Sudan and are not classified as refugees because they have not crossed an international border.


China’s president arrives seeking oil

ABUJA — Chinese President Hu Jintao flew into Africa’s biggest oil producer yesterday prospecting for new energy supplies to slake the thirst of his rapidly growing economy and was met at the airport by President Olusegun Obasanjo at the start of a two-day state visit.

Mr. Hu arrived on an Air China Boeing 747 jumbo jet, accompanied by his wife, Liu Yongqing, and senior officials.

Before their arrival, Nigerian officials said China’s state oil company, the China National Petroleum Corp., will be offered four oil-exploration blocks in exchange for $4 billion worth of repairs to a refinery and infrastructure projects.

Weekly notes …

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has announced a security crackdown after violent demonstrations by former soldiers and banned a labor strike planned for yesterday. In a radio address late Tuesday, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf ordered the prosecution of the leaders of hundreds of former government troops who rioted in the capital over pension payments, injuring several people, including two peacekeepers from the United Nations. … Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba was discharged from a hospital in Johannesburg a month after being admitted with heart problems, but spokesman Emmanuel Mwamba said Mr. Chiluba would remain in South Africa two weeks for follow-up medical visits. The former trade union leader, who ruled Zambia for 10 years and stepped down after elections in 2001, is on trial in Zambia on charges of corruption. His passport was confiscated when the government began an anti-graft campaign, but he was cleared by the high court to travel on medical grounds.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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