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South Sudan's Kiir in Khartoum for Key Talks

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Khartoum on Saturday for his first visit since southern secession to discuss key unresolved issues, including Abyei and oil, that have undermined north-south relations.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received his counterpart at the airport, alongside senior members of his cabinet, according to an AFP correspondent.

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U.S. Urges South, North Sudan to Reach Oil Deal

The U.S. nominee for ambassador to South Sudan on Wednesday called on the new state and its former rulers in north Sudan to reach an oil-sharing deal quickly to avert "economic stresses."

The south, which has three-quarters of the old Sudan's oil reserves, failed to reach a deal on how much it should pay for renting the North’s pipeline before it seceded and formed an independent state on July 9.

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Sudan Army 'Attacks Rebels' on Darfur-Libya Border

The Sudanese army has attacked a heavily armed convoy of Darfur rebels near the war-torn region's border with Libya, killing one and seizing a truck load of weapons, the army spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Yesterday (Monday), when the Sudanese armed forces tried to close the border, where Sudan, Libya and Chad meet, clashes erupted with a small group from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)," Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Agence France Presse.

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WikiLeaks: Sudan Planned for Normalizing Ties with Israel

Sudan told U.S. officials of its desire to normalize ties with Israel, a leaked diplomatic cable said, in a potentially embarrassing revelation for one of the Jewish state's more outspoken critics.

Mustafa Osman Ismail, a senior adviser to President Omar al-Bashir, said one aspect of proposed cooperation with the United States included normalizing Sudan's relations with Israel, according to a cable published by WikiLeaks.

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Sudan Bans Main Opposition Party amid Sweeping Arrests

Sudan has banned the main opposition party, closed its offices and made sweeping arrests across the country, its secretary general said on Sunday, as fighting continued in a key SPLM stronghold.

"The (ruling) National Congress Party has banned the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in all states and arrested a large number of its members and seized property and documents belonging to it in different states and localities," Yasser Arman said in a statement.

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Sudan State Media Say Rebels Killed 17 Civilians

Rebels fighting Sudanese troops in the ethnically divided border state of South Kordofan killed 17 civilians, some of them children, state media reported.

"Seventeen civilians were killed on Thursday, including children, and 14 wounded, including a number of women, in attacks by the SPLA in the areas of Um Dahilib and Murung, in the Kalugi region of South Kordofan state," the official SUNA news agency reported late on Friday.

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Khartoum Files Complaint with U.N. against S. Sudan

Sudan's government has lodged a complaint at the U.N. Security Council against South Sudan, accusing it of fomenting unrest in its northern neighbor, an official announced on Tuesday.

The complaint also accused South Sudan, which obtained its independence in July, of "supporting rebels" against the Khartoum government, foreign ministry spokesman Al-Obeid Merwah said in a statement.

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Sudan's Bashir Declares Two-Week Truce in South Kordofan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday declared a two-week ceasefire in South Kordofan state which has been rocked since June by violent clashes between the Sudanese army and Nuba rebels.

"I declare a unilateral two-week ceasefire," Bashir said in a speech broadcast on state radio during his visit to Kadugli, the capital of the state of South Kordofan.

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U.S. Keeps Iran, Syria on Terror Blacklist Over Support for Hizbullah

The United States retained Iran and its ally Syria as well as Sudan and Cuba on a list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism Thursday, after blacklisting the countries the previous year.

In an annual report, the State Department said "Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010," citing "financial, material and logistic support" for militant groups in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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U.N.: Crimes against Humanity May Have Been Committed in Sudan

Allegations of summary executions, aerial bombardments of civilians and enforced disappearances in Sudan's South Kordofan could constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes, the U.N. said Monday.

"If substantiated (the allegations) could amount to crimes against humanity, or war crimes for which individual criminal responsibility may be sought," according to the preliminary results of a U.N. investigation into a series of incidents in South Kordofan between June 5 and 30.

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