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U.N. Security Council Votes for New Sudan Peacekeeping Force

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously voted to send a 4,200-strong Ethiopian peacekeeping force to the disputed Sudanese territory of Abyei.

The force will monitor the withdrawal of north Sudan troops from Abyei as well as human rights in the region.

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Obama Urges Ceasefire in Sudan's South Kordofan

President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan's South Kordofan state, where he said the situation is "dire" with government forces accused of ethnic cleansing.

Heavy fighting in the run-up to south Sudan's declaration of independence on July 9 has pitted government troops and allied militias against forces aligned with the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

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Sudanese Rivals Sign Abyei Accord

The rival governments of north and south Sudan signed an accord Monday on the demilitarization of the disputed Abyei frontier region, mediator Thabo Mbeki told the U.N. Security Council.

The former South African president, who heads an African Union panel mediating on Sudan, said the accord had been signed "in the last hour" before his address to the Security Council by video link from Addis Ababa.

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Abyei Clashes 'Resume' on Sudan's Embattled Border

Clashes erupted in Abyei Wednesday between north and south Sudanese troops, the southern army said, just days after a deal to demilitarize the disputed area, and as Khartoum stepped up air strikes in neighboring South Kordofan.

Members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF -- northern army) exchanged fire with the Sudan People's Liberation Army at the Kiir, or Bahr al-Arab, river, the southern army's spokesman told Agence France Presse, without providing details of casualties.

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Obama Calls for Ceasefire in Sudan

President Barack Obama is calling on Sudan's warring factions to end the bloody violence threatening a peace agreement as the south gears up for independence due in three weeks.

"There is no military solution," Obama said in an audio message recorded late Tuesday for the U.S.-funded Voice of America (VOA) broadcasting network.

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Sudan Mounts Air Strikes to 'Control Oilfields'

Sudan's army has launched repeated air strikes on the southern army in Unity state in a bid to seize oilfields there weeks before the south's independence, a southern army spokesman said Friday.

Philip Aguer, spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) of the south, said the SPLA was on "maximum alert" and strengthening its defensive positions, fearing the start of an invasion to seize the oilfields.

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U.S. Calls for Sudan Clashes to 'Cease Immediately'

The United States called Tuesday for clashes in Sudan to "cease immediately," expressing concern over reports of several fatalities in the fighting between the northern and southern armies.

Washington is "deeply troubled" by United Nations reports that six people have been killed in the fighting in Kadugli, capital of volatile South Kordofan state, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

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U.S. Calls for Sudan Leaders to Meet on Abyei

The United States called Wednesday on Sudan's northern and southern leaders to meet immediately to defuse a crisis over the disputed Abyei border region and help save a 2005 peace agreement.

Johnnie Carson, the top U.S. diplomat for Africa, renewed U.S. condemnation of the May 21 seizure of Abyei by troops serving the northern-based government of President Omar al-Bashir and repeated American calls for them to withdraw.

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Sudan's Abyei Ablaze after Capture by Khartoum Forces

Sudan’s flashpoint town of Abyei was ablaze on Monday with gunmen looting properties after its capture by northern troops, the United Nations said, as Washington demanded Khartoum pull out its forces.

The U.N. Mission in Sudan, or UNMIS, warned Khartoum it was responsible for law and order amid reports thousands of civilians were fleeing southwards after northern Sudan Armed Forces troops and tanks overran the border town Saturday.

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North, South Sudan Agree Abyei Troop Withdrawal

North and south Sudan have agreed to start withdrawing unauthorized troops from the flashpoint Abyei border region, the United Nations said, a week after clashes there left 14 people dead.

The two sides agreed that the pullout would begin from Tuesday and be completed within a week, the U.N. Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said in a statement late on Sunday.

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