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At Least 60 Killed as Fighting Surges in S.Sudan

At least 56 rebels and four government troops were killed in heavy weekend clashes in northeastern South Sudan, in a worrying surge of violence in the world's youngest nation.

Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said Monday that rebels aligned with former vice president Riek Machar attacked government troops near the country's second largest city of Malakal.

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Sudan's Bashir Says Peace Has Returned to Darfur

President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday declared that peace had returned to Sudan's war-torn Darfur despite a deadlock in African Union-brokered ceasefire talks and persistent fighting that has driven thousands from their homes this year.

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U.S.: South Sudan War Criminals Will be Held Accountable

Washington has warned that those who perpetrate atrocities in South Sudan's civil war will be held responsible for their crimes.

The United States served as a midwife in the creation of the South Sudan, formed in July 2011 by partitioning Sudan.

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Five Soldiers Killed in S. Sudan Clashes

Five soldiers have been killed in a shootout in South Sudan's capital Juba, army and former rebel officials said Friday, in the latest blow to a shaky peace deal.

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'Jihad Units' Fueling Sudan Campus Unrest

Sitting behind a table in his downtown Khartoum office, Sudanese businessman Ammar Sajjad talks in a hushed tone about his son's detention at his college campus last year.

For hours the 19-year-old electronics student was repeatedly beaten in a small room by a group of fellow pupils, who Sajjad said were members of a "jihad unit" that was active at the college.

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Sudan's Bashir, Wanted by ICC, Applies for U.S. Visa

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, has applied for a U.S. visa to attend the next United Nations General Assembly, an official said Thursday.

It would be Bashir's first visit to the United States since his 2009 indictment by the Hague-based ICC for alleged war crimes in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

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Sudan's Bashir Heads to Uganda for Rare Visit

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew to Uganda Thursday, state media reported, in his first visit to Kampala since his indictment by the International Criminal Court in 2009 for alleged war crimes in war-torn Darfur.

The rare-two day visit to Uganda -- a signatory of the Hague-based International Criminal Court -- is aimed at boosting often-fraught ties.

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19 Kidnapped Ethiopian Children Freed in South Sudan

Nineteen Ethiopian children who were kidnapped last month by South Sudanese gunmen have been released, the Ethiopian government announced Tuesday, with negotiations underway to free dozens of others.

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U.S. Aid Ship Docks with Food for Sudan War Zones

Dockers began unloading tens of thousands of tonnes of food from a U.S. aid ship on Thursday destined for war-torn areas of Sudan, an AFP correspondent reported.

The bulk carrier Liberty Grace docked in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast with a cargo of 40,500 tonnes of sorghum, a staple food in Sudan.

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Sudan Says Has 'Sovereign Rights' in Dispute with Egypt

Sudan insisted on Monday it had "sovereign rights" over two border territories whose ownership has been the subject of a long-standing dispute between Cairo and Khartoum.

Sudan has regularly protested at Egypt's administration of Halayeb and Shalatin near the Red Sea, saying they are part of its sovereign territory since shortly after independence in 1956.

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