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Violent Demo by ex-Sudanese Military from South

Sacked South Sudanese members of the Sudanese military pelted motorists and police with stones and blocked traffic on Wednesday to protest delays in their severance pay, witnesses said.

About 100 protesters gathered on Africa Road, a major artery in the Sudanese capital, shouting "We want our rights!"

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Khartoum Air Strike Hits South Sudan, Breaking Pact

Sudanese warplanes dropped several bombs wounding four soldiers in a contested area claimed by South Sudan, two days after agreeing to a non-aggression pact, Juba's military spokesman said Tuesday.

"Sudanese Armed Forces airplanes bombed the Jau area in Unity state on Sunday, wounding four of our soldiers," South Sudanese army spokesman Philip Aguer told Agence France Presse.

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Sudan Says 'Heavy' Rebel Losses in Blue Nile

Two days of fresh fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile state have left "heavy losses" among rebel troops, the army said on Saturday, without giving casualty figures for either side.

The combat occurred west of Dindiro, some 100 kilometers southwest of the state capital of Ed Damazin, said Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad.

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HRW: S. Sudan Must Arrest Killers to Stop Conflict

South Sudan must honor promises to investigate, arrest and prosecute those responsible for an explosion of bloody ethnic violence in war-wracked Jonglei state, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

"To stem this horrific cycle of violence, the organizers have to be held to account," said Daniel Bekele, HRW's Africa director, adding U.N. and African bodies should help for "speed and credibility’s sake."

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Amnesty: Chinese, Russian Arms Fueling Darfur Abuse

Chinese-made bullets and aircraft bought from Russia are used to commit rights violations in Sudan's Darfur under an ineffective U.N. arms embargo, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

The London-based rights watchdog aired similar concerns five years ago but its latest report comes after "a new wave of fighting" between opposition groups and government forces over the past year.

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Chinese Workers Freed in Sudan, Flown to Kenya

A group of Chinese workers "kidnapped" by rebels in southern Sudan 11 days ago have been freed and flown to Kenya, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"The Sudanese authorities allowed a Red Cross plane to take them from Kauda to Nairobi ... this Tuesday morning where they were given to the Chinese embassy there," the statement said.

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Bashir Says Sudan 'Closer to War than Peace' with South

Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said on national television Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions.

"The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace," he said.

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Dozens Dead in Shootout at S. Sudan Peace Meeting

Dozens of people were killed in South Sudan during a shootout at a peace meeting to resolve disputes about stolen cattle, with some reports claiming as many as 37 people died, officials said Friday.

"These guys just started shooting everywhere," said Gideon Gatpan Thoar, Unity state information minister, reporting 37 people killed in Wednesday's attack.

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All 25 Chinese Workers Kidnapped by Egyptian Bedouins Freed

China said Wednesday that 25 Chinese workers kidnapped by Egyptian Bedouins demanding the release of their Islamist relatives had been released.

The incident comes days after 29 Chinese nationals in Sudan were captured by rebels who attacked their camp in the volatile South Kordofan state, where they were involved in a road-building project. They have still not been released.

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29 Abducted Chinese still Being Held as China Sends Team to Sudan

None of the 29 Chinese workers abducted after an attack in a volatile region of Sudan have been freed, Chinese state media said Tuesday, dismissing reports that some of the workers had been released.

The workers were abducted Saturday by militants in a remote region in the country's south. Sudanese state media reported Monday that 14 of them had been freed, but the official Xinhua News Agency and China Daily newspaper said all 29 were still being held.

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