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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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Up to 500,000 May Flee Sudan Fighting to South Sudan

Up to half a million starving refugees could flee violence in Sudan within months, sparking a massive food crisis in newly independent South Sudan, the U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) has warned.

WFP's Deputy Executive Director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said relief agencies were preparing for the worst, with Sudan's government in Khartoum blocking emergency aid into border regions where it is battling rebel forces.

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Beijing Says Sudan Rebels Still Hold 29 Chinese Workers

Twenty-nine Chinese workers described as hostages by Sudan's military are in good shape and will be released when the security situation allows, their rebel captors told Agence France Presse on Monday.

"They are okay. They are doing well," said Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan state.

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Gunmen 'Armed' by Khartoum Kill 40 in South Sudan

South Sudan on Monday accused its former foes in the Khartoum government of arming gunmen who killed over 40 people in a cattle raid, as the U.N. warned tensions between the two sides risk regional peace.

"A militia group from Unity state penetrated into Warrap state... and attacked people in a cattle camp, killing over 40," said Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya, the latest wave of violence in the world's newest nation.

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U.N. Chief Says Sudan Oil Row Threat to Regional Security

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday that a furious row between Sudan and South Sudan threatened regional security.

Ban said both Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir lacked the "political will" to tackle border and oil disputes since the South seceded last July.

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Sudan Rebels Say they Captured 29 Chinese Workers, 9 SAF Members

Rebels in Sudan's South Kordofan state have captured 29 Chinese workers after a battle with government forces, a spokesman for the insurgents said on Sunday.

Nine members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) were also being held, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), told Agence France Presse.

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Benin’s President Elected New African Union Chairman

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman Sunday, taking over the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, officials said.

"I want to congratulate the new chairman of the African Union... Boni Yayi," said Obiang, the outgoing chairman, speaking after the official announcement at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.

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Bashir, Kiir Meet in Ethiopia over Sudan Oil Row

Sudan and South Sudan's presidents met for talks Friday hosted by an East African peace bloc, to resolve an oil dispute between the two former foes that is threatening fresh violence.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the former rebel turned South Sudanese President Salva Kiir met in the Ethiopian capital, a week after the South ordered a production shutdown, accusing Khartoum of stealing its oil.

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Key Darfur Rebel Group Says New Leader Chosen

A key rebel group in Sudan's troubled Darfur region said on Thursday it has chosen a one-time university professor to head the movement after his brother, the former leader, was killed last month.

At a two-day meeting in South Kordofan state, the Justice and Equality Movement selected Gibril Ibrahim to replace his brother Khalil, the group's spokesman Gibril Adam Bilal told AFP.

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Sudan Rejects Aid 'Corridor' for War-Torn States

Sudan on Friday rejected any plan for an aid "corridor" to war-torn southern states after the United States warned of a possible "horrific" famine affecting civilians in the area.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Tuesday the Security Council "would have to review a variety of other options" to get food to people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states if famine breaks out.

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