Major headlines coming out of Syria, Burma, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and South Sudan.

Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.

Sudan and South Sudan

Beja Congress joins Sudan Revolutionary Front—Radio Dabanga

“The Beja Congress, a Sudanese armed opposition group, announced on Tuesday that they had joined the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF)…” (More)

Sudan’s Nuba refugees stuck on border, lack aid—AFP

“Bilal Issa Johar is one of around 25,000 people who fled Sudan’s South Kordofan state and sought refuge across the border, in the newly independent south, after fighting erupted in June and his village near Kadugli was bombed. But then, last Thursday, an Antonov aircraft flew in from the north and dropped five bombs in and around Yida, according to the United Nations, terrifying the residents and causing international outrage…” (More)

Sudan downplays report of new ICC warrant, suggests it is not Darfur related—Sudan Tribune

“The Sudanese government downplayed reports that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon file a new case with the judges against defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein…” (More)

China pledges to boost military cooperation with Sudan—Sudan Tribune

“Chinese defense minister Liang Guanglie pledged on Wednesday to develop military cooperation with Sudan saying it is an important part of bilateral relations between the two countries…” (More)

Egyptian Islamist group admits sending fighters to South Sudan during civil war years—Sudan Tribune

“A leading figure in an Egyptian Islamist group revealed in an interview that they sent some of their members to fight with the Sudanese army during the civil war years…” (More)

Washington urges resumption of peace talks for peace in Darfur—Sudan Tribune
“At the end of a two-day workshop on peace in Darfur held in Washington on Wednesday, the US Administration called for the resumption of talks for a negotiated settlement between Khartoum and the non signatory rebels…” (More)

Yasser Arman lashes out at UN—Radio Dabanga

“The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) expressed regret on Wednesday over the United Nations’ reaction to the formation of Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF)…” (More)

South Sudan: Four Killed, Five Wounded in Rebels Attack in Pigi County—The Citizen (on allAfrica.com)

“The militia forces suspected to be George Athor loyalists yesterday launched an attack on three villages in Pigi County, Jongeli state killing about four civilians and wounding five with a lot of huts burned down and numerous cattle looted…” (More)

UN mission confirms South Sudan bombing—Radio Dabanga

“A special United Nations mission verified on Tuesday last week’s attack on South Sudan’s Ida refugee camp…” (More)

Sudan’s Bashir expected to dissolve cabinet Thursday—Sudan Tribune

“The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will likely dissolve the cabinet on Thursday in preparation for the formation of a new one…” (More)

 

Syria

Violence grows in Syria—Washington Post

“Unrest was continuing in Syria as activists Wednesday claimed army defectors killed more soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad…” (More)

Russia compares Syria violence to ‘civil war’—Al Jazeera

“Russia has warned that the situation in Syria is starting to resemble a civil war after an attack by Syrian army defectors on a Damascus air force base, urging the Arab League to call on all sides to halt violence…” (More)

Arab League threatens sanctions on Syria—Christian Science Monitor

“A day after the Arab League formally suspended Syria’s membership, the regional bloc has thrown down another ultimatum: End the violence and allow international observers into Syria in the next three days, or face economic sanctions…” (More)

 

Burma

Obama Uses Asia-Pacific Trip to Nudge Burma Toward More Reform—Voice of America

“U.S. President Barack Obama has again used a major Asia trip to nudge Burma’s  government toward more rapid reforms.  President Obama’s remarks calling for further concrete progress in Burma came during an address in Australia about regional security, economic and political progress in the region…” (More)

Burma to chair Association of South-East Asian Nations—Guardian

“Burma has taken a significant step away from years of international isolation after fellow south-east Asian nations awarded it the rotating chair of a major regional organisation – a reward for tentative reforms by its military-dominated leadership…” (More)

Burma calls on US to abandon sanctions—Herald Sun

“BURMA’s government, in the first extended interview with a major Western news organisation in years, called for the US to recognize its recent string of reforms and abandon economic sanctions that is says are hurting its ability to open up further…” (More)

 

Libya

UK says its intelligence thwarted attack on Libyan rebel leadership, Westerners in Benghazi—Washington Post

“British intelligence agencies foiled an attack on the leadership of Libya’s National Transitional Council and Western representatives by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday…” (More)

New Libyan Government Wants Its Stanford Money Back—CNBC

“With the global financial crisis bearing down on him in late-January, 2009, financier Allen Stanford traveled to Libya in search of a lifeline—money from the Gaddafi regime, whose sovereign wealth funds had been investing with Stanford for some time…” (More)

 

Yemen

Qatar presses Yemen’s Saleh on power transfer deal—Reuters

“Qatar pressed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday to sign a power transfer deal “without delay” after prolonged protests against his rule, and a U.N. envoy on a mission to resolve the crisis met opposition leaders in Sanaa. Saleh has repeatedly backed out of signing the accord first proposed by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in April to help defuse an uprising that has brought the impoverished Arab country to the verge of civil war…” (More)

Time For Transition In Yemen—Voice of America

“Violence continues to rock the impoverished Gulf state of Yemen. For the past ten months a popular uprising seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been underway in Yemen. Pro-Saleh forces regularly engage in deadly clashes with armed tribesmen and military defectors who support the protesters in Yemen’s largest cities…” (More)

Seven killed in Yemen’s north—AFP

“Seven people have been killed in Yemen’s north, where Shiite rebel influence is expanding in the wake of a central government weakened by months of mass protests, tribal sources said on Wednesday. In a separate incident, a government intelligence officer was gunned down in Aden, the largest city in the south, police said…” (More)

China Supports Int’l Community’s Efforts in Resolving Yemen Crisis …—CRIENGLISH.com

“China on Thursday said it supports the international community’s efforts in peacefully resolving the crisis in Yemen…” (More)

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