Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said Tuesday that he would not accept South Sudan voting for independence in a forthcoming referendum, as negotiations on the oil-region border region of Abyei stalled.
In his opening speech at the Arab-African summit in Sirte, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that an independent South Sudan would "be a disease" that could "spread to all of Africa". A vote on the issue is scheduled for January 2011.
Envoys from all 15 members of the UN Security Council head to Sudan on Wednesday to show support for a scheduled Jan. 9, 2011 referendum on secession for Southern Sudan amid fears of a unilateral declaration of independence sparking new violence.
Israel has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of illegal immigrants arriving from Africa. Some of the new arrivals are pushing to be granted refugee status, fleeing persecution and war back home. But the Israeli government has been caught off guard by the sudden influx - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a "threat to the Jewish character" of the country.
Following last month’s elections, when he was elected leader of the semi-autonomous southern region, Salva Kiir (pictured) was sworn in as president at a ceremony in Juba Friday. All eyes now are on a referendum set for Jan. 2011.
At least 55 people were killed Sunday after fighting broke out between the South Sudan army and Arab nomads from western Darfur. Southern military commanders have accused the northern-based central government army of starting the clashes.
Following Darfur's tragedy, concern has now turned to South Sudan. A peace agreement was signed in 2005 by the north and the south, ending over 20 years of civil war. A referendum is supposed to be held in January 2011. FRANCE 24 met with some Sudanese from the south and discovered fears of a new outburst of violence.
In this edition: spotlight on Sudan after the first multi-party polls in 24 years - France 24's Melissa Bell and Karim Hakiki travelled to South Sudan, a region ravaged by years of civil conflict; as 17 states celebrate 50 years of independence this year, we feature a new series taking a look at the success and challenges of African states; and two skeletons unearthed in South Africa shed new light on human evolution.
Sudan's ruling National Congress Party said nine party members, including a local party president, were targeted in politically motivated killings, as national elections enter their last day. The opposition SPLM denied involvement in the incident.
Sudan's ruling National Congress Party said Wednesday it would offer an "invitation to all parties" to join a coalition government if it is proclaimed winner of elections marred by logistical delays and an opposition boycott.