JUBA/NAIROBI, April 13 (Reuters) – South Sudan said on
Friday it could withdraw its troops from an economically vital
oilfield on the border with Sudan which it seized on Tuesday if
the United Nations deployed neutral forces in the area.
Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan this week has brought
the two closer to a resumption of full-blown conflict after the
south seceded last year under a peace deal that ended decades of
civil war between north and south.
NAIROBI, April 3 (Reuters) – Better surveillance and stiffer
penalties must be imposed to combat rhino poaching in Africa,
which if left unchecked could see the species become extinct in
the wild by 2025, regional conservation officials said on
The world’s rhino population has declined 90 percent since
1970, conservationists estimate. On the African continent, there
are some 20,150 white rhinos that are near threatened and 4,840
black rhinos that are critically endangered.
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, April 2 (Reuters) – South Sudan and
Sudan began talks on Monday aimed at easing military tensions,
but both sides’ continued accusations of attacks by the other
left little hope for a peaceful outcome.
The neighbours have fought repeatedly in the past few days
along the poorly marked 1,800-km (1,200-mile) border, much of it
poorly defined after the south split away in July under a 2005
peace deal that ended decades of civil war.
NAIROBI, April 2 (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Monday
Sudanese forces were still bombing regions in the oil-producing
area straddling their border, but insisted it would not be
dragged into war.
South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin
accused Khartoum of wanting to deter investment in the crucial
oil sector of the country that split from the north in July.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – If Iraqis were hoping that the withdrawal of U.S. forces last year would finally mean the end of war, al Qaeda and its Sunni militant allies are determined to prove otherwise.
Daily bombings and shootings remain an endemic feature of life. In the past three months, al Qaeda-linked fighters have been blamed for attacks that have killed at least 250 people.
BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) – An Iraqi businessman,
trying to cash in on the billions of dollars pouring into the
country from lucrative oil contracts, complains that his biggest
headache is not bomb attacks or sectarian politics but primitive
“Where are the credit cards?” said the businessman, who
represents a foreign automobile company in Iraq and declined to
be identified because of his dealings with the government.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, he noted, credit cards are widely used.
“How far away are we from this development?”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a father doused his three teenage daughters with boiling water and shot them because, he told a court, he suspected they were having sex. Two died.
He said he killed them to defend his honor.
Murder in Iraq can carry a death sentence but under laws that activists say are far too lenient for so-called “honor killings,” the father was jailed for just two years. Medical examinations showed the girls were virgins.
COOLIE CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) – When they see the plight of their Syrian kinsmen across the border, the Sunni tribesmen of western Iraq understand their rage. But with their own experience of civil war still fresh, they want to stop arms from feeding the conflict next door.
Just a few years ago, this part of Iraq was caught in battle between al Qaeda, who used the area as a launchpad for their insurgency, and Sunni tribal leaders who wanted to kick them out.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Escaping the intense bloodletting during the height of Iraq’s sectarian warfare five years ago, Iraqi athlete Adnan Taess has since returned to a much calmer homeland to train for his first Olympics in London.
At the worst of the violence in 2006-2007, athletes dodged sniper bullets at the Jadriya oval track in the heart of Baghdad. Now, groups of athletes race each other as children watch, and older men lazily walk around the track that encircles an uneven grass field.
BAGHDAD, March 1 (Reuters) – Escaping the intense
bloodletting during the height of Iraq’s sectarian warfare five
years ago, Iraqi athlete Adnan Taess has since returned to a
much calmer homeland to train for his first Olympics in London.
At the worst of the violence in 2006-2007, athletes dodged
sniper bullets at the Jadriya oval track in the heart of
Baghdad. Now, groups of athletes race each other as children
watch, and older men lazily walk around the track that encircles
an uneven grass field.