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It is a plaster that cannot heal the region's perpetual turmoil

UN's most expensive mission exposed as farcical shambles

Almost six months after the United Nations launched its largest, most expensive and most hyped peacekeeping mission, promising to send 26,000 peacekeepers to Darfur, the operation is failing to protect the people it was sent to save.

Sudan ousts British officer from Darfur peace mission

The struggling United Nations mission in Darfur has suffered a fresh blow after its British chief of staff was forced out by the Sudanese government. Brigadier Patrick Davidson-Houston, the most senior non-African official in the joint UN and African Union mission, said he was "extremely disappointed" to be leaving Darfur just six months into his one-year contract.

A crime that tests our willingness to stop genocide

Imagine a town about the size of Whitstable or Stirling, with a population of about 30,000. One moment it's there and the next it isn't. All that remains of a once bustling community of schools, hospitals, shops, houses and, above all, people is ash, bodies, charred wood and twisted metal. A couple of survivors, or perhaps looters, sift through the debris amid the smoke. It sounds like the stuff of nightmares or horror movies. But this is not the fruit of someone's dark imagination. As The Independent reports today, horror on this scale has been visited on the town of Abyei in southern Sudan.

Rebel raid prompts Sudan to break off Chad relations

Sudan severed relations with Chad yesterday, accusing it of supporting fighters who assaulted the capital the night before, and warned that a top Darfur rebel leader was hiding somewhere in the city.

Darfur rebels poised to take Khartoum

The vicious conflict in Darfur suddenly came to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, yesterday, with fighting reported in the western suburbs of the city.

Steve Bloomfield: We <i>can</i> do much more for Darfur

The West isn't even trying to stop the killing

The Devil Came on Horseback (18)

A sobering and sometimes harrowing documentary about the genocidal massacres in Darfur.

The Clooney conundrum: handsome hero of Hollywood

Liberal campaigner, ladies' man, and yet still one of the boys. As the actor leaves a trail of swooning women across London, John Walsh asks: how does he do it?

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PM pressed to step up Darfur sanctions after fresh wave of violence

Gordon Brown faced pressure to step up international action on Darfur yesterday, amid warnings that a fresh wave of violence has been unleashed against people in the war-torn province.

Sudan restarts Darfur bombing

China, under international pressure to help end the conflict in Darfur, has called on its Sudanese ally to do more to allow foreign peacekeeping troops to deploy to the region.

Sudanese army in Darfur assault

The Sudanese army began an offensive in the mountainous Jabel Moun area yesterday in its latest attempt to reclaim the West Darfur district from insurgents who took up arms five years ago.

Malloch-Brown to pressure Chinese envoy on Darfur

Lord Malloch-Brown, the minister for Africa, will meet Liu Giujin, China's special envoy to Darfur, in London this week to discuss the peace process in Sudan in an attempt to gain Beijing's co-operation on the issue.

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Today, Kosovo becomes only the third new country of the 21st century. Its declaration of independence will be recognised by a majority of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, and by the United States, but not by Russia. Its birth is more contested and difficult even than that of Montenegro in 2006, which was also detached from an unwilling Serbia, or of East Timor in 2002, which was wrested from Indonesia.

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