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Blue Nile, South Kordofan and Abyei

Reuters: Sudan army says it has seized rebel-held area in border state 11 Feb: Sudan's armed forces said on Saturday they had seized an area held by rebels after a battle lasting two days in the border state of Blue Nile where fighting has been raging for five months. Read more

AFP: $145m UN appeal for Sudan refugees 10 Feb: The UN refugee agency said on Friday it needs $145 million (110 million euros) in extra funds to help thousands fleeing fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Read more

North-South relations

BBC: Sudan and South Sudan sign peace pact, says Thabo Mbeki 11 Feb: Sudan and South Sudan have signed a non-aggression pact, the chief mediator at crisis talks between the two says. Read more

AFP: Sudan, South Sudan sign returnees deal - agency 12 Feb: Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Sunday to cooperate in the transfer of more than 300,000 people to the South, the official SUNA news agency said. Read more

Reuters: Trafigura deals in disputed Sudanese oil 08 Feb: Swiss-based commodities trader Trafigura has bought oil which the South Sudanese government claims was seized by Sudan, industry sources told Reuters, and is now in a legal dispute over ownership. Read more

South Sudan

CNN: UN warns of food crisis in South Sudan 08 Feb: Less than a week after the United Nations declared an end to the famine in Somalia, a new report from the world body says millions of people in South Sudan will now face hunger if urgent action is not taken. Read more

AFP: South Sudan signs oil pipeline deal to Djibouti via Ethiopia 09 Feb: South Sudan has signed an agreement to build an oil pipeline to the port of Djibouti via neighbouring Ethiopia, officials said on Thursday, after Juba shut down its only export route via former foe Sudan. Read more

Africa Review: South Sudan halts printing of local currency 11 Feb: South Sudan has stopped printing of its local currency to avoid devaluation, in the wake of the shutdown of oil production due to squabbles with Sudan. Read more

Reuters: South Sudan oil output at risk in 2012 - IEA 10 Feb: South Sudanese oil output could remain absent from world markets in the near future, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, as the country struggles to reach a revenue-sharing agreement with its northern neighbour. Read more

VOA: South Sudan businesses fear oil shutdown fallout 08 Feb: When South Sudan decided to shut down its oil production to protest against alleged injustices from the north, the country was also cutting off 98 per cent of its revenue. Businessmen in the south are particularly concerned about the economic consequences of the shutdown. Read more


Reuters: Sudan inflation rises to 19.3% in December, driven by food 07 Feb: Annual inflation in Sudan accelerated to 19.3 per cent in January, from 18.9 per cent in December, as food costs rose, the government said on Tuesday. Read more

Reuters: Sudan's currency hits low as oil row hits economy 06 Feb: Sudan's currency fell to a record low on the black market on Monday as people rushed to convert their savings into dollars, fearing a dispute with South Sudan over oil revenues could worsen the country's economic crisis. Read more


BBC: Darfur Regional Authority launched 08 Feb: Sudan's president has launched a body intended to kick-start development in the war-torn western region of Darfur. Read more

VOA: Rights group criticizes Russia and China for supplying Sudan with weapons 09 Feb: Amnesty International says that weapons from Russia and China are being used by the Sudanese government to commit serious human rights violations against civilians. Read more