Sudan Briefing: 2012-01-16

January 16 2012: Following the independence of South Sudan, Insight on Conflict will be producing a weekly round-up of the news. To subscribe to receive the updates via email, please contact joel@insightonconflict.org.

Following the independence of South Sudan, Insight on Conflict will be producing a weekly round-up of the news. To subscribe to receive the updates via email, please contact joel@insightonconflict.org or complete the form below.

News roundup

News in detail

South Sudan

BBC: South Sudan clashes: Murles exact revenge in Jonglei
13 Jan: Some 57 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in a revenge attack in South Sudan, officials say. Read more

AFP: Renewed South Sudan clashes kill at least 24
9 Jan: Renewed tribal clashes in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state have killed at least 24 people, days after a cattle vendetta rattled the stability of the world’s newest state, officials said Monday. Read more

AFP: UN warns South Sudan of multiple crises
10 Jan: South Sudan faces challenges of “huge dimensions” as the world’s newest nation struggles to support hundreds of thousands of people returning home or fleeing violence, the UN refugee chief said on Tuesday. Read more

Washington Post: Obama sending 5 US military officers to South Sudan amid outbreaks of ethnic violence
10 Jan: President Barack Obama is sending five American military officers to South Sudan amid recent outbreaks of violence in the newly independent African nation. Read more

AFP: 13 dead in tribal revenge attacks in South Sudan – government
15 Jan: Almost one hundred people were killed in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state last week, with the government on Sunday reporting 13 more deaths as a cattle vendetta between two tribes grips the new nation. Read more

North-South relations

Reuters: South Sudan says Sudan blocking its oil exports
11 Jan: South Sudan has accused the Sudanese government of blocking 3.4 million barrels of its crude oil exports, diverting over half a million barrels to its refineries and building a pipeline to keep diverting its oil. Read more

Reuters: Sudan says taking some South Sudan oil and won’t close pipe
15 Jan: Sudan said on Sunday it has started confiscating some oil exports from South Sudan that it believes it is owed to meet unpaid transit fees, but will not shut down a pipeline carrying the southern state’s oil. Read more

AFP: Bids open on Sudan oil blocks amid South Sudan row
15 Jan: International oil companies gathered on Sunday to study six exploration blocks that Sudan opened for bidding ahead of talks aimed at resolving a long-running oil fee dispute with South Sudan. Read more

Darfur

AFP: UN says Sudan government blocking Darfur patrols
12 Jan: The United Nations said on Wednesday that the Sudanese government is “severely” restricting movements by peacekeepers in Darfur, where fresh clashes have broken out and peace talks are deadlocked. Read more

Sudan Tribune: Bashir establishes two states in Darfur and reshuffles governors
10 Jan: Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Tuesday issued three decrees creating two new states and appointing new governors in the country’s western region of Darfur. Read more

Sudan

AFP: Independent Sudan paper to shut down
13 Jan: Sudanese authorities have ordered an independent daily newspaper to suspend publication, its editor said on Friday, in the latest government action against the press and activists. Read more

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