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October 4, 2006

Sudanese authorities hold journalist incommunicado

A Sudanese journalist specialising in the war-torn Darfur region has been held incommunicado for five days without charge, journalists said on Wednesday. Abu Obeida Aballah covered the Darfur peace talks in Nigeria, forging contacts with many rebels there. Since a May peace deal, signed by only one of three negotiating rebel groups, violence has escalated with a dozen aid workers killed and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes. "This is the fifth day he is in detention," said Kamal... MORE
September 12, 2006

Man claims beheading of Sudan editor for al Qaeda

A man purporting to lead an African branch of the al Qaeda militant network claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the beheading of a Sudanese newspaper editor who was found dead last week. The man, in a statement distributed to Sudanese newspapers, called editor Mohamed Taha a "dog of dogs from the ruling party", and accused him of insulting the prophet Mohammad. "Three individuals from this organisation undertook this operation ... and they are now outside Sudan", said the statement, a copy of... MORE
September 11, 2006

Sudan gives in, releases American journalist

American journalist Paul Salopek was released Saturday from a prison in the war-torn Darfur region where he was held for more than a month on espionage charges, news agencies reported. A judge in the North Darfur capital of al-Fasher released the Chicago Tribune journalist and his Chadian driver and interpreter after a 13-minute hearing. FREE AND BACK: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, right, and Chicago Tribune journalist Paul Salopek walk across the tarmac at Cutter Aviation in Albuquerque... MORE