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Brutal Conflict in Sudan Brings Warnings by Bush and Annan

conflict raging in Sudan came under heightened international scrutiny yesterday as President Bush called on the government there to rein in militias and the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, raised the alarm about reported atrocities. The timing of Mr. Annan’s comments made them particularly pointed. Ten years ago, when Mr. Annan was the United Nations’ peacekeeping chief, ethnic Hutu combatants killed up to 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. The massacres have come to symbolize the world’s failure to avert mass killings of shocking proportions. Yesterday, Mr. Annan used a commemoration of the 1994 events to draw attention to the western Darfur region of Sudan, where the country’s latest civil war has pushed an estimated 100,000 civilians west across the desert border into Chad. Full Story

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