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Sudan embargo shows crack

The Bush administration moved one step closer Tuesday to lifting an arms embargo against Sudan, even as it decried the government’s role in blocking relief efforts for a huge humanitarian crisis sparked by continuing Sudanese military attacks against civilians. Secretary of State Colin Powell removed Sudan from a list of countries that cannot receive U.S. arms because they have failed to cooperate with the U.S. on international terrorism. He formally notified Congress of that decision with the publication Tuesday morning of a notice in the Federal Register. Sudan’s removal from the so-called non-cooperative list moves it closer to having the arms embargo lifted, though that cannot happen until its name also is taken off a separate list of state sponsors of terrorism. The U.S. government maintains the two lists to pressure nations that either maintain formal ties with terrorist groups or do not do enough to help the U.S. go after them. Full Story

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