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Darfur Rebels Split Over Secular State Demands

Darfur’s main rebel group insisted on Sunday religion and state should be separated in Sudan, a demand rejected by Khartoum and which has divided the two rebel groups at peace talks in Nigeria. The rebel movements negotiating with Sudan’s Islamist government to try to end the 20-month-old conflict in Darfur have been unable to come up with a common political framework, presenting separate documents to mediators instead. The United Nations says 70,000 people have died of disease and malnutrition in Darfur since March. There are no reliable figures for those killed by the fighting, which Washington calls genocide and the U.N. says has displaced 1.6 million people.Full Story

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