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Annan Warns Sudan to Stop Darfur Killing

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday demanded speedy prosecution of Sudanese officials and militiamen guilty of crimes against humanity in Darfur, as members of the Security Council came under renewed pressure to put teeth into threats punish those responsible. The push to end what has been labeled the world’s worst humanitarian crisis gained impetus after a U.N. panel released a report Monday that said government-backed militias still were involved in rape, mass killings and wanton destruction in Darfur. The Security Council, and by extension the United Nations, have been dogged by allegations that they are standing by and doing little as thousands of people die in Darfur, the devastated region in western Sudan. Full Story

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