Pledges mount up for Darfur force

International donors have pledged an extra $200m (£110m) for peacekeeping in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region.

The African Union (AU) has 2,300 troops on the ground and is asking for cash and equipment to build up its force. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a donor conference in Ethiopia that an epic relief effort would be needed if the conflict was not stopped. More than 180,000 people have died in Darfur, and some two million have been forced from their homes.Full Story

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