The government also plans to disarm all militias in the region
"This travel warning contradicts the reality on the ground because US, British and other diplomats have visited Darfur, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan...
President Omar al-Bashir was to make the declaration at a ceremony in the North Darfur state capital El Fasher to be attended by Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim...
A report by UN and AU recommends that UNAMID's mandate be extended by another year
Deployed in 2007, UNAMID has a mandate to curb violence in Darfur, a region the size of France.
The attack on Monday came just hours after a senior international mediator working on resolving the conflict said the region was now "stable".
A united Darfur with greater autonomy has long been a demand of ethnic minority insurgents
The three-day vote is expected to maintain the five-state system, which President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party says is more efficient but which observers...
About 103,000 people have sought refuge at four camps set up by the joint UN-African Union UNAMID mission in Darfur
Previously, anyone convicted of causing criminal damage faced either a six-month prison sentence, a fine or 20 lashes
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