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UN says 380 killed in Sudan’s tribal clashes between January, August

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The United Nations says about 380 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Sudan between January and August, with most of the casualties recorded in the Darfur region which has witnessed a series of conflicts lasting several years.

In a statement on Wednesday, the United Nations humanitarian agency said more than 430 people were injured during the same period, as violent attacks recorded was 224 in 12 provinces of the country’s 18 provinces.

The agency said most of the tribal clashes have been between the Arab and non-Arab tribes, which have around 177,340 people displaced from their homes.

The report added that in West Darfur province which has remained the epicenter of attacks, more that 145 people have lost their lives in over 76 clashes, with 156 others injured.

It, however, said the figure did not include 23 people who were recently killed when tribal fighting renewed earlier this month in the Blue Nile Province.

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Nigerian labour union mobilises state chapters for ‘total strike’ that will shut down nation

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The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it has mobilised all state chapters and affiliate unions of the Congress to embark on a “total strike” on Tuesday “that will not only shut down the country but will paralyse economic activities in the nation.”

The union, arising from a press conference on Saturday, said it had resolved to embark on the nationwide strike following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum issued the Federal Government to provide palliatives to cushion the pains associated with the recent fuel subsidy removal which they claim the government has failed to fulfil.

The organised labour had last week, carried out a two-day warning strike to press home its demands, and after the warning strike, gave the government a 21-day ultimatum within which to meet its demands.

And with the expiration of the ultimatum last Friday, the NLC says it has scheduled an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council for Tuesday at noon after which the strike will commence.

A notice of the meeting issued by the NLC General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, mandated the Presidents, General Secretaries and Treasurers of its affiliates to mobilise their chapters for “mother of all strikes.”

Speaking on behalf of the state chapters of the NLC, Chairman of the Zamfara State chapter, Sani Halliru, said the state was ready to embark on a strike action if the national body of the union gave a directive to that effect.

“We in Zamfara State are only waiting for the directive and I am assuring you that, as soon as we receive it, we will join the strike.

“We will shut down the state as soon as we are given the go-ahead to embark on strike action. I was part of the meeting. So, I see no reason why I should not join the strike if I receive a directive from the national body of our great union.”

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Sudan War: Gen. Al-Burhan says he’s ready for peace talks

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Sudan’s Army Chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan says he is now open for peace talks that could bring the war in the country to an end.

Before the surprise announcement on Friday, Al-Burhan had maintained a non-compromising stance and had refused all entreaties to enter into negotiations with his former number two man and main rival, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the leader of the Rapid Support Force (RSF).

However, Al-Burhan, in a statement in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said he had not sought military support on a recent regional tour and that his preference was for a peaceful solution to the conflict that has killed thousands and displaced millions of civilians.

“Every war ends in peace, whether through negotiations or force. We are proceeding on those two paths, and our preferred path is the path of negotiations,” Al-Burhan said.

Al-Burhan added that he believed that talks by Saudi Arabia and the United States in Jeddah which were stalled could still succeed.

In recent weeks, Al-Burhan has made a series of foreign visits after remaining holed up in Sudan for the first few months of the war, often sending representatives for talks.

In one of his visits to Cairo, Egypt, the Army Chief had said the purpose was to seek solutions and not military support, though he had asked other states to block external help that he claimed the RSF was receiving.

“We asked our neighbors to help us monitor the borders to stop the flow of mercenaries,” he had said.

The Sudan war which broke out between the army and the RSF in April 15 over plans for a political transition and the integration of the RSF into the army, has seen thousands of civilians killed and millions of others forced to flee the country.

Several ceasefire agreements entered into by the warring factions have been breached with both sides trading blames on their culpability, while previous claims by both sides that they want peace have failed to stop bloodshed.

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