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AFP: Sudan accuses Chad of Darfur air raids. Sudan accused Chad on Thursday of launching air raids on its western region of Darfur, an area believed to be the base of Chadian opposition rebels, state media reported. The Sudan Media Center website, which is considered close to the intelligence services, reported that two Chadian planes had raided the Umm Dukhun area of Western Darfur on Thursday. The website, quoting senior military officials, said there were no causalities but that the Sudanese army was on "standby" and waiting for "the green light for retaliation".

Reuters: Chad launches air raid on Sudan-state media. Chadian aircraft launched an air raid inside Sudanese territory on Thursday, days after reports the countries were planning reconciliation talks, Sudanese state media reported. The Sudanese Media Center quoted a senior army officer saying two aircraft attacked land in the Sudanese state of West Darfur on Thursday morning -- the fourth reported Chadian raid on Sudan in two months. "The army is ready and just waiting for instructions to retaliate," army chief of staff Lieutenant-General Muhammad Nasr al-Din was quoted as saying, adding that there were no casualties. Relations between the two countries have become entangled in Sudan's festering Darfur conflict and each country has accused the other of supporting rebels inside its borders.

Reuters: Sudan's former foes remain divided after talks: official. Former foes from Sudan's north-south civil war have agreed on measures to prevent clashes over a contested oil area, but remain divided on other disputes after two days of talks, one of the parties said on Friday. Political tensions are rising in Sudan in the build up to a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague next week on the boundaries of Abyei, a central Sudanese region close to oil fields claimed by both the north and the south. Abyei's borders were among a number of divisive issues left unresolved in a 2005 peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war between Sudan's government and the south's dominant Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). Forces from both sides have clashed in Abyei since the agreement and analysts have warned remaining disputes between the two sides could still drag the region back to conflict if left unresolved. Any return to civil war would have a devastating impact on the surrounding region, Sudan itself and the country's oil industry.

UPI: Poll: Muslim support for Bashir shaky. Public opinion in Muslim nations and Africa supports the controversial indictment of Sudan's president, a poll released Wednesday indicates. The survey conducted in seven nations with majority Muslim populations found that four of those nations favored the indictment of Omar Hassan al-Bashir filed by the International Criminal Court over Sudan's tactics in Darfur. Bashir's indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity and accompanying arrest warrant has been condemned by the African Union, Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference.

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