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June 10, 2023

Reuters: Expelled US aid groups in talks over Darfur. Three U.S. aid groups expelled from Sudan three months ago are in talks to send new teams back into the country, relief workers said on Tuesday. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered 13 foreign aid agencies to leave north Sudan in March after the International Criminal Court indicted him for war crimes in the western Darfur region. Although agencies have denied working with the ICC, Sudan has repeatedly said it will not allow them to return. However, analysts say a flurry of diplomatic activity by Washington, including visits by Senator John Kerry and U.S. special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration, has made progress. Mercy Corps, an Oregon-based group which had large operations in Darfur and the volatile Abyei region claimed by both north and south Sudan, said it was discussing sending in new teams under the flag of Mercy Corps Scotland, an affiliated Edinburgh-based charity. "There are ongoing negotiations with the Sudanese government, but nothing has been finalised as yet," said a spokesman for Mercy Corps Scotland. "We're hopeful an agreement can be reached as soon as possible." Several aid sources said the expelled U.S. operations of CARE and Save the Children were also in talks with officials to bring new teams into north Sudan, via branches of their organisations affiliated to other countries.

Dow Jones: Fidelity Faces More Votes On Anti-Genocide Investing. Investors in several Fidelity Investments' mutual funds will have an opportunity next month to vote on a proposal from an outside group that aims to prevent investments in companies linked to genocide. This year, the July 15 vote planned for 13 Fidelity funds will come a couple weeks after votes planned for 30 funds at Vanguard Group. Investors Against Genocide is also aiming for a vote in early August for at least one fund at American Funds, which is a unit of Capital Group Cos. The activist group wants mutual fund companies to disengage from investing in a handful of companies - most notably PetroChina Co. (PTR) and its parent China National Petroleum Corp. - that have links with the government in Sudan, where the U.S. has called militia attacks in the Darfur region a genocide. "We want them to make a commitment to their customers and prospective customers that they don't invest in genocide," said Eric Cohen, co-founder and chairperson of Investors Against Genocide, in an interview.

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