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Sudan boils again

As per the January referendum, Southern Sudan is going to be an independent country on July 9, 2011. However, on May 19, 2011, fi ghting broke out among northern and southern forces in the region when the former accused the latter of ambushing a UN convoy carrying its troops. In retaliation, northern troops attacked and took control of Abyei (much disputed region between the two sides), a move condemned by the UN as a breach of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Both the forces want to control Abyei. The confl ict is now threatening to turn into a full-fl edged war, endangering the peace agreement that was signed in 2005.

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