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Attack Kills Seven UN Peacekeepers in Darfur

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NYALA, Sudan) -- There has not  yet been a claim of responsibility in what is described as the deadliest attack on United Nations peacekeepers in Darfur. Seven peacekeepers were killed and another 17 U.N. workers were wounded in the attack.

According to BBC News, the attack occurred near a Undamid base at Manawashi, when the peacekeepers were about 16 miles from a second Unamid base at Khar Abeche. Unamid is a joint African Union and United Nations mission.

Officials did not release the names or nationalities of the victims.

The attack was the single deadliest on the international force in Sudan.

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George Clooney in Sudan to Bring Attention to Independence Referendum

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SUDAN, Africa) -- George Clooney is in Sudan, ahead of a week-long referendum that began Sunday and will likely lead to the southern part of the country declaring its independence.

Clooney has been actively involved for years in ending the civil conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, so the elections are important to him.  He tells ABC News, "I get an awful lot of undue attention at times in my life, and I thought I could parlay that, and if I was going to get that kind of attention, I should do it somewhere where people really need the attention."

Clooney says it's important that the referendum not result in more violence.  To that end, his organization Not On Our Watch helped launch a website late last month,, that is monitoring troops in the country.´╗┐

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Sudanese Peace a Top Priority for Obama Administration

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- President Obama’s attention to the upcoming referendums in Sudan is going well beyond a high-profile meeting with movie star George Clooney, say administration officials. With less than 80 days left until the scheduled vote determining whether Africa’s largest country will split in two, senior officials said Friday that peace in Sudan is a top priority for the president.

Voter registration is slated to begin in mid-November for South Sudan’s independence referendum, but a number of issues from the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the 20-year civil war between North and South, still need to be resolved.

Most importantly, talks negotiating a separate referendum for the oil-rich border region of Abyei over whether it would join the North or South have stalled.

The next round of negotiations will take place at the end of this month in Ethiopia, facilitated by a high-level African Union delegation led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said the administration has increased its presence in both North and South Sudan ahead of the vote and also in preparation for its aftermath. If the South votes for independence, which is widely expected, the U.S. will have a diplomatic presence in the new country.

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