Armed men abduct four Chinese workers in Sudan’s Darfur

Updated 14 January 2013
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Armed men abduct four Chinese workers in Sudan’s Darfur

KHARTOUM: Unknown armed men have kidnapped four Chinese workers in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, the state news agency SUNA said on Sunday.
The assailants abducted the Chinese — one engineer and three drivers — together with five Sudanese colleagues late on Saturday near Al-Fasher in North Darfur, SUNA said, adding that all had been working for a Chinese road company.
Authorities were chasing the kidnappers with 18 military vehicles, SUNA said, without giving further details.
Law and order has collapsed in most of the vast, arid Darfur region since mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the government in Khartoum, which they accuse of neglecting and marginalizing them.
Gunmen often kidnap foreigners in Darfur to demand a ransom for their release.
In January 2012, rebels in Sudan’s main oil-producing state of South Kordofan kidnapped 29 Chinese workers. They were released almost two weeks later.


UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

Updated 23 April 2018
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UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

  • The statement comes just weeks before Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement

GENEVA: The top UN disarmament official urged parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday not to abandon it, just weeks before US President Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement.

“We hope that all of its participants remain fully committed to its implementation and long-term preservation,” UN High representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told a UN nuclear non-proliferation conference, hours before Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold talks in Washington.

Meanwhile. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump on Sunday to stick with the Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no better option. 

Trump has demanding that signatories to the deal agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.