S. Sudan, Sudan fail to agree in talks

Updated 19 January 2013
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S. Sudan, Sudan fail to agree in talks

JUBA, South Sudan: Officials say South Sudan and Sudan have failed to reach an agreement on security arrangements and oil exports after several days of talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The two sides were negotiating the implementation of a safe demilitarized border zone, which called on both Juba and Khartoum to withdraw their armies at least 10 km from the contested border region.
South Sudan’s negotiating team said in a statement yesterday a key sticking point has been the demilitarization of a contested 14-mile strip of land bordering Sudan’s Darfur and South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal states.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 after an independence vote under a 2005 peace treaty that ended decades of war, but disputes remain over their common border and sharing of oil revenues.


UAE: Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

Updated 18 min 55 sec ago
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UAE: Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that Qatari fighter planes had intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
The agency added that the Emirati civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision. 

(Developing)