Tuesday, September 26, 2006

WORLD IN BRIEF - washingtonpost.com

WORLD IN BRIEF - washingtonpost.com:

"The African Union will add 4,000 troops to its Darfur peacekeeping mission, bolstering the 7,000 poorly funded and ill-equipped A.U. forces monitoring a battered cease-fire, an A.U. official said Monday.

The move came as international pressure on Sudan rises to allow a force of 20,000 U.N. troops into Darfur to replace the current A.U. contingent.

An estimated 200,000 people have died in Darfur since violence flared in 2003, and 2.5 million have been displaced in the fighting among government forces, rebels and militias.

Also, Qatar's U.N. ambassador, Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, said about $50 million had been raised for the force by Arab nations, out of a target of $100 million."

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