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At least 39 dead in fighting in Darfur region – Sudan opposition



At least 39 dead in fighting in Darfur region – Sudan opposition

At least 39 people, including women and children, have been killed in violent clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region, according to opposition reports.

Many of the victims had sought refuge under a bridge in the town of Njala and were killed in an airstrike “in one fell swoop,” the opposition Nasserist Social Justice Movement said on X on Tuesday.

The army and the paramilitary militia Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been engaged in heavy fighting for more than four months.

The U.S. State Department expressed “deep concern” about the situation in Njala.

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the town due to violence between the army and RSF, the department said in a statement.

On Monday, de facto president and army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had again ruled out negotiations with the opposing paramilitaries.

An armed conflict erupted in Sudan in mid-April between the army and the rival paramilitary RSF militia.

Former Sudanese vice president Mohammed Hamdan Daglo’s RSF – made up of tens of thousands of fighters that emerged from Arab militias in Darfur – is fighting the armed forces led by the de facto president, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The two generals originally seized power together in 2021 and are now fighting each other.

Neither side has been able to gain the upper hand so far.

Relief agencies warn that the country is heading for a humanitarian catastrophe, and millions of people have fled.

Along with the capital Khartoum, Darfur is particularly hard hit by the clashes.

The region has been the scene of fighting between various ethnic groups and militias and the Sudanese government for decades.

According to experts, Njala is also home to fighters from former rebel groups who previously fought as mercenaries in neighbouring Libya.


IMF/World Bank meetings to hold in Marrakech despite devastating Moroccan earthquake



IMF/World Bank

The managements of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), together with Moroccan authorities have agreed to hold their 2023 Annual Meetings in Marrakech despite recent devastating earthquake in the country.

This is contained in a joint statement signed by World Bank President, Ajay Banga; IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva; and Kingdom of Morocco Minister of Economy and Finance, Nadia Fettah Alaoui.

They however said that the meetings, scheduled between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15, would hold by “adapting the content to the circumstances”.

“Since the devastating earthquake in Morocco on Sept. 8, the World Bank and the IMF staff have worked in close coordination with the Moroccan authorities and a team of experts to thoroughly assess Marrakech’s capacity to host the 2023 Annual Meetings.

“In undertaking this assessment, key considerations were that the meetings would not disrupt vital relief and reconstruction efforts, and that the safety of the participants can be assured.

“Based on a careful review of the findings, the Managements of the World Bank and IMF, together with the Moroccan authorities, have agreed to proceed with holding the 2023 Annual Meetings in Marrakech from October 9 to 15,” they said.

According to them, the meetings would be conducted in a way that does not hamper the relief efforts, and respects the victims and Moroccan people.

“At this very difficult time, we believe that the annual meetings also provide an opportunity for the international community to stand by Morocco and its people, who have once again shown resilience in the face of tragedy.

“We also remain committed to ensuring the safety of all participants,” they said.

The World Bank plays a key role in the global efforts to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

Working in more than 100 countries, the bank provides financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development.

The IMF is a global organisation that works to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for all of its 190 member countries.

It does so by supporting economic policies that promote financial stability and monetary cooperation, which are essential to increasing productivity, job creation, and economic well-being.

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Zelensky among leaders arriving in New York for high-level UN summit



Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is among the world leaders descending on New York on Monday as the United Nations prepares to kick off a high-level summit.

The summit is aimed at rescuing its largely ignored Sustainable Development Goals for economic growth.

The UN General Assembly in New York, would formally start on Tuesday and will last a week.

It is set to focus on dusting off its 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at avoiding poverty, hunger, poor education and poor health care, among other things.

In 2015, the countries of the world set themselves these central goals for global development with the key aim of ending hunger and extreme poverty by 2030.

However, the pandemic, the Ukraine war and a debt crisis in poor countries are among the setbacks that have left the UN well off its target.

According to the UN, if things continue as they are, 575 million people will still be living in great poverty and more than 600 million in hunger in 2030.

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