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UN Official: Access in Darfur Vital to Rape Investigation

A senior U.N. official said Thursday that further investigation was required into an allegation of mass rape in Sudan’s north Darfur region last month. U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council that due in part to the heavy presence of Sudanese soldiers and police during a fact-finding mission’s visit to Thabit on Nov. 9, further investigation was necessary to verify allegations that 200 women and girls were raped there by Sudanese troops the last two days of...

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