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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Khaled Abdelaziz, "Sudan's Bashir threatens more expulsions in Darfur," Alertnet/Reuters, March 8, 2009.

EL FASHER, Sudan, March 8 (Reuters) - Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir threatened on Sunday to expel diplomats and more aid groups, brandishing a sword at a Darfur rally days after a Hague court issued a warrant for him for war crimes.

Sudan has already closed 13 foreign and three local aid groups saying they helped the International Criminal Court (ICC), which last week issued the arrest warrant for Bashir over charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

  The expelled groups, including Oxfam and Save the Children, have denied helping the court and warned the closure of their programmes will have a devastating impact on hundreds of thousands of Sudanese people in Darfur and beyond.

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