Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Oct. 27: Talks between rebel groups, the Sudanese government, and international mediators aimed at ending the conflict in Darfur began in Sirte, Libya. However, some of the biggest Darfur rebel groups - the faction of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Khalil Ibrahim, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) Unity faction, and the SLA faction led by 'Abd al-Wahed Muhammad el-Nur - boycotted the negotiations, casting doubt on their effectiveness. After a failed peace agreement in 2006, Darfur rebels had split into more than a dozen factions. [Reuters, 10/27]

Nov. 26: Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and several other Gulf countries banned the import of poultry from Saudi Arabia following the detection of the bird flu virus in the Gulf monarchy, first found in an illegally imported falcon and later at a poultry farm in al-Kharj, south of Riyadh. The Saudi government said that the virus, discovered in early November 2007, had led the government to cull an estimated 3.5 million birds as a precaution to prevent its spread. [UPI, 11/26]

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