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Sudan Gives Army ‘Free Hand’ as Border State Clashes Spread

Clashes between the armies of northern and Southern Sudan widened in the north’s only oil- producing state, the United Nations said, as President Umar al-Bashir’s ruling party said it gave its troops a “free hand.”

Fighting resumed today for a fifth day in the border state of Southern Kordofan after artillery fire was used in the clashes that continued until late yesterday, UN spokesman Kouider Zerrouk said today by phone from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.