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Sudan's three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country's 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.

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Despite the arrest warrant recently issued for him by the International Criminal Court, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has made a defiant move by showing up in Qatar to attend the 21st Arab League summit meeting, at which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was also slated to appear.

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The International Criminal Court is getting its teeth, as judges have ordered the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity -- including murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape -- marking the first time the ICC has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state.

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Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle -- without the necessary funds or mandate -- to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

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