Sept 20, 2012 (Reuters) – Sudan hopes to reach a broad agreement with South Sudan to end all hostilities at a presidents’ summit in Ethiopia at the weekend, officials said on Thursday, despite new fighting between the army and rebels in Sudan’s borderlands.
Diplomats said there has been progress after two weeks of African Union-brokered talks between the neighboring countries, but no breakthrough yet on setting up a demilitarized buffer zone at the unmarked border, much of which is disputed.
Western and African diplomats hope to conclude negotiations at the weekend with a summit on Sunday between Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir. Read more…
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September 20, 2012 (Bloomberg) – Republican Mitt Romney is being hit with criticism in his own party over the tone and direction of the election campaign with a narrowing window of time to regroup.
Even as Romney tried to transform his latest stumble into an attack on President Barack Obama, a series of national polls showed the incumbent’s lead growing, leaving some Republicans anxious about his prospects, uncomfortable with the management of his campaign and impatient for him to turn the contest around.
“He’s had two narratives over the last week and a half: one that says, ‘Is he compassionate?’; the other that says, ‘Is he competent?’,” Matthew Dowd, a Bloomberg analyst and former strategist for President George W. Bush, said on Bloomberg Television. “Both of those have created this opportunity for the president to reinforce a lead that he was already gaining.” Read more…
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