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- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)9
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)57
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- City wants to put hold on shipping container houses for now (4/17/17)1
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)4
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Sudanese government launches offensive in south
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Sudanese government forces have launched a massive offensive in three southern provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, rebel and aid agency officials said Tuesday.
The Sudan People's Liberation Army said in a statement that mechanized infantry columns supported by helicopter gunships began attacking rebel-held villages on Saturday.
"Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced. It is not yet possible to determine the number of people killed in the attack. A large number of livestock has been looted," rebel spokesman Samson Kwaje said. The Sudan People's Liberation Army has been at war with the government since 1983. Although the war often is simplified as one that pits Christian and animist southerners against Arab Muslim northerners, struggles for power and competition for control over major oil fields also fuel the fighting.