EU OBSERVERS PREPARE FOR SUDAN REFERENDUM.

A team of 110 European Union observers continued preparations for the 9 January referendum on independence for Southern Sudan as the country's President, Omar al-Bashir, visited the potentially breakaway region to calm fears of instability should the South secede. During his rare visit, al-Bashir told Southerners he would welcome the result "even if you choose secession". He was officially given a red carpet welcome, although a crowd of 500 also greeted him waving banners reading "no to...

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