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Sudan blocks UN force from investigating deaths

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012

Meanwhile, Sudan blasted a recent renewal of U.S. sanctions, calling it harmful to Sudanese people and an attempt to obstruct "fighting of poverty and unemployment."

"These sanctions have always been pouring in favor of rebel groups and serve to exercise more pressure on the government of Sudan... to extract more concessions on the political stands of Sudan, particularly those stands related to American hegemony in the region," a statement by Sudan's Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The U.S. imposed economic, trade and financial sanctions against Sudan in 1997, citing the Sudanese government's support for terrorism, including its sheltering of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden in Khartoum the mid-1990s.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday that Washington had renewed the sanctions in large part due to ongoing conflicts in Darfur and other Sudanese states that "threaten regional stability."