Sudan Rebels Hold 29 Chinese Workers

    Soldiers from the Joint Integrated Units of the Sudan People's Liberation Army go through formal motions during the arrival Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the southern capital of Juba on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, 2010. Bashir visited Juba just five days before southerners are set to vote in a referendum that could see southern Sudan secede from the north to form the world's newest country. It is his first trip to southern Sudan since he campaigned for presidential reelection here in April, 2010. President Bashir supports the unity of Sudan but insists that he and his government in Khartoum will respect the will of the southern people to secede if they so choose. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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    Sudanese rebels in the country’s South Kordofan state said Sunday they have captured 29 Chinese workers after a battle with government forces, though they claim they did not kidnap them and they are not hostages. “We are holding them for their own safety because the Army was trying to strike again," a spokesman for the SPLM-N rebels said. South Kordofan borders the newly independent South Sudan, and the Sudanese Army has been fighting the rebels since June.

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