Sudan: 14 Chinese Freed

    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 officials claimed Monday that the military had rescued 14 of 29 Chinese nationals who had been kidnapped by rebels in the south. The Army announced that the road workers, seized in South Kordofan province Saturday, had been “liberated.” But Chinese Embassy officials seemed to doubt the reports that they were freed, saying that all the workers were still missing. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North had said that the workers were caught in the crossfire in a battle between them and the Army. But Wang Zhiping, a senior executive at the Power Construction Corp., which employed the workers, said the rebels had attacked them at their compound.

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