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AU Mission Expands in Sudan's Darfur


More African Union troops from Rwanda have deployed in western Sudan to help monitor a cease-fire in the region.

Rwandan military officials say 100 soldiers arrived Sunday in the North Darfur capital, El Fasher, aboard a U.S. military transport plane. Another group of of 65 Rwandan soldiers deployed Saturday, one day after more than 40 Nigerian troops arrived in Darfur.

The African Union now has about 600 troops and monitors in Darfur. It wants to expand the mission to include about 3,000 observers, soldiers and other staff.

Meantime, AU officials are mediating talks in Nigeria aimed at resolving the conflict between Sudan's government and Darfur rebels.

The United Nations estimates fighting between pro-government Arab militias and rebels has displaced nearly 1.5 million people.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.