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Northern army takes Sudan's Abyei region

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Sudan’s northern army has taken control of the disputed Abyei region and is clearing it of southern troops, says Khartoum.

Oil-rich and fertile, Abyei is the main sticking point in the separation of Sudan, following January’s vote for independence in the south.

Both sides are supposed to withdraw their troops from the region but the north accuses the south of maintaining forces there.

An estimated two million people have died in the country’s decades-long civil war.