George Clooney, who recently returned from Sudan, is asking President Obama and the international community to take measures to prevent violence ahead of the country's Jan. 9 election.
A UN employee that was part of a UN Security Council visit to Sudan's Darfur was kidnapped on Thursday night.
While plans for South Sudan referendum move forward, preparations for a vote on Abyei, a contested border region that could join South Sudan, are making little headway.
Sudan is set to hold a referendum in 100 days on whether to split in two. With tensions rising and the Sudan government hedging, the US is stepping up its involvement.
The South Sudan referendum scheduled for January could be delayed because important issues between South Sudan and the Sudanese government remain unresolved.
President Obama hasn’t had much time lately for anything other than the economy, jobs, and maybe a little worrying about the midterm elections. But he’ll focus a good chunk of this week on foreign affairs when he decamps Washington for the United Nations in New York, spending the better part of three days – from Wednesday afternoon to Friday evening – on many of the bigger issues on his international plate. Here are five things Mr. Obama will do while in New York.