The US has told Sudan that it will remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if (of course there's an if) next year's referendums proceed smoothly. The two referendums, both scheduled for 9 January, are about whether southern Sudan should secede, and whether the oil-rich region of Abyei should join the north or the south. If the referendums are transparent, and takes place on schedule, the US will take Sudan off the list, and lift sanctions against the country. Sudan has been on the list since 1993. Read more: BBC News
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