President George W. Bush announced that he had ordered an immediate airlift to deliver vehicles and equipment to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan to bolster a struggling international peacekeeping effort there. Bush waived a requirement that he notify Congress 15 days before undertaking such a mission, because waiting would "pose a substantial risk to human health and welfare," White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley said Jan. 5. Bush has long classified the violence in Darfur as genocide; since 2004, hundreds of thousands of people have died and more than a million have been displaced as a result of ethnic and sectarian strife in the region. (NY Times)

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