Violence in the disputed region of Abyei has killed at least 30 people along Sudan's north-south divide, officials said Monday. Observers fear the latest unrest could spark more fighting amid an otherwise peaceful and jubilant independence referendum in the south.
Abyei remains the most contentious sticking point between north and south following a two-decade civil war that left 2 million dead. Even President Obama, who applauded this week's historic referendum on independence in the south, warned that violence in the Abyei region should cease.
Queen Elizabeth has appeared on postage stamps since 1967. Now Britain plans to privatize the Royal Mail. That caused fears that some foreign buyer could remove the queen from stamps. The government says it will add a condition to the sale: Elizabeth stays on stamps.
The victims in Saturday's shooting include Phyllis Schneck, a 79-year-old widow and great-grandmother, who had come to Arizona to get away from the cold winters in her native New Jersey. Christina Taylor Green, 9, was the youngest victim. Green had been recently elected to her student council, and a neighbor took her to see Rep. Giffords in action.