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Alarm in Washington as Sudan slips into chaos

More than 180 people are dead after three days of heavy fighting between the Sudanese army and a rival paramilitary force.
Smoke billows above residential buildings in Khartoum on April 16, 2023.

WASHINGTON — The United States is in direct contact with Sudan's warring parties in hopes of reaching a cease-fire, but neither showed signs of backing down as fighting in the restive African country stretched into a third day. 

More than 180 people have been killed and over 1,800 wounded since the conflict erupted Saturday in Khartoum, UN envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes told reporters Monday. 

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