Sudanese government, rebel groups to resume peace talks

            By Erbil Basay</p>  <p>BERLIN (AA) – The Sudanese government and two Darfur-based rebel movements signed an agreement Thursday in Berlin to resume peace talks.</p>  <p>The parties agreed to resume negotiations in Qatar in January, the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement.</p>  <p>German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass welcomed the development, saying it was an important step that paved the way for peace in Sudan.</p>  <p>Since 2003, the Darfur region of western Sudan has been the scene of sporadic fighting between the Khartoum government and three separate rebel movements.</p>  <p>According to UN figures, the conflict has left as many as 300,000 people dead and an estimated 2.5 million others displaced.</p>  <p>The Sudanese government rejects the figures, saying the death toll does not exceed 10,000.