Bush frustrated with UN peace efforts in Darfur

WASHINTON (AP) -- President George W. Bush says he is frustrated with the pace of U.N. efforts to end a wave of killings in Darfur.

The president spoke to reporters after meeting with Dr. Halima Bashir, who was tortured and gang-raped after speaking out about rapes of girls as young as eight near her remote clinic in Darfur. For her safety, Bashir was covered head to toe in a red, black and white sheath.

Bush held a copy of Bashir's book about the years of brutality, titled, "Tears of the Desert."

He said the United Nations must expedite sending peacekeepers.

The conflict in Darfur has claimed the lives of up to 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million, according to U.N. officials. The government in Khartoum argues that the numbers are exaggerated.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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