Sudan said Friday it has asked the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur to prepare an “exit strategy” from the region, amid strained ties over investigations into an alleged mass rape.

A local news website reported Sudanese soldiers raped 200 women and young girls in the village of Tabit on October 31 after one of their men went missing, which Khartoum has repeatedly denied.

Government forces initially denied UNAMID monitors access to the area. […]