Clooney: Satellite over Sudan curbing fighting

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Actor George Clooney, right, gestures to photographers as he arrives with Sandra Bullock, left, to promote their film Gravity during a photo call at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)

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VENICE, Italy (AP) — Actor George Clooney says a satellite project over Sudan that he helped found has curbed violence, at least during daylight.

Clooney said Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival that the Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to monitor acts of war over areas between Sudan and South Sudan, has been "incredibly successful."

He says "now the attacks are only happening at night or under cloud cover. So now we'll switch that up to infrared."

Clooney has long worked to prevent conflict in Sudan and South Sudan. South Sudan peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011, but tensions between the countries, especially over oil, remain high.

Clooney is in Venice for the world premiere of "Gravity," in which he and Sandra Bullock play astronauts adrift in space.

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