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Clooney arrested at protest in D.C.

George Clooney is taken into custody outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington Friday.KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the actor said he has asked President Obama to engage China on stopping a humanitarian crisis in northern Africa. The protesters accuse Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan. Clooney, his father, Nick, and others were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy. Those taken into custody included NAACP President Ben Jealous, Martin Luther King III, and actor and comedian Dick Gregory. Several members of Congress also were arrested, including James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, Al Green of Texas, and Jim Moran of Virginia. They were handcuffed and placed into a US Secret Service van. Clooney was released several hours later after paying a $100 fine. The arrests came after Clooney met this week with Obama, testified in the Senate, and attended a state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP)