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Sudan swears in civilian-majority ruling council

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan will be Sudan's head of state for the first 21 months of the 39-month transition period, until a civilian takes over for the remainder

SWORN IN. A video grab from footage by Sudan's Presidential Palace show General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling military council, during a swearing in ceremony in Khartoum on August 21, 2019. Photo by Sudan Presidential Palace/AFP

Sudan's Bashir 'got $90 million from Saudi royals'

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) Omar al-Bashir faces a raft of charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide from the International Criminal Court over his role in the Darfur war, but the latest trial is over graft allegations

TRIAL. In this file photo, Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Sudanese eagerly anticipate transition to civilian rule

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The composition of the transitional civilian-majority ruling council is to be announced Sunday, August 18

A Sudanese demonstrater waves his national flag in front of the Algerian embassy as people celebrate in Khartoum on August 4, 2019, after Sudan's army rulers and protest leaders signed a hard-won constitutional declaration that paves the way for a transition from August 18 to civilian rule following more than seven months of often deadly street rallies. - The agreement, signed at a ceremony in Khartoum, builds on a landmark July 17 power-sharing deal and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a three-year transition period. (Photo by Ebrahim HAMID / AFP)

7 killed as mass demonstrations hit Sudan

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

'For decades this country has been ruled by the military. It didn't work and it will not work,' says one protester

'MILLION-MAN MARCH'. A Sudanese protester with a covered face flashes the victory sign while marching with others in a mass demonstration against the country's ruling generals in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on June 30, 2019. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa / AFP

Tear gas fired as Sudan students protest near palace

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Protesters chant 'freedom, peace, justice,' the catchcry of the protest movement that brought down Omar al-Bashir

MARCH. Tear gas fumes rise at a mass demonstration of Sudanese protesters against the country's ruling generals in the capital Khartoum's central 'Khartoum 2' district on June 30, 2019. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP

Sudan protesters urge return to night-time rallies over 'massacre'

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The Alliance for Freedom and Change calls night-time demonstrations in residential areas of Khartoum and other regions to 'ask for our main demands, which are transitional civilian rule and condemning the massacre of June 3'

Sudanese protesters are wawing flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. - Sudan's military rulers May 15, 2019 suspended crucial talks with protesters on installing civilian rule, insisting more time was needed to finalise the deal as Khartoum's security situation deteriorated. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Sudan's Bashir to appear in court on graft charge – prosecutor

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:44 PM

Sudan's acting prosecutor general says ousted Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir faces charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sudan police try to quell civil disobedience campaign

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The campaign is underway nearly a week after the assault on demonstrators at a sit-in outside army headquarters, which followed talks breaking down between protest leaders and military rulers

CRACKDOWN. Sudanese police fired tear gas June 9, 2019 at protesters taking part in the first day of a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators. Photo by AFP

Sudan military scraps transition deal after deadly crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announces in a televised statement the plan has been ditched and an election will take place under 'regional and international supervision'

SUDAN MILITARY. A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV on April 13, 2019 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman, new chief of Sudan's ruling military council, in the capital Khartoum. AFP PHOTO / HO / SUDAN TV

13 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 PM

The military council has denied multiple reports of their forces violently dispersing the sit-in in front of army headquarters

Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announces the talks have been suspended for 72 hours as security in Khartoum has deteriorated

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese protesters are waving flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Sudan mediators propose 2 transition councils – protest leader

May 05, 2019 - 8:21 PM

The mediators' apparent proposal comes as talks over forming an overall governing council remain deadlocked

DEMANDS. Sudanese protest organizers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Tensions flare between Sudan military rulers, protesters

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Demonstrators reinforce their barricades outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after the two sides differed in talks Monday, April 29

TENSION. Sudanese protesters wave a national flag as they sit atop a makeshift barricade during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 30, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Sudan protesters hail breakthrough in talks with army rulers

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Both camps agree to form a joint civilian-military council, paving the way for the civilian administration demanded by demonstrators

SIT-INS. Sudanese protesters from the city of Kassala, sitting atop a bus, arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 27, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Sudan opposition leader says Bashir ouster 'not military coup'

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi says Sudan should immediately join the International Criminal Court

DEMANDS. Sudanese protest organizers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Sudan's Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATED) Witnesses near the prison in north Khartoum say there is a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of a paramilitary group outside

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

Sudan leaders face pressure for transfer to civilian rule

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Thousands remain camped outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after protest leaders issued demands to the military council set up following the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Sudan protesters present demands to military in talks

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The group insists on civilian representatives joining the military council and on the creation of a fully civilian government to run day-to-day affairs

Sudan's new military ruler vows to 'uproot' Bashir regime

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:58 PM

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan makes the promise to placate demonstrators demanding Sudan's return to civilian rule

NEW LEADER. A handout picture released by the Twitter account of the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on April 12, 2019 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the new chief of the military council taking over in Sudan following the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir, speaking with demonstrators outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum. Photo by Sudan News Agency/AFP

Sudan's new ruler under pressure for swift handover to civilian rule

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:45 PM

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan now has the tough task of persuading protesters that he is not just another general from the Omar al-Bashir regime

NEW LEADER. A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman taking oath on April 12, 2019 as chief of the new military council, in the capital Khartoum. Photo from Sudan TV/AFP

Khartoum erupts with joy as Bashir successor steps down

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

Car horns sound on the streets as jubilant crowds stream out of their homes to cheer the departure of Ibn Ouf, considered a regime insider and close aide of Bashir.

PROTEST. A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Photo by AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Joy turns to anger for 'hoodwinked' Sudan protesters

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Excitement and jubilation turns to anger and defiance only hours after Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf announces that Bashir had been ousted by the army and a military council was being put in his place for two years

A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. The Sudanese army is planning to make "an important announcement", state media said today, after months of protests demanding the resignation of longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir. Thousands of Khartoum residents chanted "the regime has fallen" as they flooded the area around the military headquarters, where protesters have held an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. AFP

Sudan: Months of protests lead to the ousting of Bashir

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The uprising in Sudan started with protests in December over a hike in bread prices. Here's a timeline of events.

PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediately after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan army topples veteran leader Bashir, protestors vow more demos

Apr 11, 2019 - 8:14 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers of the protests, which first erupted in December, rejects the army's move and vows to keep up their campaign until the whole regime is swept aside

REMOVED FROM POWER. A grab from a live broadcast on Sudan TV shows Sudanese Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibnouf delivering a speech in Khartoum, announcing that President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power on April 11, 2019. AFP PHOTO/HO/SUDAN TV

Sudanese call 'regime has fallen' as army announcement awaited

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Sources and witnesses say soldiers had raided both the state television and the offices of a group linked to President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese women take part in anti-regime demonstrations on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Photo by AFP

Sudan protesters rally outside army HQ for 2nd day – witnesses

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) 'We won't leave this area until he steps down," a protester says, referring to President Omar al-Bashir

TEAR GAS. Sudanese protesters run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by police outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sudan parliament shortens state of emergency to 6 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:48 PM

'A six-month state of emergency has been approved by a majority,' the speaker of parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer says after lawmakers voted on the decree issued by President Omar al-Bashir

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Police disperse protest march on Sudan women's prison

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:30 PM

The protesters call for the release of women arrested in ongoing demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's 3-decade rule

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Sudan opposition head backs protester calls for Bashir to go

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:10 PM

"This regime has to go immediately," opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi Mahdi tells hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in Omdurman, after nearly daily anti-government protests.

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Death toll from Sudan protests rises to 24 – official

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:36 AM

But Human Rights Watch says at least 40 people have been killed in clashes during the demonstrations

RALLY. Crowds of supporters of the Sudanese President wave sticks as they gather in Sudan's easten city of Kassala on January 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

Police fire tear gas as protesters rally in Sudan capital

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters urge Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to step down amid rising prices of bread and violent crackdown on opposition

RESIGN. President Omar al-Bashir is in hot water amid high prices of bread and increasing violence in protests. Photo from Shutterstock


Sudan ruling party unveils new, smaller cabinet

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, September 14, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 16.

NEW CABINET. In this file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Sudan's Bashir replaces intelligence chief – state media

Feb 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A presidential decree announces Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih as the new head of the country's National Intelligence and Security Service

REPLACED. This file photo taken on March 27, 2012 shows the chief of Sudan's powerful intelligence service, Mohammed Atta, during a conference in Khartoum. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

ICC to rule if South Africa broke rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court experts say

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

South Africa revokes decision to leave ICC – UN

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Notice of Pretoria s decision to end the withdrawal process was posted on the UN s treaty website this week although it does not necessarily spell the end of its bid to leave the Hague based court

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

UN chief hopes South Africa will reconsider ICC withdrawal

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The UN recalls that South Africa was among the first signatories of the treaty and stresses that the ICC is central to global efforts to end impunity and prevent conflict

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

South Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The ICC set up in 2002 is often accused of bias against Africa

South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha gives a press briefing in Pretoria on October 21, 2016 regarding South Africa's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). South Africa announced on October 21 that it is withdrawing from the ICC, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. South Africa's decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. Justice Minister Michael Masutha told reporters in Pretoria that the court was "inhibiting South Africa's ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity". / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

South Sudan resumes talks with Sudan on independence issues

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:08 PM

The latest round of talks is the first since a unity government was formed in May in a bid to end the devastating civil war

PEACE TALKS RESUME. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (left) walks prior to a meeting in Addis Ababa in 2015 as part of the past rounds of peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Darfur votes for 5-state status quo – referendum chief

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:26 PM

The referendum however has faced international criticism and an opposition boycott

REFERENDUM. Sudanese election staff count ballot papers at a polling station in North Darfur's state capital El-Fasher on April 14, 2016 a day after the polls closed across Darfur at the end of the three-day referendum to decide whether to unite Darfur's five states into a single, autonomous region. Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Indonesia diprotes undang Presiden Sudan ke KTT OKI

Mar 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Kementerian Luar Negeri menyebut Indonesia bukan anggota ICC sehingga tak berkewajiban menahan al Bashir

residen Joko Widodo (kiri) berjabat tangan dengan Presiden Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir sebelum berlangsungnya KTT Luar Biasa ke-5 OKI di JCC, Jakarta, Senin, 7 Maret. Foto oleh Akbar Nugroho Gumay/ANTARA

Jokowi holds talks with Sudan's Bashir who is accused of war crimes

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The International Criminal Court ICC indicted Sudanese President Omar al Bashir over war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2009 and on genocide charges in 2010 all relating to the conflict in Sudan s Darfur region

SUDAN MEETING. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (C) walks after a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo by EPA

'Thousands' of civilians may be affected by new Darfur clashes – UN

Jan 20, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Government troops and rebels have been battling around the mountainous Jebel Marra area straddling Central South and North Darfur states

Ruling party wants S.Africa to pull out of ICC

Oct 12, 2015 - 12:23 AM

The decision comes after a spat with The Hague based court over South Africa s failure to arrest Sudanese leader Omar al Bashir

BACK HOME. Supporters of Omar al-Bashir cheer as the President returns from South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan, June 15, 2015.  Marwan Ali/EPA

Several hurt during UN chopper emergency landing in Sudan's Darfur

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:28 PM

The joint mission first deployed to war torn Darfur in 2007 4 years after mostly African insurgents rebelled against the Arab dominated government in Khartoum complaining of their marginalization

In this file photo, a member of a Formed Police Unit serving with UNAMID, arrives at the Community Policing Centre of the Abu Shouk IDP Camp during his morning patrol, 05 August 2012, El Fasher, Sudan. Albert González Farran/UN Photo

S.Sudan leader heads to peace talks as deadline looms

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

South Sudan s government and rebels are under intense diplomatic pressure to sign a deal by August 17 to end a 20 month civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed

PEACE TALKS COLLAPSE. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) walks prior to a meeting on March 3, 2015 in Addis Ababa, as part of the latest round of peace talks to end over 14 months of conflict. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Sudan's Bashir flies out of South Africa, defying court order

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:16 AM

The International Criminal Court ICC said it is disappointed at South Africa s failure to heed its calls to detain Bashir on long standing arrest warrants over the Darfur conflict

BACK HOME. Supporters of Omar al-Bashir cheer as the President returns from South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan, June 15, 2015.  Marwan Ali/EPA