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Thousands mourn protesters killed in Sudan raid

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'Blood for blood, we won't accept compensations,' chant the protesters as they march through the main streets of Port Sudan

MOURNING FOR COMRADES. 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. File photo by Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

Sudan general says coup attempt foiled

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'Officers and soldiers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service, some of them retired, were trying to carry out a coup,' says General Jamal Omar of Sudan's ruling military council

General Jamal Omar (C), a member of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), arrives to attend the release of 235 members of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur, at al-Huda prison in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on July 4, 2019. Sudan's state television earlier said that the Transitional Military Council (TMC)'s head had ordered the immediate release from jail of 235 members of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur and is part of the protest movement. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Internet on mobile services restored in Sudan

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Protesters and rights group say the internet blockade is an attempt to quell protests against the generals

INTERNET BLOCKADE. Khartoum-based lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan, who filed a case against a blockade imposed on mobile internet services in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters in June, gives a press conference in the Sudanese capital on July 9, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP


[OPINION] Why the Filipino youth should care about Sudan

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'We must remember that this present unrest doesn’t only hold the Sudanese hostage; it catches our countrymen, too,' says Aleijn Rio Reintegrado

Sudan protesters hail landmark deal with generals

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) The breakthrough comes after two days of talks following the collapse of the previous round of negotiations in May over who should lead the new ruling body – a civilian or soldier

A Sudanese man flashes the victory gesture as people gather outside al-Huda prison in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on July 4, 2019, during a ceremony marking the release of 235 members of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur. Sudanese authorities on July 4 released a group of 235 fighters from a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur and is part of the protest movement. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Sudan protesters, generals resume talks over civilian rule

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The dialogue comes after African Union and Ethiopian mediators call on the two sides to resume long stalled negotiations on a transition to civilian rule – the main demand of demonstrators

Prominent protest leader Madani Abbas Madani speaks during a press conference in the capital Khartoum on July 3, 2019. Sudan's protest leaders today agreed to hold direct talks with the ruling generals after African Union and Ethiopian mediators urged the two sides to resume stalled negotiations about a new governing body. "The Alliance for Freedom and Change met and decided to accept the invitation for direct negotiations" with the generals, prominent protest leader Madani Abbas Madani told reporters, adding that one of the conditions for the talks was to reach a decision "within 72 hours".  ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Sudan protesters agree to direct talks with ruling generals

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:22 PM

One of the conditions for the talks is to reach a decision 'within 72 hours'

DIRECT TALKS. Sudanese people gather as protests continue near the site of Sudan's military headquarters in central Khartoum on May 13, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/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

Sudan braces for mass protest as demonstrators fear violence

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The 'million-man' march comes at a time when Ethiopia and the African Union are mediating between the protesters and generals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 A man poses for a "selfie" photo with a cell phone as he awaits the arrival of the deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, during a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum.  Yasuyoshi CHIBA / 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

UN slams Sudan protesters for attacks on Darfur premises

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Protesters attack properties of the World Food Program and aid agency World Vision

Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. - General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, interim leader of Sudan where security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in in a deadly operation Monday, was largely unknown until seven weeks ago. A doctors' committee said at least 13 people were killed as gunfire echoed from the protest site outside army headquarters in central Khartoum. (Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP)

Sudan army ruler seeks to resume talks with protest leaders

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Sudan's army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan says the ruling military council was ready to hold talks with the umbrella protest movement and other political groups without any pre-conditions

Sudanese General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Himediti, deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, reacts during a meeting with his supporters in the capital Khartoum on June 18, 2019.  Yasuyoshi CHIBA / 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 general vows 'gallows' for perpetrators of deadly crackdown

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Doctors say more than 100 people were killed when protesters were violently dispersed allegedly by men in military fatigues

Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. - General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, interim leader of Sudan where security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in in a deadly operation Monday, was largely unknown until seven weeks ago. A doctors' committee said at least 13 people were killed as gunfire echoed from the protest site outside army headquarters in central Khartoum. (Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / 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 forces arrest protest leaders after deadly crackdown

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Just days prior, men in military fatigues cracked down on Sudanese protesters, leaving dozens dead

OUTCRY. Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Calls for the African Union to take action have mounted after the crackdown on June 3 on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum

CRACKDOWN. Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO

60 dead in crackdown on Sudan protesters – doctors

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A previous toll given by the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors counts 40 dead since the bloody dispersal of a weeks-long sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum on Monday

CRACKING DOWN ON UNREST. Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/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

Saudi Arabia deposits $250M in Sudan's central bank

May 19, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Sudan plays a key role in the regional interests of Saudi Arabia and its allies

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 protesters insist on civilian head for new governing body

May 19, 2019 - 9:38 PM

The two sides have already agreed on several issues, including a 3-year transition period and the creation of a 300-member parliament

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. A joint committee representing Sudan's military leadership and protesters is to hold its first meeting today to discuss their demand for civilian rule, the leading protest group said. OZAN KOSE / AFP

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

South Sudan adversaries meet in bid to save peace deal

May 02, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Representatives of South Sudan's rival parties gather in Addis Ababa for a meeting called by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

SOUTH SUDAN. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/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

Sudan converge on army HQ for 'million-strong' protest

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The rally comes after Sudan's new military rulers and protest leaders agreed to set up a joint committee, to chart the way forward two weeks after the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir

PROTEST. A Sudanese protester, draped in the national flag, stands on a hill overlooking fellow demonstrators as they gather for a "million-strong" march outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/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

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'The principle of African solutions to African problems is the only way to deal with common challenges facing us,' Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says in his opening remarks

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi give a joint press conference with the Ivorian president at the presidential palace in Abidjan, on April 11. Photo by Issoue Sanogo/AFP

Sudan protest leaders, army rulers plan more talks on power transfer

Apr 21, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The Alliance for Freedom and Change protest movement continues to demand the transfer of power to civilian authorities

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

Sudan protest leaders to meet military rulers

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The scheduled talks come a day ahead of plans by protest leaders to announce a ruling civilian council that they say will replace the military body

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

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

Vatican says to host South Sudan warring rivals

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The arch-rivals will attend 'an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust,' the Vatican says in a statement

VATICAN RETREAT. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/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

Blast kills 8 scrap-searching children in Sudan

Mar 24, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The 8 children were searching for scrap to sell

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