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Sudan inflation soars to 99% as food prices rise

May 16, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Higher prices of grains, meat, milk, and bread cause Sudan's inflation rate to shoot up to 99% in April 2020

Residents of the Sudanese capital Khartoum queue in front of a bakery, on April 9, 2020. - The Sudanese authorities yesterday announced a rise in the price of bread in the capital, nearly a year after the fall of president Omar al-Bashir. A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against Bashir in December 2018 (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Sudan inflation soars to above 80% as economic crisis bites

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Sudan remains in deep economic crisis one year after mass protests led to the military ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir

A woman sells bread crumbs, locally known as "kasra", as a substitute for bread, at the Sudanese capital Khartoum, on April 9, 2020. - The Sudanese authorities yesterday announced a rise in the price of bread in the capital, nearly a year after the fall of president Omar al-Bashir. A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against Bashir in December 2018 (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Sudan court upholds corruption conviction of ousted leader Bashir

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The trials in Sudan do not relate to charges Omar al-Bashir faces at the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

COURT UPHOLDS. Supporters of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir rally in front of a court in the capital Khartoum during the former leader's trial on December 14, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

South Sudan reports first coronavirus case

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Authorities say the patient is an employee of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

U.N. report calls for political mission in Darfur

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur

PEACEKEEPERS. A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows a UNAMID peacekeeper marking with branches the location of a mortar projectile recently abandoned in the Alabassi camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), in Mellit, North Darfur, on March 25, 2014. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AFP

Sudan's post-uprising PM unharmed in assassination bid

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The attack on Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is staged in the Kober district of northeast Khartoum, in an apparent sign of the shakiness of Sudan's transition to civilian rule

UNHARMED. Sudanese rescue teams and security forces gather next to damaged vehicles at the site of an assassination attempt against Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who survived the attack with explosives unharmed, in the capital Khartoum on March 9, 2020. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

South Sudan citizens 'deliberately starved' by warring parties – U.N.

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:08 PM

A United Nations panel delivers a damning indictment of 'predatory and unaccountable elites' and the suffering of civilians after 6 years of conflict

PRESSURE. A young girl walks across a path separating rows of shelters at the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Wau on February 1, 2020. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Locust swarms arrive in South Sudan, threatening more misery

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Billions of desert locusts, some in swarms the size of Moscow, have already chomped their way through Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda

Locusts swarm from ground vegetation as people approach at Lerata village, near Archers Post in Samburu county, approximately 300 kilomters (186 miles) north of kenyan capital, Nairobi on January 22, 2020. "Ravenous swarms" of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the entire East Africa subregion, the UN warned on January 20, 2020. The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, is “significant and extremely dangerous” warned the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, describing the infestation as an eminent threat to food security in months to come” if control measures are not taken. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Sudan rebels, gov't extend peace talks for 3 weeks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:17 PM

The Sudan Revolutionary Front and Khartoum representatives sign a deal to keep negotiations going after failing to wrap up talks by February 15

EXTENDED. Yasir Arman, deputy leader of rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, speaks during a press conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on December 2, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

South Sudan rebels reject president's peace compromise

Feb 16, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The main contention is the number of states in Sudan, which the rebels say can 'cause problems' as borders determine divisions of power in the country

CONFLICT. Under an accord meant to end the bloodshed, these adversaries were brought together in military camps for retraining to graduate as comrades in a new, unified army, loyal only to the flag of South Sudan. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. 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. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Sudan gives death sentence to 27 agents who tortured, killed protester

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The agents are found guilty of torturing to death Ahmed al-Kheir Awadh at an intelligence services facility

Sudan, rebels agree on plan to end conflict in Darfur

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Mediators aim to reach a final deal by February 2020

South Sudan rivals agree to form unity gov't by deadline – president

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'We...have said that after the 100 days we have to form the government,' says South Sudan President Salva Kiir

100-DAY DEADLINE. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C), South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar (R) and Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council Mohamed Hamdan Daglo 'Hemeti' sit after their peace agreement meeting at the State House in Juba, South Sudan, on December 16, 2019. Photo by Majak Kuany/AFP

Sudan's Bashir sentenced to 2 years house arrest for graft

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) The court sends deposed president Omar al-Bashir to a community reform center

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. - Bashir was On June 16 seen in public for the first time since being ousted, as he was driven to the prosecutor's office. The former strongman, who ruled his northeast African nation with an iron fist for three decades, was toppled on April 11 after weeks of protests against his reign. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

U.N. expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The UN experts conclude 'the arms embargo was ineffective, and resulted in regular maritime and air transfers to Libya of military material'

IN RUINS. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2019, Libyans check the site of an air strike in which three children were killed and others wounded on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.S. calls back ambassador from South Sudan

Nov 26, 2019 - 2:51 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US will "re-evaluate our relationship with the government of South Sudan"

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Sudan agrees to aid, ceasefire, in peace talks with rebels

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'The political declaration will pave the way for political negotiations and is a step towards a just, comprehensive and final peace in Sudan,' says General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a key figure in Sudan's transitional government

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, attends the signing of the constitutional declaration with protest leaders, at a ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

Sudan shuts border with Libya, Central Africa over security concerns

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'The sovereign council...ordered the closure of the border with Libya and Central African Republic as it threatened the security and economy of the country,' says a statement by the ruling body

SECURITY CONCERNS. Sudanese paramilitaries say they have captured 138 Africans, including dozens of Sudanese, trying to enter neighboring Libya illegally. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan, South Sudan leaders vow to seek peace in their troubled nations

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Sudan's new prime minister Abdalla Hamdok meets with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on his first official visit since becoming premier, following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir

FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT. Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok (L) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit shake hands before meeting on September 12, 2019 in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan. Photo by Akuot Chol/AFP

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

Euphoria grips Sudan as historic transition deal signed

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:50 AM

The deal formalizes the creation of a transition administration that will be guided by an 11-member sovereign council, comprised of 6 civilians and 5 military figures

TRANSITION DEAL. Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara arrive at the Bahari station in Khartoum on August 17, 2019, to celebrate transition to civilian rule. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Sudan: From demonstrations to transition accord

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Sudanese protesters and army representatives are set to sign a transition deal, paving the way for a civilian-led government in Sudan. Here's a timeline of events leading up to that deal.

TRANSITION DEAL. Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara arrive at the Bahari station in Khartoum on August 17, 2019, to celebrate transition to civilian rule. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/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)

Sudan protest group nominates ex-U.N. economist for PM – officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok, who stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, is due to be formally selected on August 20

Sudan generals, protest leaders ink constitutional declaration

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The agreement builds on a power-sharing deal and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament

SIGNED. From left to right, Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Drir, protest leader Ahmad Rabie, and General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, celebrate after signing the constitutional declaration, at a ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan generals, protest leaders agree on constitutional declaration

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The main points of contention concerned the powers of the proposed joint civilian-military ruling body, the deployment of security forces and immunity for generals over protest-related violence

SUDAN PROTESTS. A Sudanese protester waves a national flag during a rally in the capital Khartoum to condemn the "massacre" of five demonstrators including four high school students at a rally in the central town of Al-Obeida on July 29, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan shuts schools as pupils' killing sparks outrage

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Killing a student is killing a nation,' chant hundreds of schoolchildren, dressed in their uniforms and waving Sudanese flags, as they take to the streets of Khartoum

IN PROTEST. A Sudanese protester waves a national flag during a rally in the capital Khartoum to condemn the 'massacre' of 5 demonstrators including four high school students at a rally in the central town of Al-Obeida on July 29, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan talks cancelled as army ruler condemns teenagers' killing

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Two protest leaders who are members of the protest movement's negotiating team say the dialogue with generals will not take place as planned

OUT IN THE STREETS. Sudanese students protest in the capital Khartoum on July 30, 2019, a day after teenagers were shot at a rally against shortages of bread and fuel in the town of al-Obeid, about 420 kilometers southwest of the capital. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

Sudan protest leaders, rebels end rift over power deal

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The umbrella protest movement has signed a power-sharing accord with Sudan's ruling generals that provides for a transitional civilian administration, the key demand of demonstrators

RIFT ENDS. File photo shows a man taking a selfie during a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

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