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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

Sudan editor detained after comment on emergency

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Security agents detains Sudan-based editor Osman Mirghani after his comments on President Omar al-Bashir's decision to impose a state of emergency and dissolve the government

THREATENED. Osman Mirghani, chief editor of the Al-Tayar daily who is now missing, lies on his bed after he was severely beaten by armed men who raided the offices of the Sudanese newspaper on July 24, 2014 in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. AFP file photo

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

Blame for mass rapes points to South Sudan army – U.N. report

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

'Collected evidence seems to suggest that the perpetrators of rapes in the Bentiu area are men who have the opportunity to come and go at ease within [Sudanese People's Liberation Army],' the report says

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 police break up new protests as opposition leader arrested

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The opposition Sudanese Congress Party says a few hours after protests began, its chief Omar el-Digeir was arrested by security agents and taken to an unknown location

Sudan journalists strike as more protests urged

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Sudanese Journalists' Network declares a 3-day strike against violence unleashed by authorities, joining other groups in protests brought by bread price hikes

STRIKE. Idris Suleiman, Sudan's ex-minister of international cooperation and political secretary of the Popular Congress Party, speaks during a press conference at the party's headquarters in the capital Khartoum on December 26, 2018. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan opposition leader says 22 killed in bread protests

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:42 PM

A government decision to raise the price of a loaf of bread sparks demonstrations across the country

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

South Sudan's Riek Machar refuses to sign peace deal – mediator

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed says the opposition's refusal to sign spelled the end of the current Khartoum talks

END TO PEACE TALKS? 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

22 children dead in Nile boat accident in Sudan

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'The accident was caused by engine failure halfway across because of a strong current,' the SUNA news agency reports

NILE. Panoramic view over Nile confluence in Khartoum. Photo from Shutterstock.

South Sudan president pardons rival, rebels – state radio

Aug 09, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The announcement comes days after the two men signed a power-sharing deal in the Sudanese capital Khartoum aimed at ending a nearly 5-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands and uprooted millions

PARDON. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Photos by Simon Maina and ISaac Kasamani/AFP

U.S. envoy to work with Sudan to remove from 'terror' list

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Sudanese officials say that having Khartoum on Washington's blacklist makes international banks wary of doing business in Sudan and in turn hampers the country's economic revival

In this file photo, top US envoy in Khartoum, Charge D'affaires Steven Koutsis, speaks during a press conference at the US embassy on October 7, 2017. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

South Sudan foes meet after 2 years

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The official scope of the talks is broad but analysts say the outcome remains unclear given their notoriously volatile relationship and entrenched positions

MEETING. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Photo by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya – keepers

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Theoretically, the death of the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino

SUDAN. In this file photo, a caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County. File photo by Tony Karumba/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

Israel plans to force out thousands of African migrants

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Under the plan, some 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, have until the end of March to leave

MIGRANTS. In this file photo, an African migrant rides a bicycle with a child near the Levinsky park street in southern Tel Aviv on September 4, 2017. Photo by  Menahem Kahana / AFP

France to probe Lactalis baby milk salmonella scare

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The product withdrawals affects consumers in countries as far afield as China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Britain and Sudan, underlining the company's global reach and the difficulty in tracing all the potentially at-risk powder

PRODUCT RECALL. The French government issued an international alert warning that batches of the Lactalis infant formula could be contaminated with Salmonella. AFP PHOTO

South Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention – watchdog

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:51 PM

That would leave Israel, Egypt and North Korea as the only countries yet to join the arms treaty which came into force in 1997

CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION. This file photo shows the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. File photo from Wikipedia

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP