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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

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