Africa: Sudan
At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in Darfur since the conflict began, the UN says.  By Ashraf Shazly (AFP/File)

Sudan Extends Ceasefire In 3 Conflict Areas

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan on Sunday extended a ceasefire for six months in the war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, official media said. The cabinet headed by President Omar al-Bashir decided to extend the ceasefire by six months, Sudan's official news agency reported. In J ...
Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour, said January 14, 2017,

Sudan says 'secret' talks led to US easing sanctions

Saturday, January 14, 2017 Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on Saturday said secret talks between American and Sudanese officials led to the easing of US sanctions on his country. US President Barack Obama on Friday announced the lifting of some economic sanctions, trying to improve ties with a ...

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.  By ASHRAF SHAZLY (AFP/File)

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, prompting anger

Saturday, January 14, 2017 Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Friday took the controversial step of easing economic sanctions against Sudan, trying to improve relations with a country whose leader is accused of war crimes and links to terror. Obama informed Congress that he will lift trade and investment sanct ...
The US will ease some sanctions against Sudan on trade and investment in recognition of

US to lift some sanctions against Sudan: officials

Friday, January 13, 2017 Washington (AFP) - The United States will ease some financial sanctions against Sudan on Friday for efforts to help fight terrorism, although it will remain on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, two White House officials told AFP. Washington is set to announce that it will ease some US sanct ...
A South Sudanese basketball wheelchair player train at the Juba Basketball Court on January 11, 2017.  By ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN (AFP)

US coach trains S.Sudan wheelchair basketball team

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Juba (AFP) - An American coach on Wednesday began training South Sudanese wheelchair basketball players, saying the sport could offer hope and confidence to the disabled in the conflict-torn country. Top wheelchair basketball coach Jess Markt is holding training sessions for ten days with the pla ...
Siddig Yousif, 85, was detained in November by the National Intelligence and Security Service during a crackdown on protests sparked by fuel price hikes.  By Ashraf Shazly (AFP/File)

Health fears for detained Sudan opposition figure

Saturday, January 7, 2017 Khartoum (AFP) - The family of detained Sudanese opposition figure Siddig Yousif have appealed for his release following an alarming worsening of his health. The 85-year-old was detained in November along with three other leftist leaders by the National Intelligence and Security Service during ...
A man walks with his sheep near North Darfur's state capital el-Fasher on September 6, 2016.  By ASHRAF SHAZLY (AFP/File)

Sudan gunmen kill 8 people in Darfur

Monday, January 2, 2017 Khartoum (AFP) - Gunmen in military uniforms have killed eight people in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, residents and an NGO said Monday, as rebels accused the army of being behind the attack. The shooting happened on Sunday in Nertiti in the Jabal Marra area, where sporadic clashes between the ...
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (pictured) scrapped the post of prime minister after leading a bloodless coup against then-premier Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1989.  By ASHRAF SHAZLY (AFP/File)

Sudan lawmakers vote to bring back PM post

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Khartoum (AFP) - Sudanese lawmakers voted Wednesday to bring back the post of prime minister, a position abolished after President Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup. The move to delegate limited powers to a prime minister fits with reforms proposed by a national dialogue ...
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed to crush any new anti-regime protests as the authorities did three years ago.  By Ashraf Shazly (AFP/File)

Sudan frees 20 opposition members after protest call

Monday, December 26, 2016 Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan has freed 20 political opponents detained since last month after they called for protests against rising fuel prices, their parties said Monday. Sudanese Congress Party spokesman Mohamed Arabi said 16 members were freed on Sunday, but added that dozens of other figures inc ...

South Sudan: Arms Embargo, Sanctions Fail at UN Security Council

Friday, December 23, 2016 The United Nations Security Council rsquo;s failure to approve a December 23, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven nongovernmental groups said today. ...

UK Supports South Sudanese Refugees in Sudan

Thursday, December 22, 2016 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of pound;3 million (approximately US$3.7 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the critical needs of more than 164,000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. WFP will use the funds to purchase ...

Minister for Africa visits South Sudan

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Mr Ellwood made his first visit to South Sudan amid a deteriorating security, economic and humanitarian situation. He met with the President Kiir, Foreign Minister Deng Alor, Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to South Sudan Moustafa Soumare and fellow Troika ambassadors f ...

IOM Extends Aid to Reach More Conflict-Affected Areas in South Sudan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 IOM teams are providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance, including emergency medical support, to displaced and conflict-affected families in insecure and hard-to-reach areas of South Sudan. Response teams are currently operating in the Greater Equatoria region, where people have had limit ...
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