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Sudan: Army shots at anti-riot forces heralding a crack within armed forces

The Soudanese army Saturday opened fire on the anti-riot forces at the largest demonstration calling for the country’s President to step down. Sudan has been embroiled in political crisis since December with repeated demonstrations demanding President Omar al-Bashir to leave power. Saturday demonstration in capital Khartoum called by organizers took place around military headquarters of […]

Sudan restricts social media access to counter anti-govt protest

Sudanese authorities are blocking access to popular social media platforms used to organise and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests, local media reported. In a country where the state tightly controls traditional media, the internet has become a key information battleground, according to Reuters. “There was a discussion in the government about blocking social media sites and […]

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Sudan: Death Toll Rises Amid Growing Turmoil Over Bread Price Hike

Several Sudanese cities and towns have been rocked since last week by widening anti-government protests, triggered by a rise in bread and fuel prices. The demonstrations, which started on December 19 in the city of Atbara, quickly spread across the country, including to the capital Khartoum. In some cities, security forces have used tear gas […]

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Qatar vows support to Sudan’s Bashir to survive anti-govt protests

Qatar’s Amir, Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, has pledged to provide every possible support to Sudan as anti-government protests in Sudan entered their second week. The Amir made the pledge during a telephone conversation with the President of Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, Sudan official news agency SUNA reported. During the phone call, President […]

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Violence spreads in Sudan over rising cost of bread, fuel

About 20 people have died in violent anti-government protests in Sudan as Police have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital, Khartoum and other parts of the country. Sudan’s main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday blamed “armed repression” over the rising cost of bread, although officials gave a lower death toll. A government’s […]

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Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, first Arab leader to visit war-torn Syria since 2011

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Syria over the weekend for an official visit, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported. Omar Al Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Al Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace. Bashir became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil […]

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Darfur: Inter-communal tensions still high despite improved security, UNAMID Head

While security has improved in Darfur, inter-communal tensions in the conflict-plagued region of Sudan are still high, with clashes over land and livestock, the head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said on Monday. Briefing the Security Council, via video conference, Jeremiah Mamabolo, the head of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), […]

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UN urges Algeria again to stop arbitrary expulsions of African migrants

The UN has reiterated its call on Algeria to immediately halt summary expulsions of African migrants, as authorities in the North African country continue to round up and expel thousands to Niger in harsh desert climate. The appeal was made by UN Special Rapporteur on migration Felipe González Morales, following his official visit to Niger; […]

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Sudan’s central bank to print 100-pound banknotes as inflation worsens

Sudan’s central bank will start printing 100-pound banknotes for the first time as it struggles to deal with a liquidity crisis and rampant inflation. The previous largest banknote in Sudan was 50 pounds. Inflation in Sudan peaked at 63.86 percent last June according to the central bureau for statistics in Khartoum. High inflation rate has […]

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Burkina Faso: Fears of resurgence of female genital mutilation

Equality Now, a women’s rights organization, is calling on the Burkinabe government to toughen its efforts in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the wake of a report that 50 girls had suffered complications after undergoing the illegal procedure. The circumcisions reportedly took place in the first week of September in the Kaya […]

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