Sunday 25 June 2017
(APA 06/23/17)
Sudanese First Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih has discussed the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan with U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Steven Koutsis. The meeting took place on Thursday night in presidential office in Khartoum, after a three-day visit by the American diplomat to three states in the western Sudan region of Darfur, where he inspected the humanitarian situation of the internally displaced civilians and South Sudanese refugees. In a report by the official news agency SUNA, Koutsis said he briefed the first vice president on his visit to Darfur, and discussed with him bilateral relations. "The meeting touched on Sudanese-US relations, especially the lifting of the US sanctions on Sudan," Koutsis...
(APA 06/23/17)
The opposition Sudanese Communist Party rejected the decision to reduce the African Union-United Nations (UNAMID) mission in Darfur. The party warned against a breakdown of the security situation after the withdrawal of UNAMID before completing its tasks in the protection of unarmed civilians in the troubled region. "Despite the Sudanese Communist Party's reservations about the presence of any foreign forces in our country, the dangers facing the people of Darfur in their lives and the security of their communities have made it necessary for the party to approve the deployment of UNAMID in the hope that this force will contribute to stopping violence and protecting the lives of citizens," Central Committee of the Party said in Statement on Thursday. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in Northern State, killing all four crew members on board, the army said on Wednesday, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet. The Russian-built Mi-17 helicopter crashed late on Tuesday due to "bad weather" in state capital Dongola, army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa Shami said in a statement. "All four crew members on board were martyred." Sudan's fleet of Russian-manufactured aircraft has suffered several crashes in recent years, with the military frequently...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Sudanese authorities on Tuesday brought home from Libya eight children, including a one-year-old, whose parents are allegedly members of the Islamic State group. The children were flown into Khartoum from the Libyan capital Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said. "Thanks be to Allah, today eight children," were brought back from Libya, Brigadier Tijani Ibrahim of Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NSS) told reporters. Six of the children will be handed over to relatives while the state will take care of the other two because authorities could not find any next of kin, he said.
(APA 06/21/17)
Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir has on Tuesday met King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia at Safa Palace in Riyadh to discuss the Gulf crisis, according to Sudan’s foreign ministry. Al-Bashir’s visit came after Saudi Aria, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt decided to severe diplomatic ties with Qatar that they accused of supporting regional terror groups. Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to some 10,000 American troops, criticized the move as a "violation of...
(APA 06/21/17)
Sudanese foreign ministry on Tuesday has agreed to represent the interests of Yemen in Qatar after diplomatic relations between the two countries were cut earlier this month. "Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has received a message from his Yemeni counterpart (...) including a request that Sudan takes on the role of ‘protecting power’, looking after the interests of the Yemen in Qatar," said a statement issued by Sudan foreign ministry. Ghandour expressed Sudan’s acceptance of the request based on the strong...
(APA 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on Tuesday night after taking-off on an official mission from Dongola town to Al-Daba town in northern Sudan, Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said in a statement. There were no survivors from the crash, the statement said, without disclosing the identities of the victims. It blamed “bad weather conditions” for the incident.
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
The top US envoy in Sudan pushed Monday for more access to deliver humanitarian aid to Golo as he visited the former rebel stronghold in war-torn Darfur under tight security. US charge d'affaires Steven Koutsis was in Golo as part of a tour to assess the security situation in Darfur as the United Nations prepares to downsize its 17,000-strong peacekeeping force. Koutsis's visit to the town surrounded by the thickly forested mountains of Jebel Marra comes weeks before President Donald...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/17)
The top US envoy in Sudan began Sunday a four-day trip to Darfur to assess security in the war-torn region as the UN prepares to downsize its 17,000-strong peacekeeping force. The visit of Steven Koutsis, Washington's charge d'affaires in Khartoum, also comes just weeks before President Donald Trump's administration decides whether to permanently lift a two-decades old US trade embargo on Sudan. A joint report sent to the UN Security Council last month by the African Union and the United...
(APA 06/19/17)
Sudan's president Omer Al-Bashair is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday to support efforts to resolve the recent crisis in the gulf countries, a top government official said Monday. Abrahem Ghandour, the Sudanese foreign minister, told reporters that the president’s visit will last for three days to support the Ameer of Kuwait, Sabah Ahmed Al-Gaber, to settle the gulf countries crisis. Ghandor added that Al_Bashair will meet with the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/17)
War crimes judges will rule next month on whether South Africa flouted international law when it failed to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur. The International Criminal Court "convenes a public hearing on 6 July... for the delivery of its decision," the court said in a statement Friday. The tribunal based in The Hague "invites representatives of South Africa and the prosecutor to attend," it added. Pretoria, at an unprecedented hearing in April, disputed accusations by ICC prosecutors that...
(APA 06/16/17)
The Sudanese government welcomed the report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council, which decided to reduce the military component of UNAMID in Darfur, reports said on Friday. The report said the reduction would take place in two six-month periods in the first phase. Eight military battalions would be withdrawn from 16 battalions, with the remainder being withdrawn at the strategic review early next year, along with the reduction of the police and civilian component. "This is a happy...
(APA 06/16/17)
Sudan's acting Foreign Minister, Hamid Mumtaz has held intensive talks with the Moroccan Ambassador to Khartoum, Mohamed Ma-al-Ainain to discuss arrangements for the visit in July of 100 businesspersons from Rabat. A statement emanating from Thursday's meeting said preparations on both sides are in high gear ahead of the landmark visit by the tycoons whose presence is expected to trigger more interest in improving trade relations between Sudan and Morocco. The statement said during the visit the Moroccan businesspersons will...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The trial of a prominent Sudanese human rights activist accused of spying for foreign embassies opened on Wednesday in Khartoum, as Amnesty International called for his immediate release. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested in December by security forces as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists. Prosecutors have accused him and some others of carrying out spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies in return for money. He is also accused of publishing lies about government forces using chemical weapons, and distorting the image of the state.
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(APA 06/14/17)
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) has urged the government of Sudan to urgently implement its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, in order to disarm all armed militia, movements and civilians. The council’s push came at its 691st meeting held on 12 June 2017 at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, where it adopted a decision on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). In...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/14/17)
A delegation from the Geneva-based International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA, on Tuesday arrived in Khartoum to investigate government interference in elections of the Sudan Football Association, SFA. "We came to the Sudan to get first-hand information about the current crisis in the Sudanese football with the existence of two football associations", the FIFA delegation told reporters. FIFA officials on Wednesday held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr Abdul Karim Musa, in the presence of the...

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