Saturday 23 September 2017
(Sudan Tribune 07/01/13)
Addis Ababa — Sudan's president Omer Al-Bashir arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday to take part at a high level meeting of African and international leaders on ending hunger in Africa. African heads of states and ministers will consult on Monday on renewed partnership for a unified approach to end hunger in Africa. Following his arrival to Addis Ababa, Bashir met with the Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn to discuss bilateral relations but also the ongoing tension with South Sudan after his recent decision to stop the follow of the South Sudanese oil to the international markets through his country over accusation of support to rebel groups. At the meeting on hunger, African leaders are expected to...
(Sudan Tribune 07/01/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi addressed a mass rally in Sudan’s twin capital of Omdurman in which he called for establishing a new regime in the country in a rare show of force. But hundreds of his supporters who attended the pre-planned gathering expressed disappointment at Al-Mahdi’s speech and some even clashed with other NUP members who were in attendance. The former Prime Minister was interrupted at times by his supporters who chanted anti-government slogans and called for toppling the regime of the National Congress Party (NCP). "Calm down….You came to hear me not for me to hear you," a bemused Al-Mahdi said in response to them. "This is our way…If you...
(Sudan Tribune 07/01/13)
(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s minister of agriculture Abdel Halim al-Mutafi, announced that his government signed an agricultural cooperation agreement with Beijing which gives Chinese companies several options to operate in Sudan. According to the agreement Chinese companies could directly invest in Sudan, engage in partnerships with local partners, or fund agro-processing and food production projects. The accord aims at promoting Sudan self-sufficiency and exporting surpluses to China and the rest of the world to contribute to solving the world’s food shortage, the minister said. Al-Mutafi added in statements to Chinese media on the sidelines of the second session of the strategic dialogue between China and Sudan on Saturday that Sudan seeks to transfer the Chinese experience and advanced technologies to boost...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM ,(Reuters) - Thousands of Sudanese called for the overthrow of veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Saturday, spurred on by an opposition trying to stoke an Arab Spring style uprising. The opposition, capitalizing on anger over soaring food prices and corruption, has threatened to stage mass protests to topple Bashir within 100 days. The uprisings that shook the Arab world have passed Sudan by as the security forces usually break up the frequent small street protests by students before they have a chance to spread. But on Saturday, several thousand people - possibly as many as 10,000, according to witnesses - rallied in a square in Khartoum's twin city Omdurman, the biggest rally in years. Echoing the language heard...
(Sudan Tribune 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM) - The opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) has warned today against the dangers of the proposed amendments to the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) law which allows for referring civilians to military courts? The PCP’s secretary of human rights Hassan Abdallah Hussein at a press conference on Sunday accused the government of exercising “selective justice” and “militarization of the judiciary” by depriving civilians of their right to appear before regular judge. He expressed fear that security forces and police would follow suit, warning of the negative impact of those amendments on the national judiciary. This week the Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein said that the changes were introduced after reviewing similar laws in other nations including the United States...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM/JUBA, South Sudan said on Sunday it had shipped its first oil cargo through Sudan to international markets since 2011, while its vice president visited Khartoum to defuse a row that threatened the cross-border flows vital to both. Sudan told its landlocked African neighbour three weeks ago it would close the two cross-border export pipelines to Port Sudan within two months unless Juba gave up supporting rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan, which needs to export oil through Sudan, denies the claims. In a previous dispute over pipeline fees, South Sudan in January 2012 shut down its entire output of around 300,000 barrels per day, but both agreed in March to resume the flow. South Sudan's information minister,...
(The Associated Press 07/01/13)
KHARTOUM (AFP) – South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar arrived in the Sudanese capital on Sunday seeking to ease tensions after Khartoum threatened to halt oil flows worth billions of dollars to both impoverished neighbours. Machar landed at the airport in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent reported, and was to head immediately to a conference hall on the banks of the Blue Nile for talks with his northern counterparts. Shipments from Sudan of South Sudanese oil resumed about nine days ago after resolution of a year-long fee dispute, and despite uncertainty after President Omar al-Bashir ordered the oil flow stopped. The landlocked South voted to split from Sudan two years ago, under a peace deal which ended a 22-year civil war...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Global post 06/28/13)
Shipments of South Sudanese oil from Sudan have resumed after resolution of a year-long fee dispute, a senior petroleum ministry official said Thursday, despite uncertainty after President Omar al-Bashir ordered the oil flow stopped. "The first shipment already left" from the Port Sudan terminal, Awad Elkarim Mohammed, undersecretary at the oil ministry, told AFP. The load departed around June 21 but Mohammed said he was not sure who bought it. "It is exported from South Sudan's oil field," he said. South Sudan halted its crude production early last year after accusing Khartoum of theft in a row over export fees. China was the biggest buyer of the oil. The South split from Sudan two years ago following a referendum vote...
(Sudan Tribune 06/28/13)
(KHARTOUM) - A senior opposition figure on Thursday expressed doubts about the call by the National Umma Party (NUP) for a sit-in this weekend saying that the party’s chief al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has a history of undermining any efforts aimed at toppling the regime dominated by the National Congress Party (NCP). The largest opposition party has called on its supporters across the country to attend a rally to be addressed by al-Mahdi on Saturday afternoon in a yard close to the NUP headquarters in Sudan’s twin capital of Omdurman. Al-Mahdi and other NUP leaders are set to fly in to Khartoum from Cairo on Friday where he was visiting. This Sunday will mark 24 years since the 1989 military coup against...
(Africa Review 06/28/13)
Up to 54 per cent of Sudanese wish to leave their country, a study released Wednesday has disclosed. Conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Qatar, the report reveals that out of those seeking to leave, 79 per cent were unhappy with their living conditions; 5 per cent security reasons and 4 per cent would prefer a better political climate. Already, about 25,000 Sudanese left the country in 2013, official data indicates, a figure that civil society contests, putting it at around 90,000. “Sudan ranked first among countries included in the report such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Yemen, Kuwait and Libya” the fresh study says. Most of the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/28/13)
Khartoum — Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie said China is close to the dialogue between Khartoum and Juba on the implementation of cooperation agreements signed by the two countries last year . Sudanese presidential assistant and vice chairman of ruling National Congress Party Nafie Ali Nafie. Nafie who is visiting China since Monday acknowledged that the Chinese special envoy for African affairs Zhong Jianhua was in Khartoum recently to discuss Khartoum's decision to stop the exportation of the South Sudanese crude within 60, if Juba does not stop its alleged support to rebel groups. In a press conference held Wednesday in Changzhou, southern China, the Sudanese official told reporters that the Chinese envoy who also was in Juba and...
(Sudan Tribune 06/28/13)
(KHARTOUM) - The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) affirmed its position on the contested border regions of Abyei with South Sudan and Halayeb with Egypt saying that both are considered Sudanese territories. In a meeting with Sudanese expatriates in China, the NCP’s external relations officer Ibrahim Ghandour said that Khartoum will not compromise or bargain on any inch of land belonging to it. Ghandour also stressed that any attempt to hold a referendum in Abyei without the participation of the Arab Misseriya tribe will not work adding that history and geography proves that the oil-rich region is part of Sudan. South Sudan split from its northern neighbor in 2011 under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war...
(The Star 06/28/13)
JUBA: South Sudan expects a first oil shipment of 1 million barrels to sail from Sudan's Port Sudan terminal on Saturday, despite a threat from Khartoum to halt cross-border flows, its oil minister said on Thursday. A trading source told Reuters the first ships had been already loaded in Port Sudan. That oil will likely come from China National Petroleum Corp, which runs the oilfields with India's ONCG Videsh and Malaysia's Petronas in South Sudan. Sudan notified its landlocked neighbour to the south two weeks ago it would close the two export pipelines to Port Sudan within two months unless Juba gave up its support of rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan, which needs to export its oil...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/13)
(Reuters) - South Sudan expects a first oil shipment of 1 million barrels to sail from Sudan's Port Sudan terminal on Saturday, despite a threat from Khartoum to halt cross-border flows, its oil minister said on Thursday. Sudan notified its landlocked neighbour to the south two weeks ago it would close the two export pipelines to Port Sudan within two months unless Juba gave up its support of rebels operating across the shared border. South Sudan, which needs to export its oil through Sudan, denies the claims. The country had in January 2012 shut down its entire output of around 300,000 bpd in a row with Sudan over pipeline fees, but both agreed to resume pumping in March. Khartoum has...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/13)
KHARTOUM — Fighting between two Arab tribes vying for control of a gold mine has killed around 50 people in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, a tribal leader and a U.N. source said on Thursday. The clashes erupted on Wednesday, pitting the Bani Hussein against the Rizeigat, tribal groups which began fighting in January over the use of the gold mine near El Sireaf in North Darfur, Masar al-Duma Atim, a Bani Hussein leader, told Reuters. “Between 40 and 50 people were killed in El Sireaf on Wednesday,” he said. “They attacked us at 9 a.m.” A U.N. source said 54 members of the Bani Hussein had been killed and 24 wounded when Rizeigat tribesmen attacked them while they were grazing...

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