Monday 24 July 2017
(APA 06/12/17)
The US Charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Stephen Kotsis, discussed with Sudanese undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Abdul Ghani Al-Naeem the East African country's efforts to restore security and stability in southern Sudan. The two countries' views coincided with the importance of supporting the peace efforts, reaching a ceasefire and the comprehensive solution, and supporting the efforts of IGAD to restore security and stability in the south, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareebullah Kheddir, on Monday. Kotsis expressed appreciation for the Sudan's efforts to stop the war, fighting and contributing to humanitarian aid in S/Sudan, according to a spokesman for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry. Sudanese President Omar Al-Beshir is due to fly to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday for the extraordinary...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(APA 06/12/17)
The United States has announced a 1.5 million dollars support for the demining programme in Sudan at a donors' and non-governmental organizations meeting on demining organized by the permanent mission of Sudan in Geneva on Saturday. Sudan has previously complained weak external funding as a challenge in carrying out the activity. Sudan’s permanent representative in Geneva, Mustafa Osman Ismail, said they are working to provide a safe environment and development in areas affected by mines and wars. According to the Sudan News Agency, the chairman of the Committee on Assistance and Cooperation of the Conference of the States Parties to the Mine Action Convention, called "Sachi", praised the level of information provided, as reflective of the extent of the commitment...
(APA 06/12/17)
Sudan president Oumar Al-bashir is scheduled to fly on Monday to Ethiopia to participate in Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meetings, according to a top government offical. The IGAD meeting on South Sudan will take place on Monday in Addis Ababa, said Abdul Ghani Al Neim, undersecretary of Sudan's foreign ministry. The official has stressed in a statement that the participation of Al-bashair in the summit reflects the particular attention the president placed on the situation in South Sudan and his continued efforts to end the war and achieve peace and stability.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the U.N. global goals, according to U.N. Women. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
Sudan on Monday offered to launch "reconciliation" efforts between Qatar and its neighbouring Gulf Arab countries that have cut diplomatic ties with Doha after accusing it of supporting extremism. Arab nations Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen announced earlier Monday that they were cutting all ties with Qatar, triggering the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years. Expressing its "deep concern", the Sudanese foreign ministry urged the leaders of these countries to stay calm and resolve the crisis. "Sudan is fully ready to undertake all efforts in order to achieve calm and reconciliation that would help serve the interests of the people of the region," the ministry said in a statement. "Sudan calls on...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
A prominent Sudanese human rights activist detained for several months has been charged with spying for foreign embassies, an offence punishable by death, a prosecutor said on Monday. 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. Prosecutor Babikir Abdel Latiff said that charges have been filed against Ibrahim Adam and that the activist will soon face trial. "He and some others are involved in running a criminal organisation and carrying out spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies in return for money," Abdel Latiff said in a statement. "They are also charged with publishing lies about (government forces) using chemical...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
China has lodged solemn representations to Zambia for detaining 31 Chinese nationals, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday. "China never defends illegal actions, but opposes 'selective' law-enforcement actions against its citizens overseas," Hua said at a routine press briefing. According to Hua, the 31 Chinese nationals, who were working for copper smelting Chinese companies in the African country, were detained by police of Zambia's Copperbelt province for suspected illegal purchasing of copper tailing raw materials. Hua said the Chinese Foreign Ministry lodged solemn representations to the Zambian embassy in Beijing on Sunday, urging the country to properly handle the issue and release the innocent as soon as possible. The Chinese embassy in Zambia has sent a working...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Sudan on Monday expressed concern over decision by some Arab countries to sever their ties with Qatar, calling for stoppage of escalation. The Foreign Ministry would like to express its deep concern over this unfortunate development among sisterly Arab countries which are dear to the hearts of the Sudanese people and the entire Arab nation," said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday. "Sudan, based on its role dictated by bonds of religion, blood and common history, calls for self-restraint and working to overcome the differences on bases of wisdom and keenness on the interests of the States and peoples of the Arab nation," it noted. Sudan further expressed full readiness to exert its utmost efforts and endeavors with...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the return of the Guantanamo Bay,...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
A prominent Sudanese human rights activist detained for several months has been charged with spying for foreign embassies, an offence punishable by death, a prosecutor said on Monday. 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. Prosecutor Babikir Abdel Latiff said that charges have been filed against Ibrahim Adam and that the activist will soon face trial. "He and some others are involved in running a criminal organisation and carrying out spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies in return for money," Abdel Latiff said in a statement. "They are also charged with publishing lies about (government forces) using chemical...
(AFP (eng) 06/02/17)
The United States and key world powers on Thursday urged Khartoum and a rebel group to end a renewed bout of fighting that has erupted in Sudan's war-torn Darfur after months of relative calm. The fighting in East and North Darfur states comes just weeks before Washington formally decides on whether to lift decades old trade sanctions imposed on Khartoum. The United States, Britain and Norway, the so-called troika of powers on Sudan, and the resident European Union embassies in Khartoum expressed "deep concern" over the latest round of fighting that began on May 20 between Sudanese forces and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement -- Minni Minawi group (SLM-MM). Khartoum says the fighting, which erupted after months of relative calm,...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Sudanese Health Minister Bahar Idris Abu Garada on Friday said that watery diarrhea has killed 265 people and infected 16,121 others in 11 states of Sudan since August 2016 until now. In a report to the Sudanese parliament, the minister warned against increase of watery diarrhea infections and deterioration of the health conditions, saying "we expect the worse with the rainy season." According to the minister's report, Sudan's White Nile State registered the highest rate of infection with the disease that reached 4,512 cases, attributing that to the fact that the state is neighboring South Sudan. Blue Nile State comes second with 4,471 infections and 12 deaths, followed by Sinnar State with 2,401 infections and 14 deaths, according to the...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
The United Nations asked the international community on Wednesday to donate 804 million U.S. dollars in 2017 for the displaced people and South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. The humanitarian community in Sudan launched on Wednesday the Multi-Year Humanitarian Strategy (MYHS) for 2017-2019 and the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 to address humanitarian needs in Sudan, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA). "In 2017, the total funding sought for humanitarian projects through HRP is 804 million dollars, to benefit some 4 million people," OCHA said. "Developed in close consultation with the government of Sudan, MYHS is the first of its kind
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has followed. This city of about 1 million has absorbed an additional 1 million people who fled the Islamist militants who burned their villages and kidnapped hundreds of children. In Maiduguri, the vast majority of the displaced aren’t living in U.N...
(AFP (eng) 05/30/17)
Sudan on Tuesday banned imports of Egyptian agricultural and animal products, state media reported, delivering a fresh blow to already tense relations between the two neighbours. Ties between Khartoum and Cairo have deteriorated in recent months after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence services of supporting opposition figures fighting his troops in the country's conflict zones like Darfur. "Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh has issued an order banning Egyptian agricultural and animal products, and importing of seeds from Egypt," the official SUNA news agency reported. "The order also bans Sudanese businessmen from using Egyptian territories for importing goods into Sudan."
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/17)
Private sector was urged to import agricultural and animal products directly from countries of origin, bypassing Egypt. Sudan's cabinet has approved a ban on importing agricultural and animal products from Egypt, according to Sudan's state news agency SUNA. The cabinet on Tuesday urged the private sector to import products directly from countries of origin, bypassing Egypt. A reason for the move was not publicised. Ahmed Abu Zeid, the spokesman for Egypt's foreign ministry, said Cairo was told the decision was due to "a technical procedure". Sudan banned all Egyptian agricultural goods in March.

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