Wednesday 23 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/22/17)
Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely "massive floods" as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt. Almost 75 percent of the water in the Nile is brought by the Blue Nile, which swells every year during the rainy season in Ethiopia. "Water levels of Blue Nile and the Nile are rising, and today the level of the Nile reached its highest in 100 years in Khartoum," the irrigation ministry said in a...
(Sudan Tribune 08/22/17)
A Sudanese court Monday condemned a journalist and his newspaper for criticizing the national police and ordered them to pay a fine. The Press Court in Khartoum fined five thousand pounds on the independent Al-Tayyar newspaper for publishing an opinion article written by Suheir Abdel Rahim, a journalist, and columnist at the newspaper. Abdel Rahim wrote a column commenting on a news story published by the local press about the efforts of the police to capture thieves who used to steal shoes at the mosques of the capital. In Islam, shoes have to be taken off and be left outside the prayer hall. She further called on the pursue the thieves of public money and those involved in corruption cases...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
A UN official on Monday called on donors to provide more assistance to Sudan after the world body received only a fraction of the $804 million it needs for humanitarian aid. Marta Ruedas, the UN resident humanitarian coordinator, told a news conference in Khartoum that only 23 percent of the humanitarian aid for Sudan in 2017 had been raised. The United Nations and its aid agencies had so far managed to raise only about $182 million, she said. "We look...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country. Sirte was a stronghold for Islamic State from 2015-2016, when Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes ousted the ultra-hardline group. Hundreds of foreign militants joined Islamic State in Sirte. Dozens of women and children detained towards the end of the fighting...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
US to decide on October 12 whether to permanently lift two-decade sanctions on Sudan Deputy Commander of U.S.-African Command for Civil-Military Engagement (AFRICOM), Alexander M. Laskaris, arrived in Khartoum early Wednesday for talks with Sudanese officials. He engaged in direct talks with Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Ibn Ouf and other senior officials following his arrival, the Sudanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. The U.S. embassy said Laskaris will discuss areas of cooperation between Washington and Khartoum as well as ways of improving security in the region. "The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss a range of key areas of mutual interest including Sudan’s continued progress
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north. The Anglican church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead. Sunday's ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican communion's 38 member churches -- known as provinces -- and six other branches known as extra provincials. Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday urged for protection of Christians and peaceful co-existence between the Christians and Muslims in Sudan. The archbishop made the remarks when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received him in Khartoum Sunday. "We talked about the protection of Christians and listened carefully to his excellency as he explained the good relations, the co-habitation, even within families between Christians and Muslims," Welby told reporters following his meeting with President al-Bashir. "We spoke about sanctions, and of...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people this weekend, tribal leaders told AFP on Sunday. The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished. The clashes between the Arab Maaliya and Rizeigat tribes came months after a similar clash left at least nine dead. The two tribes have a...
(APA 07/21/17)
Sudanese foreign minister Abraheam Ghandour on Friday welcomed the annual report of US State Department which declared that Sudan has improved its cooperation with the US and regional partners to combat terrorism. "It's the first time after 20 years that a clear report came out to indicate that the Sudan's record is free from supporting terrorism", Ghandour said in a press statement. The minister further said the Trump administration has vowed to lift sanctions on Sudan in October, as the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
The Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the American sanctions have affected the Sudanese citizen, harmed the poorest people in the country, including women and children and violated the right of the Sudanese people for development and getting clean water. At a press conference he held Thursday at the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Ghandour pointed out that the decision of the US administration extending time of the sanctions on Sudan will encourage the armed movements to continue hostilities and obstinacy...
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
The Council of Ministers reviewed in its regular meeting Thursday, chaired by the First Vice - President of the Republic and National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, a report on the US administration's decision extending the sanctions period until October 12. The report was presented by the Foreign Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour. In a press statement, the spokesman of the Council of Ministers, Dr. Omer Mohamed Salih, said that the report stated that all the issued agreed upon...
(Sudan News Agency 07/13/17)
Al-Fashir - The Office of Development Services Partners (PDS) in cooperation with the Maamoun Behairi Center for Economic and Social Studies and Research in Africa organized Thursday a training session on enhancement of gender participation in peace and economic activities at the Station of Agricultural Corporation in Al-Fashir. The session targeted the Directors of the Agricultural Research Corporations in Darfur States, the United Nations organizations and the Directors-General of the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation. The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation...
(Voice of America 07/12/17)
Sudan is asking the United States to permanently scrap 24-year-old sanctions, warning that the country could fall back into war if the sanctions are reapplied. The Obama administration temporarily lifted the sanctions in January, tying their permanent removal to a series of conditions imposed on Sudan, including enhanced counterterrorism cooperation with the U.S., unhindered access for aid groups, and a cessation of conflict between armed groups in Sudan. On Wednesday, the removal of sanctions will become permanent unless the Trump...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(Sudan News Agency 07/12/17)
The Minister of International Cooperation Idris Suleiman discussed, at his ministry's Office Wednesday, with the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Agencies in Sudan Ms. Marta Radius the aspects of joint development cooperation between Sudan and United Nations agencies. The meeting was fruitful, in which several development projects that could benefit Sudan were discussed within the context of the United Nations Development Assistance for the development of the center and the states, said Sumaya O'kud, the State Minister at the...
(APA 07/11/17)
A court in Sudan on Monday convicted a top Sudanese activist and journalist, Amal Habani, who was found guilty and fined 10 million Sudanese pounds, or for four months if she fails to pay the fine. Habani, who is a known women’s rights defender in Sudan, was accused of “harmful publishing.” Winner of Amnesty International USA's 2015 Ginetta Sagan Award, Habani was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) last year, when covering the trial of five civil...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
A Sudanese court Monday ordered award-winning journalist Amal Habani to pay a fine or face jail time in a case where a security officer accused her of preventing him from doing his job. Habani, winner of an Amnesty International prize for reporting on human rights in Sudan, was ordered to pay 10,000 Sudanese pounds ($1,430) or face a jail term of four months. The court found her guilty in a case filed by a security officer who accused her of...

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