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Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

South Sudan opposition seeks 6-month extension on peace deal

Apr. 21, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. Opposition deputy chairman Henry Odwar told The...

Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

Apr. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government as the new rulers announced the arrests of former president Omar...

Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison

Apr. 17, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the country's capital as hundreds of people marched Wednesday to a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, calling for a quick handover of power to a civilian leadership. The significance of...

Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan visit

Apr. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Mia Farrow will never forget the day she watched a baby die in her mother's arms. "It was a little girl staring at her mother and finally she just stopped breathing. I just moved away and listened to the mother's cry," the actress and human rights activist told The Associated Press...

In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds

Apr. 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan's main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth. "She died while holding my hand," said Aber Evaline, hanging her head. Her patient was one of more than 40 women who died in...

Sudan's upheaval brings fears for South Sudan's peace deal

Apr. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at peace after five years of civil war. Amid the laughter and applause on the streets of South Sudan's capital,...

Sudan leader's iron grip finally slips amid protests

Apr. 11, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — He was the world's only sitting head of state wanted for genocide. He lost a third of his country, a quarter of its population and most of its oil resources when South Sudan broke away. Yet Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, who came to power in a military coup in 1989, was able to keep his grip on...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders to encourage peace

Apr. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked...

A timeline of key events in rule of Sudan's al-Bashir

Apr. 11, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After 30 years in power, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was arrested and deposed by the military on Thursday, following nearly four months of protests against his rule. The army has also taken over the country for the next two years and imposed a three-month state of emergency, plunging the...