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Officials: Sudanese defense minister dies of heart attack

Mar. 25, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s defense minister, Gen. Gamal al-Din Omar, died Wednesday of a heart attack while on an official visit to neighboring South Sudan, Sudanese military and government officials said Wednesday. He was 60. Omar was in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, taking part in peace talks...

A woman sews face masks at a furniture factory in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in their fight against the coronavirus the day after it was announced that South Africa will go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Thursday. For most people the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms . For others it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Africa cases over 2,000 as South Africa rushes into lockdown

Mar. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Customers started behaving oddly about a week ago, visibly dejected street vendor Frank Mojapelo said. Some were wary to exchange cash. Some backed away, or refused to touch him. Now, an unprecedented lockdown looms in South Africa over the coronavirus, with a country of 57 million...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 21, 2018 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  South Sudan rival leaders on Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, announced they have agreed to form a coalition government. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

South Sudan rival leaders agree to form coalition government

Feb. 20, 2020 10:44 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the deadline, a breakthrough after months of delays and a major step in the emergence from a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people in the...

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, two South Sudanese boys ride a donkey cart in Paloch, South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

Getting the story of South Sudan's devastating oil pollution

Feb. 13, 2020 9:09 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — Air so foul it is hard to take a deep breath. Toxic chemicals seeping into the earth. Mothers giving birth to disabled children. These are the suspected effects of the pollution from South Sudan's oil industry that I was determined to document. The people I spoke to in the...

FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends a ceremony for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey. A top Sudanese official said Monday, Feb. 11, 2020, that transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur. Since his ouster in April, al-Bashir has been in jail in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum over charges corruption and killing protesters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Official: Sudan to hand over al-Bashir for genocide trial

Feb. 11, 2020 4:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional authorities have agreed to hand over ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face trial on charges of war crimes and genocide, a top Sudanese official said Tuesday, in a deal with rebels to surrender all those wanted in connection with the...

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrives for the opening session of the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Topics on the table for discussion included the situations in Libya and Sudan, as well as President Donald Trump's Middle East initiative. (AP Photo)

South Sudan's leader wins dubious 'spoiler of peace' award

Feb. 10, 2020 10:42 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Monday was named the top “spoiler of peace” in a new award that seeks to shame him and others into taking serious steps to end bloody conflict in the world's youngest country. Kiir and rival leader Riek Machar are under growing...