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Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy

Sep. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court's decision to send five young artists to prison has stirred controversy both in Sudan and abroad, with activists and rights groups calling for judicial reforms following last year's pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The artists —...

FILE - This April 16, 2015 file photo, shows a general view of the historic Meroe pyramids site, in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan.  A leading archaeologist says the floodwaters have already entered the ancient royal city of the Kushite kings known as the Island of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  .(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Sudan floods kill over 100, threaten archaeological site

Sep. 11, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Flash floods in Sudan have killed more than 100 people this summer and inundated over 100,000 houses, threatening even a famous archaeological site near the capital of Khartoum and compounding the country's already dire economic situation, officials said. The floodwaters this week entered the...

A man carries belongings as he wades through of a flooded road in the town of Shaqilab, about (25 km) southwest of the capital, Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudan declares state of emergency over deadly floods

Sep. 5, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities declared their country a natural disaster area and imposed a three-month state of emergency across the country after rising floodwaters and heavy rainfall killed around 100 people and inundated over 100,000 houses since late July. The announcement was made late Friday...

Floods in Sudan hit capital hard, over 90 dead nationwide

Aug. 30, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rising floodwaters have hit Sudan's capital of Khartoum hard in recent days, as weeks of heavy flooding nationwide left at least 90 people dead and destroying tens of thousands of homes, the country's Interior Ministry said Sunday. Sudan's military said it deployed troops to help evacuate...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the ruling sovereign council, in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Pompeo is the most senior U.S. official to visit the African country since last year’s ouster of its autocratic leader, Omar al-Bashir. Pompeo’s visit Tuesday is meant to discuss the normalization of ties between Sudan and Israel and also show U.S. support for the country’s fragile transition to democracy. (Sudanese Cabinet via AP)

Pompeo in Sudan visit pushes normalizing ties with Israel

Aug. 25, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Sudan on Tuesday to push for normalizing ties with Israel, building on momentum from the recent historic agreement to establish relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Sudanese transitional government said, however, that it does...

Pompeo arrives in Khartoum to discuss the possibility of Sudan normalizing ties with Israel, removal from US terror list

Aug. 25, 2020 5:55 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Pompeo arrives in Khartoum to discuss the possibility of Sudan normalizing ties with Israel, removal from US terror list.
Sudanese protesters march to the Cabinet’s headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The protesters returned to the streets Monday to pressure transitional authorities for more reforms, a year after a power-sharing deal between the pro-democracy movement and the generals. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudanese demand reforms a year after deal with generals

Aug. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters returned to the streets Monday to call for more reforms a year after a power-sharing deal between the pro-democracy movement and the generals. Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow former autocratic President Omar...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.  Pope Francis on Saturday, Aug. 15,  urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue their talks to resolve a years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has resulted in sharp regional tensions and led some to fear military conflict.(AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

Pope urges Nile states to continue talks over disputed dam

Aug. 15, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue talks to resolve their years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has led to sharp regional tensions and fears of military conflict. Francis, speaking to a crowd gathered at St....

This satellite image shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 hailed the first filling of the massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia return to talks over disputed dam

Aug. 3, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said. The talks came a day after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the...

Truck smashes into bus in north Sudan, killing at least 13

Jul. 31, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A speeding truck trying to overtake a car crashed into a passenger bus on a highway in northern Sudan on Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, authorities. Sudanese police said the accident happened near the village of Dongola on the Nile River, around 500 miles north of the capital,...