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Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin poses for a portrait after taking the oath as Minister of Defense at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The ceremony came more than two months after the death of the former defense chief and amid tensions with neighboring Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudan appoints new defense chief amid tensions with Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday swore in a new defense minister more that two months after the death of the former defense chief and amid tensions with neighboring Ethiopia. Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin was sworn in before Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, according to a...

Ethiopia and Sudan urge cooperation to stop border violence

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions. For its part, Sudan's military says that the two countries should deploy a joint force to patrol the border to prevent any violence. The statements...

Sudan summons Ethiopia’s envoy over cross-border attack

May. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia's military. Thursday’s attack in the eastern province of al-Qadarif killed at least one officer and one...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. A statement from Hamdok’s office says deadly tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's South Darfur province that erupted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and continued into Wednesday have since subsided. (AP Photo, File)

Sudan to establish police force to protect health workers

May. 23, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional authorities are working to create a police force to protect health facilities, the prime minister's office said Saturday, as attacks against health workers and hospitals increase amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move came after doctors across the country threatened...

People shop in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week, Muslims all around the world are trying to work out how to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam's holiest month. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq faces full local lockdowns as virus cases jump

May. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will impose a complete lockdown on some areas of the capital, the country's new health minister said on Monday, amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in recent weeks since curfew hours were relaxed. The new government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn into power just two...

A head-to-toe veiled woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus walks in Tajrish neighborhood in northern Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Authorities have canceled ceremonies marking the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic over COVID-19 disease concerns, which underscored Iranian officials' expectation that the virus crisis will continue for several more weeks. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran lets some Tehran businesses reopen after virus lockdown

Apr. 18, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran allowed some businesses in the capital and nearby towns to re-open Saturday after weeks of lockdown aimed at containing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Israel also announced an easing of its own lockdown measures. Iran was slow to respond to the pandemic and...

This image released by World Press Photo on Thursday April 16, 2020, taken by Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse, won the World Press Photo of the Year award, and the first prize in the General News Singles category, a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites protest poetry while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June 2019. (Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse/World Press Photo via AP)

Sudan protest image wins prestigious World Press Photo award

Apr. 16, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An emotion-charged photo of a young man illuminated by cellphone lights as he recites poetry amid a crowd of protesters calling for civilian rule in Sudan won the prestigious World Press Photo award on Thursday. The image, titled “Straight Voice,” was captured by...

Two people walk past an area meant for hundreds to wait for screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in SeaTac, Wash. Flights at the usually busy airport have dropped from up to 1,300 a day to about 400 each day. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: UN's Guterres: Africa could see virus spread

Apr. 16, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General urges Africa to prepare for spread of...

A man in Hyderabad, India watches on his mobile phone Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech about COVID-19 situation, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Modi has extended the world’s largest coronavirus lockdown hoping to head off the epidemic's peak as officials race to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

The Latest: India PM extends lockdown two weeks to May 3

Apr. 14, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India PM extends lockdown to May 3, with some easing...