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FILE - In this April 21, 2007 file photo, a Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) protest in Kilgoris, Kenya. The World Health Organization says the practice constitutes an

Sudan ratifies law criminalizing female genital mutilation

Jul. 10, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling body ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry announced Friday, handing the movement for women’s rights in the African country a long-sought victory. The Sovereign Council passed a set of sweeping amendments to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan’s transitional government has announced a major Cabinet reshuffle, hoping to defuse public discontent over collapse of the economy and other crises that have tested the country’s path toward democracy. Hamdok on Thursday, July 9, 2020 accepted the resignation of six ministers, including the finance minister who has been faulted for failing to rescue the plunging economy. (AP Photo, File)

Sudan reshuffles government, hoping to appease protesters

Jul. 9, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government announced a major Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, hoping to defuse public discontent over economic collapse and other crises that have tested the country’s path toward democracy. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok accepted the resignation of six...

Sudan protesters remain camped in Darfur, seeking security

Jul. 5, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese government delegation arrived Sunday in Central Darfur province for talks with hundreds of protesters camped outside a government building demanding better security conditions, state media said. Comprised mostly of internally displaced persons and refugees, the week-long protest...

FILE - In this April 21, 2007 file photo, a Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) protest in Kilgoris, Kenya. The World Health Organization says the practice constitutes an

Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution

Jul. 2, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — It’s been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali’s mind. The women pinned her down on a bed. She was maybe 5 1/2 or 6 years old. Holding her knees, they spread her legs open, her genitals exposed. At the time, she didn’t fully understand what...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, then Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Sudanese protesters returned to the streets to pressure transitional authorities, demanding justice for those killed in the uprising last year that led to the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Ghandour, head of the now dissolved National Congress Party, was arrested Monday from his Khartoum home, the party said in a statement. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Protesters return to Sudan streets, calling for more reforms

Jun. 30, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters returned to the streets Tuesday to pressure transitional authorities, demanding justice for those killed in the uprising last year that led to the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. For the most part, the demonstrations passed peacefully, but...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, people gather as they celebrate first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the United States, Germany and France have pledged hundreds of millions in aid to Sudan. The funds are intended to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of its long-time autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir.(AP Photo, File)

Donors pledge $1.8 billion for Sudan's democratic transition

Jun. 25, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Western and Arab countries pledged a total $1.8 billion in aid to Sudan on Thursday to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of the country's longtime autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir. The pledges from 40 countries, including an additional...

IMF says initial deal reached with Sudan to reform economy

Jun. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it reached an initial agreement with Sudan’s transitional government on a reform deal to help the African nation face daunting economic challenges that threaten its transition to democracy, even as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. The...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2004 file photo, Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan, during a visit by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

Alleged Darfur militia leader appears before ICC judge

Jun. 15, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged Sudanese militia leader charged with more than 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur conflict appeared Monday before a judge at the International Criminal Court for the first time since his transfer to the court last week, and said the charges...

In this May 13, 2020 photo released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), UN nurses at the Mission's hospital in Zalingei, central Darfur check medical equipment as part of preparedness and precautionary measures amid COVID-19, in Sudan.  In the sprawling refugee camps of Sudan's Darfur, officials say people are falling sick and dying at astonishing rates. Humanitarian workers and medical personnel believe the coronavirus is spreading unchecked and untracked through Sudan’s most marginalized territory. (UNAMID via AP)

Spike in deaths in Darfur points to virus' invisible spread

Jun. 14, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In the sprawling camps for the displaced of Darfur, the war-scarred western region of Sudan, officials say the elderly are falling sick and dying at astonishing rates. In North Darfur’s provincial capital of El Fasher, some say they scroll through a dozen death announcements each day:...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2004 file photo, Sudanese displaced women gather at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan, during a visit by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, authorities said Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to hand over ex-leader to court

Jun. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called the surrender of Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb to the war crimes tribunal “a pivotal development” for victims awaiting justice and urged Sudan to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir and two...