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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...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, provided by the official SUNA news agency, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, center right, head of Sudan's sovereign council, is greeted by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center left, as Sudan's new transitional government kicks off peace talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars, in Juba, South Sudan. The Sudan Revolutionary Front, a rebel alliance, and Sudan’s transitional authorities signed a peace deal Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, following months of negotiations in Juba. But other powerful armed groups have thus far declined to join them. (SUNA via AP, File)

Sudanese government, key rebel group to restart peace talks

Sep. 4, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government and a powerful rebel group that controls large swaths of the country’s restive south said Friday they have agreed to resume peace talks, a development that boosts hopes of ending the country's decades-long civil wars. The commitment comes days after the...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, provided by the official SUNA news agency, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, center right, head of Sudan's sovereign council, is greeted by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center left, as Sudan's new transitional government kicks off peace talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars, in Juba, South Sudan. The Sudan Revolutionary Front, a rebel alliance, and Sudan’s transitional authorities signed a peace deal Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, following months of negotiations in Juba. But other powerful armed groups have thus far declined to join them. (SUNA via AP, File)

Sudan, rebel alliance reach deal in ongoing peace efforts

Aug. 31, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel alliance signed a peace deal on Monday following months of tortuous negotiations aimed at ending the country’s decades-long civil wars, but other powerful armed groups have thus far declined to join them. The deal was...

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...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make joint statements to the press after their meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Pompeo, in Mideast, hopes for improved Israel-Arab ties

Aug. 24, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said he hoped other Arab countries would soon establish diplomatic relations with Israel as he kicked off a Mideast tour to build on the momentum of the recent U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Pompeo spoke during...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a man holds the daily Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper fronted by a picture of President Donald Trump, at a coffee shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. The agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties comes as little surprise to those closely following the nuances of Middle East politics, and Trump administration’s almost single-minded push to broker a deal of this kind without a resolution first to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Sudan fires FM spokesman after comments on peace with Israel

Aug. 19, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Wednesday fired the spokesman for the foreign ministry, a day after he remarked that the African country was looking forward to making a peace deal with Israel. The development comes after last week's bombshell announcement of a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and Transportation Minister Miri Regev, left, tour Ben-Gurion Airport and are briefed on preparations for the resumption of flights, 20 km (12 mi)  southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel. (Emil Salman/Haaretz Pool via AP)

Officials say Israel, Sudan close to peace agreement

Aug. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Sudan on Tuesday said they are close to reaching a peace agreement — setting the stage for a possible second dramatic diplomatic breakthrough for Israel with its Arab neighbors in a matter of days. A Sudanese Foreign Ministry official announced that his government is...

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...

More tribal clashes in Sudanese port city; death toll at 25

Aug. 12, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes that have gripped a Sudanese port city over the past three days have killed at least 25 people and wounded scores, a doctors’ association said on Wednesday. The fighting in Port Sudan in the eastern province of Red Sea erupted earlier this week between the Beni Amer tribe...