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United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties

Dec. 4, 2019 1:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Sudan have agreed to upgrade their diplomatic ties by exchanging ambassadors for the first time in more than two decades, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The announcement of a return to ambassadorial-level representation after 23 years came as Sudan's...

Sudan overturns moral policing law, disbands ex-ruling party

Nov. 29, 2019 8:32 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government announced Friday it overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country’s former ruling party, fulfilling two major demands from the country’s pro-democracy...

UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent int’l help to Sudan

Nov. 25, 2019 6:39 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The top U.N. humanitarian official says Sudan has a historic opportunity to overcome years of bloody conflict and instability, but needs urgent international assistance. Mark Lowcock, the U.N. under-secretary general and emergency relief coordinator, spoke during his first visit to...

Group: Sudan crackdown may amount to crime against humanity

Nov. 18, 2019 6:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The deadly crackdown by Sudanese security forces against pro-democracy demonstrators last June may have amounted to a crime against humanity, a leading human rights group said Monday. In a 59-page report, Human Rights Watch urged Sudan’s new transitional government to carry out...

Sudanese officials: 6 troops killed in Yemeni rebel attack

Nov. 16, 2019 9:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Officials in Sudan said on Saturday an attack by Yemeni rebels killed six members of a Sudanese paramilitary force that’s been fighting in Yemen. Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition that includes the Sudanese forces have fought Yemen’s civil war to a stalemate....

Stuck on US terror list, Sudan turns to wealthy Gulf for aid

Nov. 6, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new prime minister has repeatedly urged the West to end his country's international pariah status. He says it's the only way to save the nation's fragile democratic transition from a plunging economy. In September, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he was expecting a "big...

Sudanese protests demand answers over June crackdown deaths

Nov. 3, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Sudan's capital and across the country on Sunday, demanding the disbanding of the former ruling party that underpinned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's three decades in power. The demonstrations were organized by local groups linked with the...

UN keeps Darfur peacekeepers but hopes for their departure

Oct. 31, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to keep the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur for another year in hopes the new civilian-led transitional government can restore peace, and the troops can be replaced by civilians who focus on the country's...

Sudan drawing down troops in Yemen in recent months

Oct. 30, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has recently drawn down its forces taking part in a Saudi-led coalition at war with Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen, two senior Sudanese officials said Wednesday. The UAE's military, meanwhile, said it pulled its troops from the southern port city of Aden and handed over the interim capital...

Putin courts Africa, offers to mediate Nile dam dispute

Oct. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects Thursday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit. He even offered to help mediate a growing water dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia....