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Woman's 'Death by Stoning' Sentence Rattles Activists

It's the first such sentence in Sudan in nearly a decade

(Newser) - An October military coup in Sudan may have shifted the movement on women's rights there, and not in a good way. A 20-year-old woman arrested in White Nile state last month and charged with adultery has now heard her fate: death by stoning, the first known sentence like it...

More Than 15K Sheep Drown When Ship Sinks

Official says they likely 'could have been rescued'

(Newser) - Most of the 15,800 sheep aboard a livestock vessel died when the ship sank early Sunday in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin. The animals were being exported from Sudan to Saudi Arabia at the time, the Guardian reports. All crew members aboard the ship survived. The head...

Sudan's Prime Minister Steps Down
Prime Minister
of Sudan Steps Down

Prime Minister of Sudan Steps Down

Abdalla Hamdok announces resignation amid protests

(Newser) - Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation Sunday amid political deadlock and widespread pro-democracy protests following a military coup that derailed the country’s fragile transition to democratic rule, the AP reports. Hamdok, a former UN official seen as the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, had...

Prime Minister Reaches Deal With Military

Hamdok will be reinstated after Sudan's coup, but pro-democracy groups oppose the deal

(Newser) - Sudan's deposed prime minister signed a deal with the military on Sunday that will see him reinstated, almost a month after a military coup put him under house arrest. A key pro-democracy group that has mobilized dozens of protests had dismissed the deal as "a form of betrayal....

Troops Fatally Fire Into Pro-Democracy Protesters

At least 5 demonstrators are killed in Sudan

(Newser) - Sudanese security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas on Saturday to disperse protesters denouncing the military's tightening grip on the country, killing at least five and wounding several, activists said. The violence came as thousands of pro-democracy protesters yet again took to the streets across Sudan to rally...

Protesters Chanted 'Revolution!' 2 Were Shot Dead, Group Says

Doctors union says Sudan security forces killed 2 amid demonstrations against recent military coup

(Newser) - Sudanese security forces shot dead two people Saturday during mass protests against the country's recent military coup, a doctors union said. The shootings came despite repeated appeals by the West to Sudan's new military rulers to show restraint and allow peaceful protests, per the AP . During the protests,...

US Warns It Will Pull Aid to Sudan After Apparent Coup

PM Abdalla Hamdok reportedly arrested, taken to an undisclosed location

(Newser) - Update: It wasn't clear early Monday whether military forces surrounding the home of the Sudanese prime minister were protecting him or going after him, but the nation's Ministry of Information and Hamdok's economic adviser now say the PM has been arrested and whisked away in what CNN...

Think Egypt Has the Most Pyramids? Not So

A 'NYT' writer explores the Meroe pyramids of Sudan

(Newser) - Just days before parts of Europe entered lockdown, Italian photojournalist Alessio Mamo traveled to Sudan, where he managed to set eyes on a sight that many of the country's own people haven't been able to see: the pyramids of Meroe, a city that served as the Kingdom of...

After 27 Years, Sudan Is Off US Terror List

Country is now a 'peaceful nation supporting global stability'

(Newser) - A new era is dawning in Sudan, which has been taken off the US list of state sponsors of terrorism after 27 years. The US embassy in the capital, Khartoum, said Monday that 45 days had elapsed since President Trump gave Congress notice of the move, making delisting official, NPR...

Sudan to Recognize Israel After US Negotiates Deal
Trump Scores
Another Mideast Deal

Trump Scores Another Mideast Deal

Sudan will join Arab nations normalizing relations with Israel

(Newser) - President Trump said Friday that Sudan will normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the runup to Election Day. The deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to...

Sudan: a State Sponsor of Terror No More?

US proposal would free country from sanctions—at a price

(Newser) - The Trump administration has offered to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism—if the poverty-stricken country will fork over $330 million. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the proposal during a meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum on Tuesday, per the BBC , though...

This Is the World Press Photo of the Year

It 'summed up all the unrest across the globe of people wanting change'

(Newser) - A stirring image of protesters during Sudan's uprising last year has won the World Press Photo of the Year award. The closing date for entries was Jan. 24, before the coronavirus pandemic dominated world news. The winning photo, "Straight Voice" by AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, shows a protester...

Country's PM Survives Assassination Attempt

Blast targeted Sudan PM's convoy

(Newser) - Sudan's prime minister survived an assassination attempt on Monday after a blast in the capital, Khartoum, Sudanese state media said. Abdalla Hamdok's family confirmed he was safe following the explosion, which targeted his convoy. Sudanese state TV said Hamdok was heading to his office when the blast took...

Surprise Deal Is Bad News for a Brutal Former Dictator
Surprise Deal Is Bad News
for a Brutal Former Dictator
the rundown

Surprise Deal Is Bad News for a Brutal Former Dictator

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan may be handed over to a world court to face war crimes charges

(Newser) - A surprise development in Africa means an autocrat who ruled for decades might be handed over to a world court to face war crimes charges. Coverage:
  • Who: Omar al-Bashir, 76, ruled Sudan from 1989 until his ouster last year , and he did so with an "iron fist," per

Trump Issues New Travel Ban
Trump Issues
New Travel Ban

Trump Issues New Travel Ban

But critics decry the move as racist or nakedly political

(Newser) - President Trump has expanded his 2017 travel ban to include six more countries with sizeable Muslim populations, USA Today reports. Announced Friday, the new plan will block overseas visas for nationals of Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Eritrea, and keep people from Tanzania and Sudan from entering America via the diversity...

27 Sentenced to Death for Killing Sudan Protester

Those sentenced were members of the country's security forces

(Newser) - A Sudanese court on Monday sentenced 27 members of the country's security forces to death by hanging for torturing and killing a detained protester during the uprising against longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir earlier this year. The verdict, which can be appealed, was the first connected to the killing of...

Ex-Sudan Leader Sentenced to 2 Years in Rehab

Omar al-Bashir is convicted of money laundering, corruption

(Newser) - A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation facility. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who's also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of...

Protesters Increase Pressure on Military Rulers

Sudan's power-sharing negotiations collapsed

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan on Sunday to call for civilian rule, nearly three months after the army forced out long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The demonstrations came during a weekslong standoff between the ruling military council and protest leaders, the...

Shocking Moment in Sudan: 40 Bodies Pulled From Nile

More than 100 protesters have been killed in crackdown

(Newser) - Sudan's pro-democracy leaders vowed Thursday to press their campaign of civil disobedience until the ruling military council is ousted and killers of protesters are brought to justice, following a crackdown this week that killed scores of people. The pledge comes after new clashes brought the death toll in three...

Sudan Ousts Leader Tied to Genocide After 1 Day

One general is replaced by another after protests

(Newser) - The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to genocide after street rallies against him, giving the country its third different leader in three days. The military also said it wouldn't hand over ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court—where he...

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