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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...

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

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...

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...

US Orders Personnel Out of Sudan
US Orders
Out of Sudan

US Orders Personnel Out of Sudan

Protesters defy military-imposed curfew

(Newser) - The US State Department has ordered all non-essential US government workers to leave Sudan, following the Sudanese military's ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after months of escalating public protests against his repressive 30-year rule. The announcement also recommended that US citizens not travel to the troubled African nation, citing...

Report: Sudan's al-Bashir Out, All Political Prisoners Freed

President reportedly forced from power after 30 years

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Sudanese made their way to the center of the country's capital on Thursday, cheering and clapping in celebration as two senior officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power. The circumstances of al-Bashir's...

Sudan Asks Russia for Protection From US

The Sudanese president accused the US of 'aggressive actions'

(Newser) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on a visit to Russia Thursday that his country needs protection from the US and could serve as a gateway to Africa for Moscow, the AP reports. Al-Bashir, speaking at the start of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort...

Sudan Retaliates Against the US
Sudan Retaliates
Against the US

Sudan Retaliates Against the US

It freezes negotiations with US after White House postpones sanctions move

(Newser) - Sudan on Wednesday announced it was freezing negotiations with the United States in retaliation for the Trump administration's move to postpone permanently lifting US sanctions on the African country. Earlier, Washington said it wanted more time to determine whether the government of President Omar al-Bashir had made enough progress...

Sudan's Leader Evades Arrest Once Again— via Private Jet

Leader is wanted by ICC for war crimes

(Newser) - For six years and counting, Omar al-Bashir has evaded arrest and a trial at the International Criminal Court on genocide and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the Darfur conflict , and it appears he may have slipped through the cracks again—this time in South Africa. The Sudanese leader was...

South Sudan: This Means War
 South Sudan: This Means War 

South Sudan: This Means War

President Salva Kiir says Sudan's attacks amount to declaration of war

(Newser) - As far as South Sudan is concerned, Omar al-Bashir has crossed the Rubicon. In a meeting today with Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said it was "a very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbor in Khartoum has declared war,"...

Clooney Arrested at Sudan Protest

Actor's father, others also arrested by Secret Service

(Newser) - George Clooney and his father Nick were arrested today at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. They and others, including Democratic US Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy....

Clooney Testifies: 'Campaign of Murder' in Sudan

Actor goes before Congress after trip to troubled country

(Newser) - George Clooney, long an advocate for Sudan , testified before Congress today about the "campaign of murder" being carried out in the country. Clooney just returned from a trip to the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, where he says villagers hide from daily bombings. "We found children filled with...

Sudan Says JEM Rebel Chief Khalil Ibrahim Killed
 Sudan Says Rebel Chief Killed 

Sudan Says Rebel Chief Killed

Death of JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim would be key victory

(Newser) - The Sudanese army said it killed the leader of the main Darfur rebel group in fighting today and touted his death as a key victory. The army said Khalil Ibrahim, who led the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement, or JEM, was killed during a military offensive in North Kordofan state...

Who's Left on World's Most Wanted List
 Who's Left on World's 
 Most Wanted List? 
with mladic captured...

Who's Left on World's Most Wanted List?

Sudanese president, al-Qaeda deputy make the cut

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden is dead. Ratko Mladic was captured in Serbia today, striking another name from the world's most wanted list. So who's left? AP takes a look at the war criminals and terrorists still out of reach:
  • Omar al-Bashir: The president of Sudan is wanted for crimes

North Sudan Troops Get 'Green Light' to Attack South

Gunman also fire on UN helicopters

(Newser) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has given Northern Sudan troops the “green light” to attack their southern counterparts at will if they feel threatened, as the dispute over the Abyei border region threatens to balloon into a full-scale civil war in the soon-to-be-divided nation. Northern tanks rolled into the fertile...

Sudan's Prez Certifies South's Secession

President Bashir accepts southern referendum

(Newser) - Handed final voting results that showed roughly 99% of Sudan's south wanted to secede, President Omar al-Bashir today agreed to allow part of his country to become its own nation, the New York Times reports. The vote, held last month, reflected years of exploitation and civil war between the Islamic...

Obama, Earn Your Peace Prize in Sudan
 Obama, Earn Your 
 Peace Prize in Sudan 

Obama, Earn Your Peace Prize in Sudan

President must find a way to prevent another war

(Newser) - Finally, President Obama has a chance to earn that Nobel Peace Prize. "He can prevent war from igniting in Sudan," suggests the Christian Science Monitor in an editorial. Sudan "is again on a knife-edge. A referendum is scheduled for Jan. 9 in which the oil-rich south is...

Obama Sets Softer Sudan Policy
 Obama Sets Softer Sudan Policy 

Obama Sets Softer Sudan Policy

(Newser) - Though Obama advocated a confrontational approach to Sudan on the campaign trail, his administration will announce a somewhat soft policy toward the country on Monday. Ending months of internal wrangling, the policy is designed use to "pressure and incentives" to bend the government to address US concerns over the...

Female UN Worker in Sudan Wears Pants, Faces Flogging

(Newser) - A local woman working for the United Nations in Sudan has been charged with wearing “clothing causing harassment to the public sentiments” and could be flogged 40 times tomorrow for the crime, the Washington Post reports. Lubna Ahmed Hussein and 12 other women were rounded up earlier this month...

Angelina: UN Must Take a Stand on Darfur

Jolie writes for Time magazine

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie argues in a Time essay that it's put-up-or-shut-up time for the UN on Darfur. The Security Council will receive a report today on the nation's genocide under the watch of Omar al Bashir, and its response will determine whether the idea of an "international standard of justice"...

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