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Protesters converge on Sudan defence ministry sit-in to demand civilian rule

Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening - the largest crowds to gather in the centre of the capital since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted and the military council took over last week. Protesters chanted "Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people" and "Civilian rule, civilian rule", and waved national flags. "We will remain in the street until power is handed to civilian authority," said 24-year-old protester Samia Abdallah.


Protesters converge on Sudan defense ministry sit-in to demand civilian rule

Huge crowds joined a protest outside Sudan's defense ministry on Thursday to demand that the country's transitional military council hand power to civilians, a Reuters witness said. The crowds were the largest since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted a week ago and the military council took over, with hundreds of thousands packing the streets in the center of the capital by early evening. Protesters chanted "Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people" and "Civilian rule, civil...


Uganda says it is willing to consider asylum for Sudan's ousted leader Bashir

"Uganda would not be apologetic at all for considering an application by Bashir," Okello Oryem, Uganda's state minister for foreign affairs, told Reuters in Kampala. Bashir, 75, who had ruled Sudan for 30 years after seizing power in a military coup, was toppled by the military last week after months of street protests. Bashir faces an International Criminal Court arrest warrant over the death of an estimated 300,000 people during an insurgency in Sudan's western Darfur region over a decade ag...
Tags: Science, Uganda, International criminal court, Sudan, Darfur, Reuters, Kampala, Bashir, Bashir Okello Oryem Uganda


Exclusive: U.S. open to new path towards removing Sudan from terrorism list - official

The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir's government was supporting terrorism. The Islamist Bashir was toppled last week by the military after three decades in power. The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism makes Sudan ineligible for desperately needed debt relief and financing from lenders like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Tags: Science, Sudan, International Monetary Fund, Bashir, Omar al Bashir


Sudan's main protest group calls for civilian transitional council

Representatives of the Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA) piled on pressure on the armed forces leaders who have taken over, issuing a long list of demands for deeper and faster change. If their demands were not met, the group would press on with protests and would not join a future transitional government, Ahmed al-Rabie, an SPA member, told Reuters. A new interim civilian body should be given full executive powers, with the armed forces having representation, and the Transitional Mil...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Spa, Reuters, Professionals Association SPA, Ahmed al Rabie, Transitional Military Council TMC


Sudan protest group says attempt to break up sit-in outside defense ministry is under way

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's main protest group said an attempt was under way on Monday to break up a sit-in outside the defense ministry compound in the capital, Khartoum. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) called on people to respond by joining the sit-in to "protect your revolution", according to a statement published on its social media pages. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Tags: Science, Sudan, Reuters Sudan, Khartoum, Aidan Lewis, Khalid Abdelaziz, Sudanese Professionals Association SPA


Sudan protesters move to protect Khartoum sit-in

Troops had gathered on three sides of the sit-in and tractors were preparing to remove stone and metal barricades, but protesters joined hands and formed rings around the sit-in area to prevent them. The protesters, numbering about 5,000 with more arriving, chanted "Freedom, freedom" and "Revolution, revolution", and appealed to the army to protect them. Earlier, Sudan's main protest group, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), issued an urgent call for people to join the sit-in and fo...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Khartoum, Sudanese Professionals Association SPA


Arab Spring comes later in Sudan and Algeria

Egypt's armed forces chief effectively brushed President Hosni Mubarak aside when it became clear security forces could not contain street protests against the veteran leader. A military council took charge, overseeing a turbulent and sometimes violent transition during which Egypt’s first democratic elections took place. Two years later, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led the overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Hosni Mubarak, Abdel Fattah al Sisi


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Sudan's long-time survivor Bashir is finally forced out

In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said Bashir, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989, was under arrest in a "safe place" and a military council was now running the country. Sudanese sources said Bashir was at the presidential residence under heavy guard. Bashir, 75, was a master at playing rival factions among security services, the military, Islamists and armed tribes off against each other.
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf


Sudan's long-time survivor Bashir forced out after protests

Bashir, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989, was at the presidential residence under "heavy guard", Sudanese sources said. During his 30-year rule, Bashir was a master at playing rival factions among security services, the military, Islamists and armed tribes off against each other. Bashir ultimately faced almost daily defiance in towns and cities across Sudan despite a crackdown by security forces using teargas and sometimes live ammunition, in which dozens of people have been killed...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir


Eleven killed in Sudan protests including six 'state forces': government spokesman

Uniformed personnel from Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) twice tried to disperse the thousands of anti-government protesters camped outside the Defence Ministry, the minister said, citing a report by the Khartoum state police chief. The protests are the most sustained challenge Bashir has faced in his three decades in power. The Defence Ministry is in a compound that also houses Bashir's residence and the NISS headquarters.
Tags: Science, Sudan, Defence Ministry, Khartoum, Bashir, National Intelligence and Security Service NISS


Troop presence reinforced as Sudan sit-in continues for fifth day

The demonstrators have been camped since Saturday outside the compound, which also includes Bashir's residence and the national security headquarters, in an escalation of protests that have shaken Sudan since December. Forces from Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the riot police have repeatedly tried to break up the sit-in in early morning raids, though the army have moved to protect the protesters. Protesters chanted "Fall, that's all!", "The people want to build ...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir, National Intelligence and Security Service NISS


Thousands of Sudanese protesters hold second day of sit-in outside Bashir's compound

Thousands of protesters held a sit-in outside Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's residence in central Khartoum on Sunday, having camped there overnight following the biggest demonstration in months of protests against his 30-year rule, witnesses said. At least one person died on Saturday during "rioting" in Omdurman, Khartoum's twin city, state news agency SUNA said, without giving details on the cause of death. Sudan has seen months of mostly small but sustained protests against Bashir's rul...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Khartoum, Bashir, Omar al Bashir, SUNA, Omdurman Khartoum


Arab leaders to seek U.N. Security Council resolution on Golan

Arab leaders, long divided by regional rivalries, also ended their annual summit in Tunisia calling for cooperation with non-Arab Iran based on non-interference in each others' affairs. Arab leaders who have been grappling with a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan sought common ground after Washington recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan. "We, the leaders of the Arab countries gathered in Tunisia ... expre...
Tags: Science, Washington, Israel, Iran, United States, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Arab, U N Security Council, Golan, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Golan Arab League


Arab leaders, grappling with regional rifts, condemn U.S. decision on Golan

Arab leaders, gathering at summit in Tunis, have been under popular pressure to reject Washington's action, while they also grapple with regional differences, including a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. The abrupt departure from the summit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is locked in a row with Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, suggested regional differences were not easily buried. Saudi Ar...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Tunis, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Golan


Arab leaders, grappling regional rifts, condemn U.S. decision on Golan

Arab leaders, gathering at summit in Tunis, have been under popular pressure to reject Washington's action, while they also grapple with regional differences, including a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. The abrupt departure from the summit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is locked in a row with Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, suggested regional differences were not easily buried. Saudi Ar...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Tunis, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Golan


Arab leaders show unity in condemning U.S. decision over Golan

Arab leaders, attending a summit in the Tunisian capital, have been grappling with regional splits over Iran's influence in the Middle East, a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, international pressure over the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. It follows a U.S. move less than four months ago to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision that also prompted Arab condemnation.
Tags: Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Iran, Middle East, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Golan


Arab summit expected to reject U.S. decision over Golan

Arab heads of state, long divided by regional rivalries, are expected to unite at a summit on Sunday to oppose a U.S. decision to recognize Israel's annexation of Arab lands captured in 1967. Arab leaders are already grappling with unrest in Algeria and Sudan, international pressure over the war in Yemen, regional splits over Iran's influence in the Middle East and a bitter Gulf Arab dispute.
Tags: Science, Israel, Iran, Middle East, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Golan


South Sudan peace deal doomed if disputes not settled: think-tank

The accord signed in September by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar - the former vice president - has reduced fighting, but could break down over several disputes, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report. "The peace agreement is stalling and is at risk of collapse if more political deals aren’t struck," said Alan Boswell, the group's South Sudan analyst. There were also unresolved disputes over local boundaries - which some sides felt Kiir had redrawn to ...
Tags: Science, Sudan, South Sudan, Brussels, Salva Kiir, Kiir, Riek Machar, Dinka, International Crisis Group, Alan Boswell


Sudanese opposition leader's daughter jailed over protests: party

The deputy head of Sudan's opposition Umma Party was sentenced to a week in prison on Sunday for demonstrating against the president, party officials said, as activists protested against emergency laws imposed last month. Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, the daughter of Umma leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, was among a group of 19 arrested while demonstrating in front of Umma's headquarters in Omdurman, across the Nile from the center of the capital, Khartoum, said Mohamed al-Mahdi Hassan, head of the party's poli...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Khartoum, Omar al Bashir, UMMA, Omdurman, Sadiq al Mahdi, Umma party, Mariam Sadiq al Mahdi, Mohamed al Mahdi Hassan


SpaceX capsule on big mission begins return to Earth

Crew Dragon, the new space capsule built by SpaceX for NASA, began its return to Earth Friday -- the trickiest part of a mission to prove it can take US astronauts to the International Space Station and bring them back safely. Dragon gently and successfully undocked from the ISS Friday at 0732 GMT as they flew 250 miles over Sudan. After umbilical wires and hooks latching it to the ISS were released, the unmanned white module's thrusters fired several times, easing it away from the space stati...
Tags: Spacex, Science, US, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Sudan, Iss


Sudanese opposition party leader calls on Bashir to step down

Sudan's main opposition party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday called on President Omar al-Bashir to step down and sit with the opposition to agree on details of a transitional process to end the nation's crisis, a statement from his party said. "You can achieve a safe exit for the country which will be appreciated by the Sudanese people and history and will transform the deep polarization into national unity and international isolation into international cooperation," the statement said. The...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir, Omar al Bashir, Sadiq al Mahdi


Sudan protests intensify as Bashir swears in his emergency officials

Opposition groups say Bashir's decision was an attempt to silence popular demands he step down and called for protests to continue. Anti-government demonstrations began on Dec. 19, triggered by price increases and cash shortages, but quickly developed into protests against Bashir's rule. Security forces fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters in the capital Khartoum and across the River Nile in Omdurman, witnesses said, as Bashir swore in officials he appointed to replace those he sacked when...
Tags: Science, Sudan, River Nile, Khartoum, Bashir, Omdurman


Sudan's Bashir declares one-year state of emergency, dissolves government

In a televised speech, Bashir also said he would dissolve the central government as well as state governments. "Firm economic measures should be taken in a new government", Bashir said, adding that he will assign that task to a qualified team. The anti-government demonstrations began on Dec. 19, triggered by price increases and cash shortages, but quickly developed into protests against Bashir's rule.
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir


Bashir tells Sudan lawmakers to postpone amendment that would keep him power

In a televised speech, Bashir also declared a state of emergency for one year and said he would dissolve the central government and state governments. The anti-government demonstrations, which started on Dec. 19, were triggered by price increases and cash shortages but quickly developed into protests against Bashir's rule. Two weeks before protests broke out, a majority of lawmakers backed proposed amendments to the constitution allow Bashir to run for another term.
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir


Sudan lawmakers postpone amendment to keep Bashir in power

A parliamentary committee tasked with amending Sudan's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term said on Saturday it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA said. The move comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising food prices and cash shortages, against Bashir's nearly 30-year rule. SUNA cited "special emergency commitments" as the cause for the delay without providing furthe...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Bashir, Omar al Bashir, SUNA


Sudan minister appeals to young as protests near seventh week

Students, activists and other protesters frustrated with economic hardships have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since Dec. 19, mounting the most sustained challenge to President Omar al-Bashir's three decades in power. Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf did not directly address the protesters' concerns, but said the situation in the country showed a schism between young and old. Recent events "showed the need to reshape political entities, parties and armed movements of...
Tags: Science, Sudan, Omar al Bashir, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf


At fresh protests, Sudan police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Demonstrators frustrated with a worsening economic crisis have been on the streets near-daily since Dec. 19 calling for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. The protesters, who began demonstrating after weekly Muslim prayers, chanted: "Down, that's it", which has become the main rallying cry for Bashir's fall. Security forces have at times used live ammunition to disperse protesters.
Tags: Science, Sudan, Muslim, Bashir, Omar al Bashir


Looking for friends, Sudan's Bashir reopens Eritrea border

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, apparently searching for regional friends amid weeks of protests against his 30-year rule, announced on Thursday he was reopening the border with neighboring Eritrea, shut for a year. Sudanese security forces used tear gas to disperse protests in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere on Thursday. Dozens of people have been killed in more than six weeks of protests, which began as demonstrations against rising prices and have swelled into the most sustained street...
Tags: Science, Eritrea, Sudan, Khartoum, Bashir, Omar al Bashir



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