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Sudan’s Supreme Court revokes death sentence for college student

August 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Supreme Court on Monday has revoked death sentence against University of Khartoum student Asim Omer who was charged for killing a policeman during protests in 2016.
Omer, 23-year-old and member of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP) was accused of killing an anti-riot policeman who died after a hit by a Molotov cocktail during the student protests in April 2016.
Last September, Khartoum North Criminal Court found Omer guilty of premeditated (…)


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Sudan, Russia discuss military cooperation

August 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf said relations with Russia are developing steadily, particularly military cooperation, describing ties between the two countries as historic.
Ibn Ouf, who received the Russian Ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Zheltov on Monday at his office, pointed to Moscow’s supportive stances towards Khartoum.
For his part, Zheltov described relations between the two countries as close and friendly, saying they are based on mutual interests (…)


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Sudan, Egypt FMs to meet this month in Cairo

August 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) Diplomatic sources said Sudan and Egypt Foreign Ministers would meet in Cairo at the end of the month to prepare for the meeting of the Egyptian-Sudanese Higher Committee (ESHC), reported Sudan Media Center (SMC) Sunday.
Last June, Egyptian Ambassador to Khartoum Osama Shaltout said the ESHC would meet in October in Khartoum, pointing out that the meeting would be chaired by presidents Omer al-Bashir and Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.
Meanwhile, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry (…)


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U.S. company to grow peanuts in South Darfur: minister

August 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Government of South Darfur State said a U.S. company, KLC would engage in direct partnership with local farmers to grow peanuts in the state.
Minister of Agriculture in South Darfur Sabil Ahmed Sabil said a delegation from KLC have conducted a ground visit to peanut farms and promised to develop studies to promote production through the use of modern technology and funding of farmers.
He told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) the KLC has changed its (…)


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EU countries commit themselves to implement arms embargo on South Sudan

August 11, 2018 (JUBA) – The Council of the European Union has committed the EU governments to implement an arms embargo on South Sudan decided last July by the United Nations Security Council.
“The Council has transposed UN Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) which notably imposes an arms embargo and adds two persons to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures,” said a statement released on Friday.
On 13 July, the Security Council decided that, until 31 May (…)


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Prominent NCP figure voices rejection for al-Bashir reelection in 2020

August 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – A leading figure at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Amin Hassan Omer has renewed criticism for the ongoing attempts to nominate President Omer al-Bashir for the 2020 presidential elections.
Al-Bashir’s term ends in 2020 and he couldn’t run for office again according to the constitution. Also, the NCP statute limits to two terms the nomination of the party candidate for the presidential elections.
However, the Shura (Consultative) Council of the NCP on (…)


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Germany’s Siemens completes maintenance work on two power plants in Sudan

August 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The German conglomerate, Siemens has completed maintenance work on Garri and Port Sudan power plants, said Sudan’s Minister of Water Resources, Electricity and Irrigation
Last February, Siemens signed a long-term agreement with the Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) to provide service and maintenance for the power generating assets and related components operating at the 337 MW Port Sudan power plant on the Red Sea coast and 502 MW Garri power (…)


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South Sudanese parties to resume talks on final peace agreement

August 11, 2018 (JUBA) – Talks on the final implementation matrix and the review of several issues in the signed governance agreement will resume on Sunday, said the South Sudanese government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth.
In a meeting held in Khartoum on Friday, the IGAD Council of Ministers adopted a draft matrix on the remaining items for the final document of a revitalized peace agreement. The meeting further decided to extend the talks in Khartoum until the 19 of August.
Several (…)


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4 rebel officers desert from SPLM-N al-Hilu: official statement

August 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu said four of its officers have deserted the group and dismissed any link between the fugitives and the death of another one it said he committed suicide.
SPLM-N Hilu Secretary areas under government control Amar Amon Daldoum admitted in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday that four officers including Brigadier – Ismail Ahmed Abdallah, Major – Ahmed Abbas Bakheet, Captain – Abdel (…)


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Sudan alludes to smuggling of 48,8 tons of gold in first half of 2018

August 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM)- Sudan’s Ministry of Minerals acknowledged the government purchased only10 per cent of the actual amount of gold produced in the first half of 2018.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Minerals said gold production in the first half of this year amounted to 63,3 tons, saying the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) purchased only 10 per cent of the total production.
According to the press release, the government revenues from the gold exports reached (…)


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Sudan’s NCP amends its constitution opening door for Bashir’s reelection

August 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Consultative Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal to amend its constitution to nominate the party leader Omer al-Bashir for the upcoming elections.
The NCP constitution limits to two terms the nomination of the party candidate for the presidential elections.
However, in a meeting held on Thursday, the members of the Shura Council without opposition adopted an amendment abolishing presidential term (…)


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U.S. diplomat welcomes progress in South Sudan peace process

August 9, 2018 (JUBA) – U.S. Ambassador to Juba welcomed the recent progress achieved by the South Sudanese parties as they signed the governance and power-sharing deal but stressed that a successful peace and be measured by the willingness to work together and trust each other.
The United States, a main sponsor of the IGAD-led peace process, still didn’t react to the signing of an agreement on the outstanding issues of governance chapter, which is a big breakthrough paving the way for the (…)


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Large NCP sectors announce support for al-Bashir reelection in 2020

August 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The 3rd organizational forum of the political mobilization secretariat at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday has recommended nominating President Omer al-Bashir for the 2020 presidential elections.
The forum was held with the participation of members of the Leadership Council, heads of NCP in the states and their deputies, speakers of legislative councils, and heads of party sectors and secretariats in the presence of President al-Bashir. (…)


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Sudan settles dispute with Indian oil company over unpaid dues: minister

August 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Minister of Oil and Gas Azhari Abdel-Gadir Tuesday said his ministry has settled debt issues with India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) saying the latter withdrew a claim it has filed against Sudan in this regard.
Last April, ONGC filed an arbitration claim against the government of Sudan in a London court seeking to recover $98.94 million, pending for years from a project hit by the breakaway of South Sudan in 2011.
“Today, we have reached an agreement (…)


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Sudan backs Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Canadian ambassador

August 7, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has announced support for Saudi Arabia’s decision to expel the Canadian Ambassador and freeze trade ties between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled Canada’s Ambassador to Riyadh Dennis Horak over alleged interference in Saudi domestic affairs after statements by the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressing concern over Riyadh’s jailing of civil-society and women’s rights activists.
The Kingdom also froze new (…)


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Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger border committee to meet in Khartoum

August 7, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The 3rd ministerial meeting to strengthen the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger would be held in Khartoum on Wednesday.
The two-day meeting would be held with the participation of foreign, defence and interior ministries as well as intelligence services of the four countries.
In press statements on Tuesday, Director of Central and West Africa Department at the Foreign Ministry Amer Ali Amer said a meeting of experts committee would (…)


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Sudan, Egypt to hold military talks in Khartoum on Tuesday

August 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ministry of Defence said the 5th round of the joint Sudanese-Egyptian military talks on the level of experts would kick off on Tuesday in Khartoum.
In a statement on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said the Egyptian Army Chief-of-Staff, Lieut.Gen. Mohamed Farid would arrive in Khartoum on Monday evening to take part in the talks.
Head of the Sudanese team to the talks Lieut. Gen. Hisham Abdel-Mutalab Ahmed, pointed to the need to benefit from the accumulated (…)


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Two farmers killed at voluntary return village in Central Darfur

August 6, 2018 (ZALINGEI) – Two farmers have been killed and one seriously injured on Sunday in an attack by unknown gunmen against Kambo Di village for voluntary return, 5 kilometres west of Zalingei the capital of Central Darfur State.
In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, IDPs and Refugees Committee in Central Darfur said 6 gunmen at 2:00 am (local time) on Sunday opened fire at Kambo Di residents killing two and injuring one.
It pointed out that the dead persons are identified as (…)


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