May 24, 2016

China in 'preliminary' deal for Sudan's first atomic plant

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a “preliminary” deal with Sudan to build the east African country’s first nuclear power plant, an official in Khartoum said on Tuesday. The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the electricity ministry on ...

Apr 7, 2016

U.N. says 138,000 people displaced in new fighting in Darfur

An escalation in fighting in Darfur has forced 138,000 people to flee their homes since mid-January and there is no end in sight to the 13-year conflict in Sudan’s vast western region, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Wednesday. Herve Ladsous painted a grim picture ...

Noted Sudanese Islamist al-Turabi dies aged 84

Mar 6, 2016

Noted Sudanese Islamist al-Turabi dies aged 84

Hassan al-Turabi, the Sudanese Islamist who played a key role in the 1989 coup that brought President Omar al-Bashir to power and who once hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, died Saturday at the age of 84. Al-Turabi championed radical Islam in the 1990s, ...

Mar 1, 2016

Dutch ID 30 war crimes suspects among thousands of '15 refugee arrivals

Dutch officials have identified 30 war crimes suspects, including 10 Syrians, among tens of thousands of asylum-seekers who arrived in the country last year, the justice ministry said Monday. Immigration authorities found the 30 after investigating 170 people, Deputy Justice Minister Klaas Dijkhoff told ...

Dutch ambassador swims Nile in Khartoum for Facebook bet

Nov 22, 2015

Dutch ambassador swims Nile in Khartoum for Facebook bet

The Dutch ambassador to Sudan swam across the Nile in Khartoum on Saturday in a stunt that began as a bet to win more “likes” for her embassy’s Facebook page. Clad in an bright orange swimsuit bearing the embassy logo, Ambassador Susan Blankhart swam ...

African intervention force finally nears reality

Nov 1, 2015

African intervention force finally nears reality

As the sun rose over South Africa’s dry and sparsely populated Karoo region, west of Johannesburg, more than 5,000 multinational troops launched a mock attack heralding a long-awaited African Union strike force for the troubled continent. Men in fatigues peered through binoculars and crouched ...

South Sudan death toll rises to 193 in fuel tanker blast

Sep 19, 2015

South Sudan death toll rises to 193 in fuel tanker blast

The death toll rose to 193 in South Sudan’s fuel tanker explosion Saturday as the government declared three days of mourning. More patients have succumbed to their injuries, said Patrick Raphael Zamoi, the governor of Western Equatoria state where the explosion happened Wednesday. Hundreds ...