French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

Jul 1, 2014

French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, has agreed to pay nearly $9 billion to resolve criminal allegations that it processed transactions for clients in Sudan and other blacklisted countries in violation of U.S. trade sanctions, the Justice Department announced Monday. The bank pleaded guilty to ...

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

Jun 30, 2014

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

French bank BNP Paribas has agreed to pay U.S. authorities an $8.9 billion fine to avoid being tried in court for dealing with U.S.-blacklisted countries, sources close to the matter said. The deal ends months of haggling which saw French President Francois Hollande pressing ...

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

Jun 24, 2014

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

A 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan last month for converting to Christianity from Islam was freed Monday after what the government said was “unprecedented” international pressure. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, was ordered by a ...

Sudan arrests ex-premier; reform in doubt

May 18, 2014

Sudan arrests ex-premier; reform in doubt

Sudan’s state security forces on Saturday arrested opposition leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi for treason, party officials said, placing in doubt efforts at governmental reform in the impoverished, war-torn and politically divided country. By arresting al-Mahdi, a veteran of five decades on ...

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Feb 3, 2014

Sudan says Red Cross worked 'outside' mandate

Sudan on Sunday said it suspended activities of the international Red Cross because it violated guidelines for working in the war-torn country. “We observe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is doing activities outside of its mandate under international law and ...

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

Jan 24, 2014

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The peace deal represents the first real progress since political friction turned violent Dec. ...

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

Jan 19, 2014

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

South Sudanese government forces, backed by Ugandan troops, on Saturday recaptured the strategic town of Bor, defeating an army of thousands of rebels, officials said. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said soldiers entered the town, capital of Jonglei state and situated about 200 km north ...

| Jan 12, 2014

Africa witnesses violent, deadly start to 2014

by Jason Straziuso

The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have reportedly beheaded children. Sub-Saharan Africa has ...

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Jan 10, 2014

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Three years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. Yet despite shared consternation by the Obama administration and Congress, no one is quite sure what the United States can do to ...