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Jun 8, 2013

Sudan orders stoppage of South Sudan oil: state media

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s president ordered a stoppage of all South Sudan’s oil exports from Sunday, saying his neighbour was backing rebels on his territory, and bringing the foes back to the brink of confrontation after months of relative peace.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir urged youths to join the army and prepare for “holy war”, though he did not spell out who the enemy would be in that conflict.

Jun 8, 2013

Sudan orders stoppage of S.Sudan oil -state media

KHARTOUM, June 8 (Reuters) – Sudan’s president ordered a
stoppage of all South Sudan’s oil exports from Sunday, saying
his neighbour was backing rebels on his territory, and bringing
the foes back to the brink of confrontation after months of
relative peace.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir urged youths to join the
army and prepare for “holy war”, though he did not spell out who
the enemy would be in that conflict.

Jun 5, 2013

South Sudan oil output target needs at least a year

KHARTOUM/JUBA, June 5 (Reuters) – South Sudan will restart
oil exports this month but will need at least a year to restore
output fully after fighting with Sudan damaged facilities and
hit the performance of oilfields, industry sources say.

Production is unlikely to get much higher than 230,000
barrels per day this year after the restart in April, the
sources say.

May 29, 2013

South Sudan expects first oil to arrive in Port Sudan mid-June

KHARTOUM, May 29 (Reuters) – South Sudan expects its first
oil to arrive in Sudan’s export port in mid-June as both
countries are continuing to implement oil and trade deals
despite Khartoum’s renewed accusations over rebel support,
Juba’s ambassador to Sudan said.

The neighbours, which fought one of Africa’s longest civil
wars, agreed in March to resume cross-border oil flows and end
tensions plaguing them since the south seceded in 2011.

May 27, 2013

Bashir threatens to close oil pipeline in row with South Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan will close a pipeline carrying oil exports from South Sudan if Juba continues to support rebels operating on Sudanese soil, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said Monday.

The long-time foes agreed to resume cross-border oil flows in March but relations have worsened in the past days over Sudan’s accusations, which are denied by South Sudan.

May 23, 2013

U.N. aid chief says Sudanese rebels obstructing aid deal

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese insurgents are obstructing a deal to deliver much-needed aid into areas under their control in two Sudanese states where almost a million people have been forced from their homes, the U.N. aid chief said on Thursday.

The United Nations has been trying to get aid into South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, where Sudan’s army has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) for almost two years.

May 23, 2013

Sudan, South Sudan vow to keep oil flowing, differ on pumping problem

KHARTOUM/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan’s oil ministers on Thursday vowed to continue cross-border oil flows but gave contradictionary opinions whether a technical problem at a pumping station which had cut output had been fixed.

Landlocked South Sudan is in the process of restarting oil exports via cross-border pipelines to the Sudanese Red Sea port of Port Sudan following a 16-month shutdown.

May 22, 2013

Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region displaces 300,000: U.N. aid chief

OUTSIDE EL FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) – About 300,000 people have fled their homes due to a surge in fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region this year and are now living in terrible conditions and short of food, the United Nations aid chief said on Wednesday.

The figure is higher than the combined number of displaced people for the past three years. Violence is down from a peak in 2004-2005 but fighting between the army, rebels and rival tribes has increased significantly since January.

May 22, 2013

Sudan dreams of becoming global sugar player

NEAR SOFIYA, Sudan, May 22 (Reuters) – In a hangar-shaped
factory hall in central Sudan a dozen workers rush to pack
refined white sugar gushing from a funnel into paper bags to be
loaded on three trucks parked outside.

Next year, the management at Kenana Sugar Company hopes the
plant will be even busier as it plans to boost its output as the
African country seeks to increase sugar exports.

May 21, 2013

Lebanese farmland firm to invest up to $800 million in Sudan

KHARTOUM, May 21 (Reuters) – Lebanese farmland investor GLB
Invest plans to invest up to $800 million in Sudan to produce
animal feed to be sold to Saudi Arabia, its president said on
Tuesday.

Arab investors have launched farmland and livestock projects
in the vast African country, prized for its fertile soil and
easy access to irrigation water from the Nile, to help arid Gulf
oil producers secure food supplies.

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