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Feb 27, 2013

Christians grow anxious in “100 percent” Islamic Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – When Pastor Kamis went to visit his small church in the Sudanese capital just before Christmas last year, he found a pile of rubble and the remains of a single blue wall.

Hours earlier, authorities had sent in a bulldozer and workers backed by police to demolish the Africa Inland church, which used to lie in a slum suburb of Khartoum.

Feb 20, 2013

Sudan eyes railway revival to help transform its economy

ATBARA, Sudan, Feb 20 (Reuters) – On rail tracks in Atbara,
Sudan’s main railway city, stray engines and empty coaches from
trains built in Europe, India and the United States, some more
than 50 years ago, stand still in the scorching heat.

The trains broke down years ago and many of the coach
windows have been smashed, while the tracks they stand on are

Feb 18, 2013

Bolivia nationalizes Spanish-owned airports operator

LA PAZ, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales,
who has tightened state control over the nation’s small economy
since taking office in 2006, nationalized an airports operator
owned by Spanish infrastructure company Abertis on

In the latest in a series of state takeovers affecting
Spanish-owned companies, the leftist president said Abertis’s
Sabsa unit had failed to fulfill investment commitments promised
almost two decades ago.

Feb 13, 2013

Sudan wants to buy five Antonovs from Ukraine-minister

KHARTOUM, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Sudan is in talks with Ukraine
to buy five Antonov planes, its transport minister said on
Wednesday, seeking to work around U.S. trade sanctions that have
devastated its air fleet.

Sudan Airways, one of Africa’s oldest airlines and which
used to fly across the continent and as far away as London and
Frankfurt, is a shadow of its former self.

Feb 10, 2013

Sudan detains dissidents and denies them medical care: U.N. expert

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s security services are holding opposition figures and other detainees without trial, denying medical care to some who need it urgently, a U.N. human rights expert said on Sunday after a visit.

Encouraged by revolutions that have unseated rulers in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, pro-democracy activists have staged a wave of small protests against veteran ruler Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power since 1989.

Feb 7, 2013

Bank of Khartoum eyes more Gulf farming finance after first rating

KHARTOUM, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Bank of Khartoum, Sudan’s oldest
bank, wants to boost its agricultural finance business with the
help of Gulf Arab banks after winning the African country’s
first-ever international rating, its head said on Thursday.

Undeterred by decades of wars, poverty and spiralling
inflation, the bank has been steadily expanding its retail and
corporate business in the vast country.

Feb 4, 2013

Sudan sells dispute oil from S.Sudan after talks fail

GENEVA/KHARTOUM, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Sudan has sold a cargo of
oil of disputed ownership from South Sudan oilfields, a minister
and trading sources said, in what is likely to be seen by the
south as a provocation after security and oil transport talks
between the two countries fell apart.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan’s
Salva Kiir failed at talks in Ethiopia last month to end a
stalemate over withdrawing armies from a border region – a
pre-requisite for resuming oil exports.

Jan 28, 2013

Sudan currency close to record low as oil talks in stalemate

KHARTOUM, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Sudan’s currency fell close to
a record low against the dollar on the black market on Monday
after talks with South Sudan failed to restart crucial oil
flows, worsening a dollar scarcity and an economic crisis
fuelling dissent.

There is little foreign trading in the Sudanese pound but
the black market rate is an important indicator of the mood of
the business elite and ordinary people exhausted by years of
economic crises, ethnic conflicts and wars.

Jan 16, 2013

Dollar squeeze adds to economic hardship in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Scanning his company’s 2012
financial statement, El Rashid El Amin Hamid, head of Sudan’s
biggest pharmaceutical maker, should be celebrating – sales shot
up 70 percent while marketing costs plummeted as strong demand
reduced the need to advertise.

But the entrepreneur still has a problem. How does his
company get dollars to import raw materials for the antibiotics,
malaria pills, diabetic tablets and other drugs it makes, and,
if it can access hard currency, at what exchange rate?

Jan 11, 2013

More than 30,000 flee fighting in Sudan’s Darfur: U.N.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – More than 30,000 people have fled during two weeks of fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region, the United Nations said after some of the worst clashes between government troops, rebels and rival tribes reported there for months.

Conflict has raged in Darfur, a vast arid region in the west of Sudan, since 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the Arab government in Khartoum, accusing it of political and economic marginalization.

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