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Sep 27, 2013

Sudanese police use teargas on crowd demanding Bashir resign

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Police fired teargas to disperse thousands of Sudanese demanding that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir step down on Friday, a day after deadly clashes with security forces whom rights groups accused of shooting dead at least 50 people.

In the last few days, protests have drawn more than 5,000 people, the biggest for many years in Khartoum where Bashir – wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges – has ruled since a coup in 1989.

Sep 27, 2013

Sudan security forces kill at least 50 protesters: rights groups

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese security forces have killed at least 50 protesters with shots to the head or chest, two rights groups said on Friday, challenging the authorities’ narrative of the worst unrest in Sudan’s central regions for years.

Spurred on by the lifting of fuel subsidies on Monday, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Khartoum and central Sudan to protest against corruption and demand veteran President Omar Hassan Bashir step down.

Sep 26, 2013

At least 27 killed in central Sudan’s worst unrest for years

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At least 27 people have been killed in protests in Khartoum over fuel subsidy cuts, a medical source said on Thursday as another bout of the worst unrest seen in Sudan’s relatively well-off central regions for years broke out in its biggest port.

Police fired tear gas volleys to quell a small protest in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast where participants chanted, “Down, down with the regime”, according to witnesses.

Sep 25, 2013

Six killed in Sudan clashes after fuel subsidies cut

KHARTOUM, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Six Sudanese protesters were
killed on Wednesday in clashes with security forces on a third
day of protests against a cut in fuel subsidies, medics and
relatives said.

Protesters torched cars and petrol stations and threw rocks
at police, who used teargas to try to disperse the biggest
display of public anger against President Omar Hassan
al-Bashir’s government in over a year.

Sep 25, 2013

Sudan rioters torch cars and petrol stations as fuel subsidy cut

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese protesters torched cars and petrol stations and threw rocks at police in the capital Khartoum on Wednesday on a third day of protests against a cut in fuel subsidies.

Plumes of black smoke sprang up around the horizon as security forces fired teargas to disperse the biggest display of public anger against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government in over a year.

Sep 22, 2013

Sudan to lift fuel subsidies posing “great risk” for economy -Bashir

KHARTOUM, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Sudan needs to lift fuel
subsidies to remove a risk for the economy and bridge a budget
gap, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Sunday, a move that
ignited anti-government protests in the past.

Sudan has been struggling with an economic crisis since
losing much of its oil reserves – the main source for revenues
and dollars needed for imports – when South Sudan became
independent in 2011.

Sep 22, 2013

Sudan’s Bashir, wanted by the ICC, says he will travel to U.N.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges, said on Sunday he planned to attend this week’s U.N. General Assembly and had already booked a hotel in New York.

Washington has led calls for Bashir to face international justice over bloodshed in the now decade-old conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, and a senior State Department official said last week that Bashir would “not receive a warm welcome” if he traveled to New York.

Sep 21, 2013

Sudan currency falls to record low ahead of lifting of fuel subsidies

KHARTOUM, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Sudan’s currency has fallen to
a record low against the dollar on the black market as people
rush to change savings into hard currency ahead of a lifting of
fuel subsidies expected to drive up inflation, dealers said on

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

Sep 18, 2013

Sudan’s Bank of Khartoum plans retail expansion, livestock export finance

KHARTOUM, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Bank of Khartoum, Sudan’s
biggest privately-owned bank, plans to add 12 more retail
branches and launch financing for livestock exports to Gulf
countries, its head said in an interview.

Undeterred by insurgencies, poverty, a scarcity of dollars
and spiralling inflation, the bank – which was founded 100 years
ago during British colonial rule – has been steadily expanding
its business in the African country.

Sep 15, 2013

Analysis: South Sudan’s Kiir faces growing dissent as new state stumbles

JUBA (Reuters) – Telsach Gad, a teacher in South Sudan, had high hopes for a better life when his country became independent in 2011 after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Two years later, he has lost all illusions.

“The government hasn’t done anything to develop the country,” the unemployed Arabic instructor said, sitting with other jobless young men in a makeshift roadside cafe in the capital Juba. “We don’t have jobs, schools, hospitals.”

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