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Dec 5, 2012

Sudan urges South Sudan to expel rebels for oil restart

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan will not allow South Sudan’s oil exports to flow through its territory until Juba cuts ties with anti-Khartoum rebels and expels their leaders, a Sudanese vice president said on Wednesday, dampening hopes that bilateral tensions were over.

In a rare interview with foreign media, Sudan’s Second Vice President al-Haj Adam Youssef also dismissed rumors that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was in poor health, and said senior officers arrested for planning a coup against the veteran leader last month would get a fair trial.

Dec 5, 2012

Sudan shopping mall fights the odds post-secession

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Shop assistants display expensive Italian baby clothes in a vast showroom, waiters in white shirts serve latte in trendy cafes and an army of cleaners mops the floors – Khartoum’s new al-Waha mall is a world away from the rest of Sudan.

Owners of the mall, with its shiny elevators and air-conditioning, promise a shopping revolution in a city where battered cars and donkey carts make their way down bumpy roads lined with street vendors.

Nov 27, 2012

Sudan to produce 50 tonnes of gold this year, earning $2.5 bln

KHARTOUM, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Sudan expects to produce around
50 tonnes of gold this year, earning $2.5 billion, its mining
minister said, as the country seeks to offset the loss of most
oil reserves when South Sudan became independent last year.

Sudan is boosting production of gold and other minerals to
gain new sources of state income and of foreign currency needed
to fund imports. Output of 50 tonnes could potentially make it
Africa’s third largest gold miner behind South Africa and Ghana,
and push it into the top 15 producers globally.

Nov 26, 2012

South Sudan says Sudan poses new obstacle to oil sales

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has put a new obstacle in the way of allowing its land-locked southern neighbor to pipe its oil to the Red Sea, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said on Monday, dashing plans to revive production after an 11-month break.

Sudan’s currency fell to a historic low against the dollar on the black market on Monday, highlighting the importance for both countries to get oil from South Sudan’s oilfields via the north for export.

Nov 26, 2012

Sudan poses new obstacle to oil sales – South Sudan

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has put a new obstacle in the way of allowing its land-locked southern neighbour to pipe its oil to the Red Sea, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said on Monday, dashing plans to revive production after an 11-month break.

Sudan’s currency fell to a historic low against the dollar on the black market on Monday, highlighting the importance for both countries to get oil from South Sudan’s oilfields via the north for export.

Nov 23, 2012

Debate rages over Sudan’s Bashir after “plot” arrests

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s information minister had one clear message after security agents moved in to arrest their former spy chief – that a plot had been uncovered, the culprits caught and the situation in the country was now “totally stable”.

Khartoum did appear quiet a day later on Friday – but on the desert city’s dusty streets the detention amplified a debate about the future of the country’s leader, and posed new questions about who might one day unseat him.

Nov 22, 2012

Sudan says arrests ex-spy chief after foiled plot

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan arrested its former spy chief and other senior military and security officers on Thursday after foiling what officials said was a plot to incite chaos and target leaders in this oil-producing African state.

Witnesses told Reuters they saw army tanks and armored vehicles moving down a main street in the tightly-controlled center of Khartoum around midnight, but the city appeared normal by the morning.

Nov 20, 2012

Bank of Khartoum’s Gulf owners bet on Sudan growth

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Bank of Khartoum, Sudan’s oldest bank, plans to more than triple its capital as its Gulf investors fund an expansion in the resource-rich country, betting that peace with South Sudan will hold, its general manager said on Tuesday.

Plagued by wars, poverty and a decade-long conflict with South Sudan, Sudan has largely missed out on the large-scale foreign investments that other Arab countries have enjoyed in recent years.

Nov 15, 2012

Special Report: After southern split, Sudan stumbles

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The birth of South Sudan last year created two new nations: the south itself and a new, smaller version of Sudan, the state from which the south seceded. The shock of that event is still reverberating in Sudan’s capital, as was apparent in a white conference hall one day in mid-September.

Over the preceding weeks, right-wing activists in Germany had held up derisive cartoons of Prophet Mohammad and a U.S.-made film insulting the prophet had hit the internet. A group of Sudan’s state-backed clerics crowded the stage to call for a peaceful march against these perceived injustices.

Oct 31, 2012

Sudan dreams big with new airports despite crashes

KHARTOUM, Oct 31 (Reuters) – After a Sudanese plane crashed
at Khartoum’s international airport last year, authorities
didn’t slow plans to build new airports and add more routes.
They used the incident to shoot a video showing how safe flying
in Sudan is, thanks to its skillful pilots.

“Tower, the wheels are jammed. What shall I do?” the pilot
says in the film, replaying for the cameras how he circled for
an hour above Khartoum to empty his fuel talks while workers
flooded the runway with foam.

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