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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.

Oct 24, 2012

Sudan blames Israeli air strike hit for munitions plant blasts

KHARTOUM, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Sudan said on Wednesday that an
Israeli air strike had caused the huge explosion and fire at an
arms factory in Khartoum that killed two people, while Israel’s
defence and foreign ministry declined to comment.

Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms-smuggling route
to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighbouring Egypt, has
blamed Israel for such strikes in the past but Israel either has
refused to comment or said it neither admitted or denied

Oct 24, 2012

Sudan accuses Israel of air strike on arms factory

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan on Wednesday accused Israel of carrying out an air strike on a large arms factory in Khartoum, its capital, that killed two people, but Israel’s defense and foreign ministry declined to comment.

Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighboring Egypt, has blamed Israel for such strikes in the past but Israel has always either refused to comment or said it neither admitted or denied involvement.

Sep 28, 2012

Sudan, S.Sudan peace deals include banking, monetary accord

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan,
fleshing out the details of their new peace deals, have agreed
to cooperate on banking and monetary policy, which could help
boost trade after decades of civil war.

The two countries, which came close to war in April, agreed
on Thursday to improve border security and foster trade,
crucially to restart oil exports from the South through northern

Sep 28, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan agree on metering to avoid disputes

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan plan to avoid future disputes over oil exports with a metering system, but have failed to end a $1.8 billion row over how much Juba will pay for seizing northern oil facilities after its secession.

On Thursday, the African neighbors signed a deal to restart oil exports from the landlocked South through a Sudanese Red Sea port. In January, Juba had shut down its entire output of 350,000 barrels a day after failing to agree on export fees.

Sep 18, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan leaders to wrap up talks at summit in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will hold a summit with his counterpart from South Sudan, Salva Kiir, in Ethiopia on Sunday to wrap up two weeks of talks to end hostilities between the African neighbors, state media said on Tuesday.

Diplomats had earlier said the former civil war foes Sudan and South Sudan were coming close at talks in Addis Ababa to a border security deal that would allow the resumption of oil exports vital to the economies of both countries.

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