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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
involvement.

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
pipelines.

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.

Sep 18, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan near deal to restart oil exports -Norway

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Former civil war foes Sudan and South Sudan are heading towards a deal this week that would allow the resumption of oil exports vital to the economies of both African countries, a Western official involved in the talks said on Tuesday.

Much could still go wrong, given profound mutual mistrust and failure to fully implement previous agreements, diplomats said, but the mood at the African Union-brokered talks appeared to be much brighter than in previous rounds.

Sep 18, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan make progress toward border deal: diplomats

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Former civil war foes Sudan and South Sudan appear to have made progress this week toward a deal that would allow the resumption of oil exports vital to the economies of both African countries, diplomats and sources familiar with the talks said.

Much could still go wrong given profound mutual mistrust and failure to fully implement previous deals, they said, but the mood at the African Union (AU)-brokered talks appeared to be brighter than in previous rounds.

Sep 14, 2012

Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film

KHARTOUM/TUNIS (Reuters) – Fury about a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad tore across the Middle East after weekly prayers on Friday with protesters attacking U.S. embassies and burning American flags as the Pentagon rushed to bolster security at its missions.

At least seven people were killed as local police struggled to repel assaults after weekly Muslim prayers in Tunisia and Sudan, while there was new violence in Egypt and Yemen and across the Muslim world, driven by emotions ranging from piety to anger at Western power to frustrations with local leaders and poverty.

Sep 7, 2012

Patience and dodgy deals needed to cash in Sudan bourse gains

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Over a cup of tea, Sudanese broker Hamid is explaining to a Yemeni bourse investor that he won’t be able to get his hands on the returns he is owed after many years of investing in the African country’s Islamic bonds.

Hamid offers just one legal route for foreigners who want to get out of the Khartoum bourse and reduce their exposure to the country’s economic chaos: reinvest the dividends paid out in local currency, into real estate for example, and wait for better times to take your money home.

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