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Sudan demos torch ruling party HQ in Omdurman

Demonstrators protesting against fuel price hikes torched the headquarters of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party in Khartoum's twin city Omdurman on Tuesday, witnesses said. One witness told AFP protesters looted the building before setting it ablaze. The incident came as hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Khartoum, Omdurman; Nyala, capital of South Darfur state and Wad Madani in Al-Jazeera state, where the protests first started Monday. str/hj/bpz /al

Sudan police fire tear gas to end protest over fuel subsidies

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse people protesting in the capital Khartoum and two other cities against the canceling of petrol subsidies by veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, witnesses said. Bashir, in power since 1989, has avoided an "Arab spring" uprising of the sort that has unseated other rulers in the region, but many in Sudan complain about soaring food prices, corruption, violent conflicts and high unemployment.

Sudan police fire tear gas to end protest over fuel subsidies

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the capital Khartoum against the lifting of petrol subsidies by veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Bashir, in power since 1989, has avoided an "Arab spring" uprising of the sort that has unseated other rulers in the region but many in Sudan complain about soaring food prices, corruption, violent conflicts and high unemployment.

South Sudan's Kiir to visit Sudan ahead of oil stoppage deadline

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir will visit Sudan on Tuesday for talks with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, officials said on Sunday, as the long-time foes seek to avert a halt of vital cross-border oil flows. Diplomats hope what is only Kiir's second visit to Khartoum since South Sudan's secession in 2011 will help build trust between the neighbors, who fought one of Africa's longest civil wars that ended in 2005.

Sudan earns $236 million from South Sudan oil fees

Sudan earned more than $230 million in fees for the export of South Sudanese oil this year, official media reported on Sunday, days before a Khartoum deadline to shut the pipelines. "The government of South Sudan sent the fees for oil transportation to the Sudan Central Bank," the official SUNA news agency quoted the bank's assistant governor, Azhari Al-Tayeb Al-Faki, as saying. The documented amount is $236 million (176 million euros), SUNA said.

Sudan flood victims hits 150,000 and rising

The number of people affected by this month's flooding in Sudan has climbed to around 150,000 and is expected to rise further, the United Nations said on Monday. More than half the victims, 84,000, are in the area around the capital Khartoum, said the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Twenty people have died in the capital region, the official SUNA news agency reported late Monday, citing Khartoum state authorities who added that 240 people had been hurt.

Sudan again eases oil shutdown deadline

Sudan on Monday postponed its deadline for the closure of the economically vital pipeline network carrying South Sudanese oil until next month. The period "has been extended for another two weeks that ends on September 6," the official SUNA news agency said in a brief SMS dispatch which gave no details on what was the second such postponement. In June, Khartoum told oil companies they had 60 days to stop transporting crude from landlocked South Sudan through Sudan's pipeline system to the Red Sea export terminal.

Sudan flood victims hits 150,000 and rising

The number of people affected by this month's flooding in Sudan has climbed to around 150,000 and is expected to rise further, the United Nations said on Monday. More than half the victims, 84,000, are in the area around the capital Khartoum, said the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "More rains are expected in the coming days and the estimated number of affected people is likely to rise further as rains continue and as more information becomes available," OCHA said in a press release.

Neglected disease victims find help in Sudan

Behind the brick walls of the Mycetoma Research Centre trying to unravel the mysteries of the infection is a rare story of medical success in impoverished Sudan. With bandages on their swollen, deformed feet, patients from across the vast country arrive at the spotless facility set in a garden in the southern Khartoum district of Soba.

Sudan floods kill 36: state radio

Flooding has killed 36 people in a region north of Sudan's capital Khartoum, official radio said on Sunday. "Thirty-six people were killed in Nile state and 5,000 houses were destroyed because of heavy rain and floods," Radio Omdurman reported. The brief report by SMS did not specify over what time period the fatalities occurred but heavy rains affected Khartoum and the surrounding region again on Friday, following earlier flooding which began on August 1.
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