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Omar Al-Bashir in the docks on corruption charges

Sudan’s ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Monday arrived amid heavy security at the courthouse in the capital Khartoum where he is facing corruption charges, a Reuters witness said. Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, prosecutor Alaa al-Din Abdallah said …

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Anti-torture conference planned for Egypt

Human rights activists on Thursday criticized a United Nations decision to hold a conference in Cairo on torture with an Egyptian state organization. “It’s illogical for a country where torture is systematic to host a conference on torture,” said Mohamed Zaree of the non-government Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. …

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Transitional scheme finally agreed to in Sudan

Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition reached an agreement paving the way for a new transitional government on Saturday, the African Union said, after lengthy negotiations following the fall of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir. The agreement, which outlines the shape of the transitional government, was brokered by the …

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Moves taken to punish for latest massacre in Sudan

Sudan’s military council spokesman said on Friday that nine soldiers from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the country’s most powerful paramilitary group, have been dismissed and detained in connection with the killing of protesters this week. Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi added that the governor of North Kordofan state …

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Oman signs major oil and gas deals

Oman’s ministry of oil and gas has signed a gas exploration agreement with Italy’s Eni and BP Oman for concession block 77, the ministry said on its Twitter feed on Wednesday. The agreement involves seismic studies and the drilling of exploration wells and it is hoped this could also lead …

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Egypt planning major overhaul of VAT law

Egypt will form a committee to amend its value-added tax law, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait told reporters on Monday, without specifying what the changes may be. The VAT law is part of a reform program that formed the basis of a $12 billion, three-year loan agreed with the International Monetary …

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Another coup attempt in Sudan

Sudan’s military said on Wednesday that it has thwarted a coup attempt and arrested an unspecified number of senior officers in connection with the plot, state news agency SUNA said. The military “revealed a coup attempt involving General Hashim Abdel Mottalib Ahmed, head of the joint chiefs of staff, and …

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Kuwait hires Honeywell to manage planned refinery

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co (KIPIC) has appointed a unit of U.S. multinational Honeywell International Inc to provide technology and production systems to its long-delayed Al-Zour refinery, it said on Wednesday. KIPIC, a new subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), gave no financial details of the deal. Originally planned more …

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Oman deficit not a barrier to Fitch rating

Oman’s bond investors gained some respite this week as Fitch affirmed its rating for the indebted country and the government published encouraging deficit figures, potentially paving the way for the Gulf oil producer’s next debt sale. Rated junk by all three major rating agencies, Oman has relied heavily on borrowing …

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New coalition between military and opposition in Sudan

Sudan’s ruling military council and an opposition alliance signed a political accord on Wednesday as part of a power-sharing deal aimed at leading the country to democracy following three decades of autocratic rule. The agreement, which ended days of speculation about whether a deal announced earlier this month would hold, …

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Sudanese paramilitaries take on protestors

Paramilitary forces backed by Sudan’s ruling military council fired at protesters in the southeastern state of Sennar on Sunday, witnesses said, and one man died of a shot to the head, according to opposition medics. The killing occurred with the military council and civilian opposition wrangling over final details of …

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Trump to meet Qatari emir on the 9th

Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 9 to exchange views on the latest regional and international developments, Qatar’s state news agency said on Saturday. The White House said in June the visit would deal with economic and …

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Power-sharing scheme finally reached in Sudan

Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, setting off street celebrations by thousands of people. The two sides, which have held talks in Khartoum for the past two days, agreed to “establish …

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UAE wants dialogue, not violence in Sudan

It is important to continue dialogue in Sudan and avoid an escalation, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday, after protests against the ruling military. “Dialogue should continue without antagonism and towards an agreement on transition…It is necessary to avoid conflict and escalation,” UAE Minister of State for …

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Thusand march on Sudan’s defence ministry

Thousands of Sudanese protesters marched toward the defense ministry in Khartoum on Sunday, demanding that the ruling military hand over power to civilians, as security forces fired shots in the air, a Reuters witness said. The protest was the largest since a deadly security service raid on a protest camp …

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Qatar investing $500 million into Lebanon

Qatar has bought some Lebanese government bonds as part of its planned $500 million investment in the Lebanese economy, a Qatari government official told Reuters on Sunday. The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier this year the wealthy Gulf country planned to invest $500 million in Lebanese government U.S. …

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Sudan military warns protestors with loss of life

Sudan’s ruling military council said on Saturday that a coalition of protest and opposition groups would bear the responsibility for any loss of life or damage resulting from a protest march planned for Sunday. The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition has called for a million people to take …

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Chevron to build Qatari petrochemicals complex

Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement with Chevron Phillips Chemical to build a new petrochemicals complex, part of plans by the world’s top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter to broaden its energy interests. The project highlights how Middle East oil producers are expanding further into petrochemicals, used in the production …

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Sudan military removes latest prosecutor

Sudan’s military council on Thursday dismissed public prosecutor Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud and appointed Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah to succeed him, prosecution sources told Reuters. The move comes as authorities investigate the dispersal of a protest camp outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum that killed dozens on June 3. Source: Reuters

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US intervening in Sudanese violence

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa was due in Khartoum on Wednesday to join an international push to salvage a deal between Sudan’s military rulers and opposition groups two months after the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir. The visit comes after an Ethiopian envoy said the ruling Transitional Military …

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