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Sudan to postpone presidential amendments

A parliamentary committee tasked with amending Sudan’s constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term said on Saturday it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA said. The move comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising …

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Protestors in central Khatroum apprehended

Security forces fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters close to the Sudan’s presidential palace on Thursday, before plainclothes officers armed with plastic piping rounded up around 30 people, witnesses said. Police then chased activists through side streets as smaller rallies broke out across downtown Khartoum. Demonstrators chanted “Peaceful, peaceful …

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Tear gas attacks target Sudanese women protesters

Sudanese security forces used tear gas on Sunday to break up a crowd of hundreds of people, mostly young women, demonstrating against the detention of women arrested at previous protests, witnesses said. The protesters chanted: “Long live the struggle of Sudanese women”, and “Down, that’s it”, one of the main …

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Tear gas attack on mosque during Sudan protests

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at a landmark mosque in the capital Khartoum on Friday after the Muslim noon prayers, witnesses and the main opposition Umma party said, and several worshippers were injured or overcome by fumes. The attack came as hundreds of worshippers tried to march from the …

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Sudan PM admits protesters have legitimate claims

Sudan’s prime minister on Saturday appeared to soften the official stance on more than a month of anti-government protests, describing demonstrators’ calls for better living conditions as “legitimate”. Students, activists and other protesters have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since Dec. 19, calling for an end to economic hardships …

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Qatar wins Asian cup against all odds

Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday. Ali’s early goal took him past Ali Daei’s 1996 tally and, …

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Kuwait defence minister in UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Tuesday, Sheikh Nasser bin Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Kuwait, His Highness welcomed Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, and held discussions …

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Visiting French President condemns human rights in Egypt

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that he told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a trip to Cairo that stability and security could not be separated from human rights. Macron, received with pomp during a three-day state visit, has been under pressure from non-governmental organizations to take …

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Jordan civil servants training in UAE

A weeklong training programme for Jordanian front office government employees will start tomorrow as part of the three-year strategic partnership agreement signed by the governments of the UAE and Jordan in June 2018, to improve government performance. The training initiative will offer insights into best communication practices and techniques for …

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Sudan’s Sadiq al-Mahdi says Omar al-Bashir must go

The leader of Sudan’s largest opposition party demanded that President Omar al-Bashir’s administration bow to mass protests and step down, in an address to hundreds of party supporters in a mosque near Khartoum on Friday. After Sadiq al-Mahdi’s remarks at Friday prayers, hundreds of protesters then marched through Omdurman, across …

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Protests spread beyond Khartoum following crackdown

Protests broke out in several Sudanese cities on Thursday and in many areas of the capital Khartoum, witnesses said, the most widespread demonstrations in a wave of anti-government unrest that began last month. Security forces fired tear gas at protesters in the Burri and al-Deem neighbourhoods of Khartoum and in …

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Qatari emir supports Sudan’s Bashir

The ruler of Qatar offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” on Wednesday at a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on his first foreign visit in more than a month of protests against him, a statement said. The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in …

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Qatar headed to Arab economic summit

Qatar’s emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office said on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had informed it he would come to lead the …

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Mourners of slain Sudanese protesters fired on

Sudanese police fired live ammunition at mourners outside the home of a 60-year-old protester who died early on Friday from a gunshot wound he sustained on Thursday night, a Reuters witness said. Around 2,000 mourners had gathered in the Burri neighborhood where the man, Moawia Othman, was shot on Thursday. …

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Bahrain recieves latest LNG floating unit

Bahrain’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating unit arrived in the Gulf this week as the country gets ready for its maiden imports of the super-chilled fuel this year, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed. “Bahrain Spirit”, a floating storage unit (FSU) with a capacity of about 173,000 cubic meters, is …

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Qatar not keen on reopening its embassy in Syria

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalisation of ties with the Syrian government. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria. Syria’s …

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Pompeo tries to end Qatar crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long. “We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared …

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Oman and UAE in bilateral talks

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, today met with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, to review ways of further boosting relations between the two sisterly countries across all fields. The meting, which took …

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Khartoum University Professors arrest in protest clampdown

Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed the most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule. The arrests came amid fresh demonstrations in Khartoum and Wad Madani in response to a call by a …

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