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Sudanese demand civilian government

Huge crowds formed outside Sudan’s defense ministry on Thursday, joining a sit-in protest to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand power to civilians. Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening – the largest crowds to gather in the center of the capital since last week, when …

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Sudan confiscates funds of old regime

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. The TMC also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or …

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UAE and Jordan targets public sector

The UAE and Jordan have launched a new phase of their strategic partnership to modernize government work and upgrade the institutional system in the public sector. Areas of cooperation include developing government services with a focus on smart solutions, enhancing institutional performance, promoting innovation, cultivating leadership skills, building competencies, as …

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Qatar calls for embargo on Haftar

Qatar’s foreign minister has called for an effective arms embargo against eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and for his troops to withdraw from areas they have occupied, Italian daily La Repubblica said on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also told the newspaper in an interview he was …

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Defiant protestors shelter Sudan sit-in

Sudanese protesters moved to block an attempt on Monday to break up a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry, where demonstrators have been pushing for a quick transition to civilian rule after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted, a Reuters witness said. Troops had gathered on three sides of the sit-in and …

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Egypt-Israel gas-dipsute near resolution

Israel’s energy minister said on Sunday that an arbitration case with Egypt over a defunct natural gas deal could be solved in the coming months, but that the issue was not holding back cooperation in the sector. In 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce ordered Egypt to pay state-owned Israel …

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Sudanese protestors oust defence minister

Sudan’s defense minister stepped down abruptly on Friday as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council after only a day in the post, as protesters demanded quicker political change following President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster by the armed forces. Hours after the military council sought to calm public anger by …

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Sudan protesters say no to military transition plan

Sudan’s main protest organizing group on Friday rejected the transitional military council promise to set up a civilian government and hand over power to an elected president within two years. “Our demands are clear, just and legitimate, but the coupists (the regime’s security committee)… are not capable of creating change, …

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UPDATE – Bashir gone, ousted by military

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces. In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential …

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Sudan’s Bashir rumoured to be leaving

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down by the military on Thursday after three decades of autocratic power, and moves were under way to form a transitional council to run the country, Sudanese sources said. Government sources and the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, …

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Sudanese army protecting protests against security forces

Sudanese soldiers intervened to protect demonstrators on Monday after security forces tried to break up a protest by thousands of anti-government demonstrators camping outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum, witnesses and activists said. They said that riot police and secret service personnel charged the demonstrators with pickup trucks while …

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Sudan suffers blackout during protests

Sudan suffered a total power blackout on Sunday, the ministry of electricity and water said. The ministry gave no explanation for the blackout, but said in a statement that engineers and technicians were trying to restore power. It added that more information would be provided later. Source: Reuters

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Sudanese protests reach presidential palace

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse thousands of demonstrators converged on President Omar al-Bashir’s residence in Khartoum on Saturday, in what appeared the largest protest for his ouster yet, witnesses said. Regular protests against Bashir’s nearly 30 years in office began in December. Saturday’s protest was …

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Kuwait gets okay from IMF consultation team

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, Executive Board has announced that it concluded the 2019 Article IV consultation with Kuwait. Proceedings saw discussions on the Financial System Stability Assessment, FSSA, of Kuwait and concluded on 25th March. According to the IMF, growth has resumed in Kuwait, and the current account rebounded …

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Egyptian minimum wage rises for all

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has raised the minimum wage to 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($115.74) a month from 1,200, he said at an event on Saturday celebrating women. He indicated the raise would apply to all Egyptian workers. Source: Reuters

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Brazilian import on rise in Arab world

A total of $1.22 billion worth of Brazilian products were imported into Arab countries during February this year, a 7 percent increase from $1.14 billion posted over the same period in 2018, revealed the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). According to ABCC senior officials, the top Brazilian imports to …

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Other Gulf states condemn Trump move

Four Gulf Arab states on Tuesday rejected a U.S. decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, with Riyadh warning the move would hurt the peace process and affect regional stability. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait – all regional allies of Washington that host American troops – criticized …

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Oman investing in Sri Lankan oil

Oman’s oil minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to participate in the launching of a $3.85 billion oil refinery project, government officials in Colombo said, three days after Oman said it had not yet agreed to invest in the facility. The arrival of Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy could …

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Robot jockeys in Egyptian camel races

Remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel racing festival in northeastern Egypt, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to stop using child riders. Organizers fielded around 20 robots – child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance – alongside dozens of real …

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Female protestors to be lashed and imprisoned in Sudan

Nine female Sudanese protesters were sentenced on Saturday to 20 lashes and one month in prison for rioting, the Democratic Alliance of Lawyers said, a day after President Omar al-Bashir ordered the release of all women detained in anti-government demonstrations. Bashir declared a state of emergency last month that produced …

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Kuwait happy with current rate of oil prices

Kuwait’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Fadhil said current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported on Sunday. Al Rai cited al-Fadhil saying “current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, as consumer countries see that a price between $60-70 is a good price for everyone.” …

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Sudanese president releases female protesters on Women’s Day

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on International Women’s Day on Friday ordered the release of all women arrested in connection with anti-government demonstrations, hours after protesters marched in the two largest cities. Sudan has seen near-daily protests against Bashir since Dec. 19. The demonstrations were triggered by price increases and cash …

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Sudan protests spinning out of control

Hundreds of protesters chanted anti-government slogans after leaving prayers at a major mosque near Sudan’s capital on Friday, drawing tear-gas volleys from police, eyewitnesses said. The demonstration in the city of Omdurman, which started outside Al-Sayed Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi mosque that has ties to the opposition Umma party, was the …

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