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Singapore says Myanmar should still be blocked from ASEAN

Singapore’s leader said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should continue excluding Myanmar’s junta from its meeting until it cooperates on an agreed peace plans. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a video call on Friday urged the regional group’s new chair, Cambodia, to engage all sides in Myanmar’s …

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Guterres condemns continued democratic crackdown in Sudan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the continued violence targeting anti-coup demonstrators in Sudan, his spokesman said. Guterres called on the “Sudanese security forces to exercise the utmost restraint and adhere to their obligations in relation to the rights to freedom of assembly and expression,” Stephane Dujarric said in …

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Hamdok finally quits as new protests quashed

Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned Sunday, more than two months after a coup and following another deadly crackdown on protesters, with the military now firmly in control. Sudan had been undergoing a fragile journey toward civilian rule since the 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar Al-Bashir, but was plunged …

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Sudan protests take off again, met by tear gas

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters trying to march toward the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. Thursday was the 11th day of major demonstrations since an Oct. 25 coup, which saw Abdallah Hamdok removed and then reinstated as prime minister. The demonstrators have …

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Hamdok says he will resign in a few hours time

Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has told a group of national political and intellectual figures that he intends to resign in the coming hours, two sources close to Hamdok told Reuters on Tuesday. Hamdok was reinstated on Nov. 21 following a coup a month earlier that saw the military take …

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Tunisians commemorate revolution with new protests

Official observances took place at the birthplace of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, while opponents and supporters of the country’s president held rival demonstrations in the capital Friday, the new date the leader chose to mark Revolution Day. A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Friday morning to protest Tunisian President …

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Coup leader sacks Sudan intelligence chiefs

Sudan’s military leader has overhauled top intelligence positions, dismissing at least eight general intelligence officers and replacing the head of military intelligence, two official sources told Reuters on Sunday. The decision by Sovereign Council head Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan comes a week after he struck a deal to reinstate Prime Minister …

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Blinken wants more guarantee from Sudan coup plotter

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and military leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the State Department said, after the military reinstated Hamdok on Sunday following last month’s coup. Blinken told Sudanese leaders in calls that the country needs to make more …

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Post-coup Sudan council appointed by coup leaders

Sudan’s General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday named a new ruling council to steer the country’s transition after last month’s military takeover, state television reported. The announcement came more than two weeks since Burhan dissolved the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, detained the civilian leadership, and declared a …

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Internationals for Sudan to release captive civilian officials

Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan ordered the release of four civilian members of the ousted government of Abdallah Hamdok, state television said on Thursday. Ministers Hamza Baloul, Ali Jiddo, Hashim Hasabalrasoul and Yousef Adam were ordered released, it added.The move came following a call with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, …

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Tunis crackdown on opposition party TV channel

Tunisian security forces on Wednesday seized broadcasting equipment used by an unlicensed television station close to the Islamist-inspired Ennahda party, the country’s media authority said. Zitouna TV, considered close to Ennahda and its ally Al-Karama, both of which oppose a July power grab by President Kais Saied, had been operating …

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Pitched battle between ISIS and Sudanese forces

Four suspected Islamic State-linked militants and one Sudanese security forces member were killed during clashes in a raid in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Monday, state news agency SUNA reported. Sudanese security forces clashed with militants in southern Khartoum on Monday, state TV and witnesses said, days after a raid on …

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Tunis protests deepen in face of growing presidential power

Several thousand demonstrators rallied in the Tunisian capital on Sunday to protest against President Kais Saied’s seizure of power, calling on him to step down in the biggest show of public anger since his intervention.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.481.0_en.html#goog_91845150  Saied this week brushed aside much of the 2014 constitution, giving himself power to rule …

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Sudanese military defends coup decision

Sudanese military leaders said on Wednesday the civilian politicians they share power with had opened the door to a coup attempt by neglecting public welfare while they were consumed by internal squabbles. A body known as the Sovereign Council has ruled Sudan under a fragile power-sharing deal between the military …

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Field Marshal Tantawi dies at 85

Field Marshal Hussein, the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt’s presidency said. He was 85. After his stint as Egypt‘s de facto leader, he was soon sacked by the country’s first …

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Military plane crash in Sudan leaves three dead

A Sudanese military plane crashed in the White Nile south of the capital, Khartoum, killing all onboard, authorities said on Friday. Authorities retrieved three bodies of officers, including a lieutenant colonel, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. Search efforts were still ongoing for others who were onboard when …

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Facebook caught promoting Mynmaar coup plotters

Facebook’s recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company’s own policies in Myanmar following a military takeover in February, a new report by the rights group Global Witness says. A month after the military seized power in Myanmar and imprisoned elected leaders, Facebook’s algorithms were still …

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Buddhist monk supporters of Mynmar military break ranks

Myanmar’s most powerful Buddhist monks’ association called on the junta to end violence against protesters and accused an “armed minority” of torture and killing innocent civilians since last month’s coup, media said on Wednesday. In its most forthright condemnation of the military’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, the government-appointed organisation …

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Holland condemns China for Uighur Muslim genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country. Activists and UN rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western …

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UN issues verbal warnings for military crackdown in Maynmar

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a U.N. envoy warned the army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations. Despite the deployment of armoured vehicles and soldiers in some major cities on the …

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Ex-military men can no longer run for Egyptian presidency

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has approved legal amendments that restrict retired army officers from running in elections without permission from the military, according to an announcement in the official gazette on Wednesday. Critics of Sisi, a former army chief who was re-elected for a second term in 2018, say the …

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Mass grave unearthed in Sudan

Sudanese authorities have found a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of 28 army officers shot in a foiled coup attempt against former President Omar Bashir in 1990, the public prosecutor said. It was the second Bashir-era mass grave uncovered in as many months. Bashir’s repressive rule collapsed last …

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Latest terrorist attack in Sinai

The Egyptian army said it has killed 18 suspected militants who attacked a military post in northern Sinai on Tuesday and foiled their ‮‮”‬‬terrorist‮‮”‬‬ attack. Two army personnel were killed and four others wounded in the attack which took place in the Bir al-Abed area, it said in a statement. …

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Egypt sets date for Senate elections in August

Egypt will hold inaugural elections for a new second parliamentary chamber on Aug. 11-12, election commissioner Lasheen Ibrahim said on Saturday. Amendments made to Egypt’s constitution last year provided for the creation of the Council of Senators, a 180-member secondary chamber that will be two-thirds elected by the public and …

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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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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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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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