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Saudi Arabia imposes more tax on e-cigarettes, soft drinks

Saudi Arabia has imposed a special tax on electronic cigarettes and sugary drinks, extending similar taxes introduced in 2017 as it seeks to reduce a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.
Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the defence ministry in Khartoum on April 12, 2019. Reuters

Sudan protesters insist on civilian head for new governing body

Sudanese protest leaders said Sunday they will insist civilian runs a planned new governing body in new talks with army rulers, as Islamists warn against excluding sharia from the political roadmap.
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the Rapid Support Forces and deputy head of the Transitional Military Council speaks after the Ramadan prayers and Iftar organized by Sultan of Darfur Ahmed Hussain in Khartoum, Sudan, May 18, 2019.

General: ‘Real democracy’ the goal in Sudan

The deputy leader of Sudan’s military council voiced his enthusiasm for democratic elections in front of an audience of tribal leaders and senior diplomats Saturday, while seeking to deflect blame for violence in Khartoum this week.
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Egypt blackface sketch spotlights racism in region

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region.
Lyon defender Jeremy Morel made the selection to represent Barea for their first Afcon appearance after impressing in their final two qualification fixtures against Sudan and Senegal.

AFCON: Lyon centre-back Jeremy Morel tops Madagascar’s 23-man squad

Lyon defender Jeremy Morel made the selection to represent Barea for their first Afcon appearance after impressing in their final two qualification fixtures against Sudan and Senegal.
Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the new head of the Sudanese interim military council, met with gulf envoys on Tuesday (AFP)

Sudan army rulers, protesters agree on 3-year transition period

Sudanese army rulers and protest leaders Wednesday agreed on a three-year transition period for transferring power to a full civilian administration, even as negotiations over a new sovereign ruling body remain unfinished.

Rotimi Amaechi: Nigeria didn’t mortgage property for China loan

Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China.

Minister: Nigeria did not mortgage property for China loan

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China.
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Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper eager for Nigeria U-23 action

Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is eagerly looking forward to donning the green and white jersey of Nigeria against Sudan in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture in June.

African Union and UN back civilian-led Sudan transition

The African Union and the United Nations said they are supporting a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan following last month's overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.
Sudanese protesters arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, April 27, 2019.

Sudan mediators propose two transition councils

Sudanese mediators facilitating talks between the army rulers and protest leaders have proposed the country have two transition councils, with one led by generals overseeing security, a protest leader said Sunday.
FILE PHOTO- South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir sign a cease-fire and power-sharing agreement in Khartoum, Sudan August 5, 2018. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-File Photo

South Sudan adversaries meet in bid to save peace deal

South Sudan’s rival parties began two days of talks in Addis Ababa on Thursday in a bid to salvage a peace deal, with just days left before a unity government is meant to be formed.
South Sudan's civil war broke out two years after its independence from Sudan [Jason Patinkin-AP]

South Sudan rivals to hold talks to salvage stalled peace deal

South Sudan's warring parties are set to hold talks in Addis Ababa on Thursday in a bid to salvage a stalled peace deal, with just days to go until a unity government is meant to be formed.
Sudanese protesters walk between barricades on a road leading to the defense ministry compound in Khartoum, April 30, 2019. Reuters

Sudan tensions spike as military push to clear protester barricades

Tensions between Sudan’s ruling military council and protesters have spiked after the military warned it could remove barricades near their month-long sit-in. Protesters responded by fortifying obstacles around the protest camp and calling for a mass rally to pressure the military to hand over power to civilians.
Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the defence ministry in Khartoum on April 12, 2019. Reuters

Sudan protesters say army trying to break up sit-in

Sudan's main protest group said on Monday the army was trying to disperse a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum by removing barricades, but witnesses said troops had not moved in.

IMF: No lending to Sudan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it will continue to provide Sudan with technical assistance and policy support.
Sudanese protesters arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, April 27, 2019.

Sudan military, opposition agree to joint council

Sudan’s military rulers and opposition agreed in principle Saturday to the formation of a joint body to lead a transition from 30 years of autocratic rule by Omar al-Bashir, but not on the new council’s makeup, two sources said.
Sudanese protesters from the city of Atbara, sitting atop a train, arrive at the Bahari station in Khartoum on April 23, 2019. – The passengers, who had travelled from the town of Atbara where the first protest against ousted president Omar al-Bashir erupted on December 19, chanted “freedom, peace, justice”. Many protesters perched on the roof of the train, waving Sudanese flags as it chugged through north Khartoum’s Bahari railway station before winding its way to the protest site, an AFP photographer said. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Sudanese protesters delay naming of civilian government

The organisers of the protests that drove Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power are delaying their announcement of a transitional civilian government as they hold new negotiations with the ruling military council.

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