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Sudanese judge sentences pregnant Christian woman to death by hanging for apostasy

A Sudanese judge sentenced a heavily pregnant Christian woman to hang for apostasy, a ruling that Britain denounced as “barbaric” and left the United States “deeply disturbed”. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, is married to a Christian and is eight months pregnant, human rights activists say. Born to a Muslim…

Qatar invests unprecedented $135 million in largest funding for Sudan archaeology project

Sudan's rich but under-developed archaeological heritage has received an unprecedented $135 million (98 million euros) in funding from the Gulf state of Qatar, Sudanese officials said on Sunday. The money will support 29 projects including the rehabilitation……

U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned warring factions in South Sudan that reports of crimes against humanity will be investigated, as eyewitnesses spoke of a wave of brutal ethnic killings. The secretary general asked the Security Council to nearly double the size of the UN mission in the country,…

Sudan woman risks flogging over uncovered hair

A Sudanese woman says she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a “Taliban”-like law. Amira Osman Hamed faces a possible whipping if convicted at a trial which could come on September 19. Under Sudanese law her hair — and…

Chinese, Russian arms fuel Darfur abuse: Amnesty

KHARTOUM — Chinese-made bullets and aircraft bought from Russia are used to commit rights violations in Sudan’s Darfur under an ineffective UN arms embargo, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The London-based rights watchdog aired similar concerns five years ago but its latest report comes after “a new wave of fighting”…

Sudan closer to war than peace with south: Bashir

Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said on national television on Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions. “The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace,” he said. Bashir…

S. Sudan threatens legal action over oil ‘theft’

South Sudan will take legal action against Sudan and any companies engaging in the “theft” of its oil exports, the country’s oil ministersaid on Friday. Stephen Dhieu Dau branded any sale of southern oil confiscated by Sudan “an illegal act,” in response to Khartoum’s announcement on Wednesday that it would take 23 percent of…

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