7,000 seek Sudan asylum after fleeing western Ethiopia violence

At least 7,000 people who fled escalating ethnic violence in western Ethiopia have sought asylum in neighbouring Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid heightened tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Violence in the Metekel Zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region is separate from the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which […]

Sudan devalues currency in effort to access debt relief

The move meets key demand by international financial institutions to help Sudan’s transitional authorities overhaul its battered economy. The Central Bank of Sudan has sharply devalued the currency, announcing a new regime to “unify” official and black-market exchange rates in an effort to overcome a crippling economic crisis and access debt relief. The change on […]

‘Unforgivable’: Sudan, Ethiopia trade barbs over border dispute

Clashes erupted last year between both forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers. Sudan has accused Ethiopia of an “unforgivable insult” in its sharpest statement yet since a decades-old border dispute flared late last year. Clashes erupted between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers […]

UN warns COVID hardship could swell ranks of child soldiers

Top UN official says coronavirus pandemic has also hampered efforts to protect children in conflict zones. More children could be pushed into joining armed groups in conflict zones as families face increasing poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a top United Nations official has warned. The exact number of child soldiers is unknown, but in […]

Sudan’s prime minister names new cabinet

Reshuffle comes as Abdalla Hamdok struggles to push through reforms and secure foreign financing to boost economy. Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed Darfur rebel leader Gibril Ibrahim as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Hamdok announced his new cabinet, which includes ministers from the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of armed groups, […]

Sudan: Further GERD filling ‘direct threat’ to national security

Irrigation and water resources minister says the unilateral move by Ethiopia in July would ‘threaten the lives of half the population in central Sudan’. Sudan has said neighbouring Ethiopia should not unilaterally go ahead with the further filling a massive dam on the Blue Nile River, saying such a move would threaten its national security. […]

Sudan warns Ethiopia against second filling of dam without deal

Irrigation minister said citizens living near Blue Nile downstream at risk as Addis Ababa plans to begin second filling of GERD. Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas has warned Addis Ababa against a planned phase second filling of a controversial dam reservoir without signing an agreement with the stakeholders, adding that the move threatens the safety of Sudanese […]

Rising tension as Ethiopia and Sudan deadlocked on border dispute

Age-old territorial claims are threatening to embroil Ethiopia and Sudan into armed conflict, as bickering over disputed strips of farmland in recent weeks has boiled over into the most serious escalation of border tensions in years. The uptick in skirmishes initially involving militias from the two countries saw the neighbours’ national armies intervene – and […]

Sudan denies occupying Ethiopian territory in contested region

Foreign Ministry spokesman tells Al Jazeera its troops redeployed on the Sudanese side of the border with Ethiopia. Sudan has denied claims by Ethiopia of occupying its territory, in the latest dispute over the contested al-Fashqa area. Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mansour Boulad said on Wednesday the Sudanese army had redeployed its forces in the […]

Israel hails first official visit to Sudan as relations begin

In Khartoum, Israeli and Sudanese officials discuss diplomatic, security and economic issues after launching ties. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen led a delegation to Khartoum months after Sudan agreed to normalise relations. Monday’s visit marked the first time an Israeli minister headed an official delegation to the North African state, Cohen’s office said on Tuesday. […]

Tense calm in Darfur as troops deployed after clashes kill 155

Sudanese government deploys military units to western region to restore order after three days of interethnic violence. A tense calm has been reported in Sudan’s Darfur region after a heavy deployment of soldiers in the wake of days of interethnic violence that killed at least 155 people, wounded scores more and displaced tens of thousands. […]

Sudan troops deployed in Darfur after clashes kill 155

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1611072026166772400 Tue, 2021-01-19 14:20 KHARTOUM: A heavy Sudanese troop presence helped restore calm Tuesday in the Darfur region, local sources said, after three days of inter-ethnic violence which claimed at least 155 lives and displaced tens of thousands. The transitional government in the capital Khartoum has deployed military units […]

IMF working ‘very intensively’ with Sudan for debt relief

The move comes after Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism was dropped after nearly 30 years. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is working “very intensively” with Sudan to build the conditions for broad debt relief and will assess progress on a staff-monitored programme in March, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said. She told […]

Clashes between rival groups in South Darfur leave 47 dead

Violence follows the killing of at least 83 people on Saturday and Sunday in West Darfur. Clashes between rival ethnic groups in Sudan’s South Darfur state have left 47 people dead, a day after more than 80 people were killed in separate clashes elsewhere in the restive region. “The clashes between the Rizeigat tribe and […]

At least 48 people killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence, according to state media. “The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48,” the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of West Darfur state and quoting the local branch of the […]

Timeline: How the Arab Spring unfolded 10 years ago

On January 14, 2011, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after weeks of protests, ending his 24-year rule. What began as a protest by Mohamed Bouazizi – a fruit vendor who set himself on fire – the month before, sparked the period of unrest that unseated Ben Ali. Protests and uprising were […]

Sudan says Ethiopian military plane crossed its border

Ethiopia denies Sudan’s claim, which it said was a ‘dangerous escalation’ in the border dispute between both sides. Sudan says an Ethiopian military aircraft entered its airspace in “a dangerous escalation” to a border dispute that has seen deadly clashes in recent weeks. “In a dangerous and unjustified escalation, an Ethiopian military aircraft penetrated the […]

Ethiopia warns Sudan over military build-up amid border tensions

Tensions over longstanding feud over the disputed al-Fashqa region come amid new impasse in three-way dispute over mega-dam. Ethiopia has accused Sudanese forces of pushing further into a contested border region that has been the site of deadly clashes in recent weeks, warning that its “peaceful” approach to the dispute “has its limit”. Sharing a […]

Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt talks on mega-dam break down, again

Sudan expresses frustration after negotiations stall but Egypt, Ethiopia blame Sudanese objections for the new impasse. A new round of negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt aimed at resolving a long-running dispute about a giant dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile has broken down once again. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has […]

Sudan signs deal to normalise relations with Israel

Prime minister’s office said Sudan signed ‘Abraham Accords’; deal also gives Sudan ‘access to over $1bn in annual financing’. Sudan has signed the “Abraham Accords” with the United States despite the move being rejected by its political parties when it was first announced in October last year. A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime […]

Nile dam dispute: Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia agree to hold more talks

The three counties will hold more talks over disputed dam this month after previous negotiations failed to reach a deal. Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed on Sunday to hold further talks this month to resolve their long-running dispute over the Addis Ababa’s huge dam on the Blue Nile, Sudan’s water ministry said. Previous three-way talks […]

‘Our children die in our hands’: Floods ravage South Sudan

On a scrap of land surrounded by flooding in South Sudan, families drink and bathe from the waters that swept away latrines and continue to rise. Nearly a million people in the country have been displaced or isolated for months by the worst flooding in memory, with the intense rainy season a sign of climate […]

Egypt summons Ethiopia diplomat over Nile dam remarks

Cairo condemns what it calls an ‘attack on Egyptian state’ and accuses Addis Ababa of using an ‘aggressive tone’. Egypt’s foreign ministry has said it has summoned Ethiopia’s top diplomat in Cairo over comments by an Addis Ababa official regarding a controversial dam on the Nile. The Egyptian ministry “summoned the Ethiopian Charge d’Affaires in […]