Outgoing Namibian president wins $5 mln Africa leadership prize

Namibia`s outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation`s $5 million African leadership prize, an award meant to recognise good governance that had only been presented only three times before in eight years.

UN-AU mission in Sudan`s Darfur cuts 770 jobs

 The UN-AU mission in Sudan`s Darfur (UNAMID) will cut 770 civilian jobs, it said on Saturday, as it faces pressure from Khartoum to withdraw from the war-torn western region.

Sudan opposition figures may be freed if they apologise: Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Wednesday that two opposition figures detained after they signed an agreement to form an anti-government alliance could be freed if they apologise.

Sudan election campaign to start amid opposition boycott

Campaigning for Sudan`s presidential and parliamentary elections starts Tuesday with Omar al-Bashir facing little competition for the presidency, a multi-party boycott and the opposition and press facing mounting repression.

US eases Sudan communications sanctions

The United States on Tuesday eased sanctions against Sudan by allowing Americans to send some communications hardware and software, including smartphones, officials said.

U.S. to allow export of smartphones, PCs to Sudan to boost access

The United States on Tuesday eased restrictions on the export of some personal telecommunications devices to Sudan such as smartphones and computers, to help give ordinary Sudanese greater access to social networking and the Internet. 

Sudan seizes print runs of 13 newspapers: Watchdog

 Sudanese security officers seized the print runs of 13 newspapers on Monday in one of the most sweeping crackdowns on the press in recent years, a media watchdog said.

Sudan police open probe into UNAMID rape claim: Ministry

The Sudanese police are investigating an officer from the UN-African Union mission in Darfur over allegations he raped a woman in the western region, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday.

UN threatens sanctions against Sudan government and rebels

The UN Security Council threatened new sanctions against Sudanese government officials and armed groups that attack civilians in Darfur, target peacekeepers and impede efforts to end the 12-year conflict in Sudan's vast western region.

3 Sudanese Red Cross workers killed in war-torn Blue Nile

Three members of the Sudanese Red Cross were killed Sunday in an attack in the war-torn Blue Nile area, where Khartoum is currently battling rebels, officials said.

US, UK and Norway call for S.Sudan peace within a month

The United States, the United Kingdom and Norway called on Friday for rival factions in the South Sudan conflict to reach a final peace agreement in a month and form a transitional government by July.

Bulgarian UN contractors freed in Sudan

Six Bulgarian contractors for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) who were held for a week by Sudan rebels were freed on Sunday, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

Six Bulgarians working for UN held by Sudan rebels

 Six Bulgarians working on contract for the UN were being held Wednesday by rebels in southern Sudan after their helicopter was forced to land, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said.

Darfur offers Islamists "fertile ground" as violence persists: UN

United Nations experts warned that Sudan`s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence in the country`s conflict-torn Darfur region rages at an alarming level.

Hospital 'targeted' in Sudan government air raid: MSF

A Sudanese warplane deliberately targeted one of the few hospitals operating in South Kordofan state, where ethnic minority rebels have been fighting government troops, an international medical charity charged Friday.

Paris attack lends publicity to book about an Islamified France

A new book imagining a future France coming under Islamic rule hit French bookshops on Wednesday -- the same day as the deadly attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris by what appeared to be Muslim jihadists.

UN peacekeepers attacked in Sudan

United Nations peacekeepers were attacked by unidentified armed men in two separate incidents in Sudan, authorities said.

Gunmen attack Darfur peacekeepers

Unidentified gunmen launched two attacks on Tuesday on peacekeepers in Sudan's violence-wracked Darfur region, with two of the assailants killed in ensuing clashes, the UN-African Union mission said.

Sudan President says vote must go ahead for `stability`

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Wednesday elections slated for April and widely expected to extend his rule must go ahead on schedule to preserve stability, despite opposition calls for a delay.

Sudan orders senior UN officials to leave

Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, a UN spokesman said Thursday, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.