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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.