Japanese diplomat wrestles for peace in Sudan

Japanese diplomat Yasuhiro Murotatsu (centre), known as "Muro" with Sudanese fighter Saleh Omar Bol Tia Kafi (left), nicknamed "Al-Mudiriya". Photo: AFP

In the thousands of years of Sudanese Nuba wrestling history, there had never been anything like it: A barefoot Japanese diplomat in a tight-fitting blue singlet stepping onto the sandy pitch to take on Sudan’s toughest.

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013, 11:02am

Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers with United Nations die in Darfur ambush

Peacekeepers with the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol the Shangli Tobaya area for displaced people in North Darfur state. Photo: AFP

The attack near the peacekeepers’ base at Manawashi, north of the South Darfur state capital Nyala, adds to deteriorating security in Sudan’s far-west region.

15 Jul 2013 - 4:46am

Sudan orders halt to deals with South after rebel attacks

Sudan yesterday cancelled nine security and economic pacts with South Sudan, ending a brief interlude of harmonious relations after border clashes.

"We will stop all nine agreements, not only oil," the country's information minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, said.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:37am

John Kerry urges Nigeria to respect human rights in rebel crackdown

John Kerry. Photo: AP

Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard to ease tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

26 May 2013 - 7:29am

Chinese businessmen slow to exploit potential for farming in Africa

Jin Jianzheng in his Chinese cabbage field in Khartoum.

The Chinese government has long encouraged businesses to invest in agriculture abroad, and Xi Jinping's first foreign trip as president in the past week involved visits to three African countries.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 2 comments

Briefs, February 24, 2013

Hasier Arraiz (front), the head of the new Basque party. Photo: AP

Six underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the US state of Washington are leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to public health, Governor Jay Inslee said.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

Briefs, January 24, 2013

A chimp at a research centre in Louisiana. Photo: NYT

Rebels on rampage at Syria's religious sites

24 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Four Chinese construction workers kidnapped in Darfur in Sudan

Armed men kidnapped four Chinese nationals and five Sudanese workers engaged in road construction in Sudan's strife-ridden Darfur region, the official Suna news agency reported yesterday.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

Sudan, South Sudan leaders agree to implement oil deal

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (left) greets the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, ahead of a Presidential summit between Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart. Photo: AFP

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on Saturday, to demilitarise their shared borders and revive a stalled oil exportation deal that has lagged for months over disputes on the setup of security arrangements in the border regions.

6 Jan 2013 - 11:13am

Former spy chief arrested in Sudan for 'inciting chaos'

Sudan arrested its former spy chief and other senior military and security officers yesterday after foiling what officials said was a plot to incite chaos and target leaders.

Witnesses said they saw army tanks and armoured vehicles moving down a main street in the centre of Khartoum around midnight, but life in the city was normal during the day with shops in the centre bustling.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Sudan denies Iran role in arms factory

Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman speaks during a press conference on the explosion of a weapons factory in Khartoum, Sudan, October 24, 2012. Media reports state that Sudan accused Israel of causing the explosion of a weapons factory in Khartoum.

Sudan’s foreign ministry on Monday denied that Iran had any involvement in a military factory which Khartoum says was attacked by Israeli aircraft last week.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms what is known by all: that Iran has no need to manufacture weapons in Sudan, for Iran or for its allies,” the ministry said in a statement.

30 Oct 2012 - 5:48am

Sudan accuses Israel of air raid, threatens action

Sudanese demonstrators hold banners and chant anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in Khartoum on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Sudanese government officials met in urgent session after accusing Israel of a deadly missile strike on a military factory in Khartoum, 18 months after alleging a similar raid by the Jewish state.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:05pm

Sudan threatens Israel with missile attack revenge

Fire raging at the state-owned Yarmouk military factory in southern Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, October 24. Photo: AFP

Sudan has accused Israel of carrying out missile strikes against a military factory that killed two people in Khartoum overnight and threatened retaliatory action.

"We think Israel did the bombing," culture and information minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told a news conference. "We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose."

25 Oct 2012 - 4:45am

Briefs, October 8, 2012

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with a Jewish leader. Photo: AFP

Venezuelans go to polls in tough test for Chavez

8 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

Sudan military plane crashes outside Khartoum

A Sudanese military transport plane crashed in the desert outside the capital Khartoum on Sunday, killing some and injuring others, the army said.

“The pilot informed the airport that he had a problem with one of his engines,” before the plane went down west of Jebel Aulia, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese army spokesman, said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am