Area Total 1,861,484 sq km
Climate hot and dry; arid desert; rainy season varies by region (April to November)
Natural Resources petroleum; small reserves of iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold; hydropower
Imports UAE 12.7%, Egypt 10.6%, India 10.5%, Turkey 10.2%, Japan 7.6%, Saudi Arabia 6%, Germany 4.6% (2017) – foodstuffs, manufactured goods, refinery and transport equipment, medicines, chemicals, textiles, wheat
Government presidential republic
Capital Khartoum
Population 43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Sudanese Arab (approximately 70%), Fur, Beja, Nuba, Fallata
Language Arabic (official), English (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur
Exports UAE 55.5%, Egypt 14.7%, Saudi Arabia 8.8% (2017) – gold; oil and petroleum products; cotton, sesame, livestock, peanuts, gum Arabic, sugar

News about Sudan

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  • U.S. says Sudan agrees to normalization with Israel
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 23, 2020 - The United States announced on Friday that Sudan has agreed to normalize ties with Israel following a conference call between leaders of U.S., Sudan and Israel. The announcement follows months of speculation and reports that the US has been quietly pressing Sudan to normalize relations with Israel in return for an expedited path to […]

  • Sudan and Israel agree US-brokered deal on normalising relations
    by Jason Burke and Oliver Holmes on October 23, 2020

    Donald Trump seeks to score points from deal; Palestinians call it ‘a new stab in the back’Israel and Sudan have agreed to work towards normalising relations in a deal brokered by the US that would make Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months.Donald Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday […]

  • AU, UN officials to discuss UNITAMS deployment with Sudanese officials
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 22, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - United Nations and African Unions officials are planning to hold with the Sudanese officials on the future of UN mission in Sudan as the Darfur peacekeeping mission will withdraw by December 2020. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of the Department for Peace Operations and the African Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, […]

  • UN envoy lauds improved relations between Sudan & S. Sudan
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 22, 2020 (NEW YORK) – The United Nations Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga has lauded the strengthening relations between Sudan and neighboring South Sudan. While briefing the Security Council on Thursday after visiting Sudan, Onanga-Anyanga said the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan continues to strengthen, […]

  • Umma party rejects normalization with Israel, threatens to withdraw support to Sudan's gov't
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 22, 2020 (KHARTOUM) -The leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) Sadiq al-Mahdi Thursday rejected any normalization of relations with Israel and threatened to withdraw his support to the transitional government. Al-Mahdi's statement came after reports that a Sudanese, American and Israeli meeting in Khartoum on Wednesday had finalized the details […]

  • Malong denies calling for removal of ministers, two VPs
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 22, 2020 (NAIROBI) – The opposition South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) has dismissed allegations that its leader, Gen. Paul Malong Awan secretly asked for removal of certain ministers and two Vice-Presidents as a pre-condition for his return to the country. The office of the SSUF/A leader, in a statement issued Wednesday, accused some […]

  • Israel emerges again as key requirement before to take Sudan off U.S. terror list
    by on October 23, 2020

    October 22, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Normalization with Israel has surfaced again as a part of the White House's requirements for Sudan's removal from the list of state sponsors of terrorism after reports about a second meeting in Khartoum to finalize the process. The establishment of diplomatic relations between Sudan and Israel pell-mell emerged during the […]

  • Amnesty urges to prioritize al-Bashir's handover to ICC
    by on October 22, 2020

    October 21, 2020 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese authorities should hand over former President Omer al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to expedite justice in Darfur as the country still struggling to reform the judiciary system, said Amnesty International on Wednesday. Fatou Bensouda was in Khartoum this week for talks with the government […]

  • Ex-minister calls for free and fair elections in South Sudan
    by on October 22, 2020

    October 21, 2020 (JUBA) – A former South Sudanese Petroleum minister has said free and fair elections will resolve the country' woes. In an op-ed published on October 21, Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth says the elections should be in line with regional and international conventions, including African Charter on Democracy and Elections. “For this to happen, we […]

  • Independent group accuses Sudanese police of excessive force toward protesters
    by on October 22, 2020

    October 21, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The independent Central Sudan Doctors Committee (CSDC) Wednesday denounced police brutality against peaceful protests, saying a demonstrator was killed and 12 others injured. Thousands of demonstrators from the government supporters or the Islamist opposition staged protests in Khartoum state denouncing the deteriorating […]

  • Why Sudan's interests lie in U.S. delisting and normalization with Israel
    by on October 22, 2020

    By: Trayo A. Ali How will the de-linking of the American process for removing Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terror (SST) list from its process of normalizing relations with Israel diminish the chances of a golden opportunity for Sudan? First: Sudan's delisting is linked to other strategic issues From the look of things, the strategy of dealing with the […]

  • No to calls for anti-peace protests
    by on October 22, 2020

    By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Some traditional Sudanese political parties have grown old and are crying out to demand that the Sudanese people go out on October 21, 2020, in a major demonstration to bring down the government of the transitional prime minister, Dr Abdallah Hamdok, so the Sudanese people must not respond to this strife that was calling against the […]

  • Pompeo says process to rescind Sudan's terror designation has started
    by on October 22, 2020

    October 21, 2020 (KHARTOUM) – The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that Washington has kicked off the process by which Sudan would get off the list of states that sponsor terrorism but declined to give a timeline. “I don't know the precise timing, but we are – we have begun the process to lift the designation of state […]

  • Sudan does not expect immediate improvement in its economy: minister
    by on October 21, 2020

    October 20, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's Minister of Finance said they do not expect a quick improvement of the economic situation in the country after its removal from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his readiness to remove Sudan from the terror list as soon as compensations of the victims are […]

  • Eritrean delegation congratulates Sudan on planned US terror delisting
    by on October 21, 2020

    October 20, 2020 (KHARTOUM) – Senior Eritrean officials arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday to deliver a message from President Isaias Afwerki congratulating Sudan for being removed from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab, the delegation met the Chairman of the Sovereign […]

  • ICC, Sudan discussed cooperation agreement on Darfur crimes: Bensouda
    by on October 21, 2020

    October 20, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The war crimes court prosecutor discussed the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Sudanese government as The Hague-based tribunal prepares to send investigations teams to Darfur after the ouster of the al-Bashir regime. Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court on Tuesday concluded a three-day visit to Khartoum […]

  • The 21 October March: Who is the Enemy?
    by on October 21, 2020

    By Yasir Arman One of the main features of the December revolution is its vitality and the broad participation of women and youth, resistance committees, martyrs' families, forces from the margins and all the states of Sudan. This is the source of its continued strength. Its main weaknesses are the absence of a unified leadership with a vision and program, […]

  • US removes Sudan from terrorism blacklist in return for $335m
    by Jason Burke and Oliver Holmes on October 19, 2020

    Compensation payment pledged for alleged role in bombing of two US embassiesWashington has removed Sudan from a terrorism blacklist after the country agreed to pay $335m in compensation for its alleged role in the bombing of two US embassies in east Africa by al-Qaida in 1998.Donald Trump tweeted the news of the deal on Monday. “GREAT news! New government […]

  • Revealed: chaining, beatings and torture inside Sudan's Islamic schools
    by Fateh Al-Rahman Al-Hamdani on October 19, 2020

    Two-year BBC News Arabic investigation uncovers horrific conditions, with boys as young as five facing violence and sexual abuseAn April evening in the suburbs of Khartoum. After months of undercover work, I had learned to time my visits to khalwas, Sudan’s Islamic schools, to coincide with evening prayers. I entered while the sheikhs (teachers) and […]

  • Man who was on boat with Sudanese refugee who drowned makes it to UK
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih on October 12, 2020

    Ahmed Fadol Adam was with Abdulfatah Hamdallah when dinghy capsized in Channel The survivor who was with Abdulfatah Hamdallah, the Sudanese refugee who drowned in the Channel in August, has made it safely to the UK after taking the same route.Ahmed Fadol Adam, 21, who said he spent five years enslaved in Libya, travelled with 11 other Sudanese refugees and […]

  • Stuart King obituary
    by Ruth Whitaker on October 11, 2020

    In the aftermath of the second world war, my friend Stuart King, who has died aged 98, believed that aircraft could be used for peace rather than war. As an RAF engineer he was able to put that belief into practice by helping to create Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a Christian missionary organisation that also acts as a humanitarian air service, flying […]

  • Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and Covid
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih on September 17, 2020

    Cost of sugar, bread and transport soar, while promised World Bank aid is yet to arriveMillions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country.The cost of some staple foods like bread and sugar has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up […]

  • 'Confounding': Covid may have already peaked in many African countries
    by Karen McVeigh on September 16, 2020

    One explanation for virus not behaving as expected could be previous exposure to other infections, experts tell MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has peaked earlier than expected in many African countries, confounding early predictions, experts have told MPs.Scientists do not yet know why, but one […]

  • Sudan declares emergency as record flooding kills dozens – video
    on September 10, 2020

    Sudan has declared a three-month state of emergency after flooding that has killed and injured dozens of people and damaged more than 100,000 homes, according to the government.Much of the flooding was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia, which caused the Nile to rise to nearly 17.5 metres (57ft) at the end of August – the […]

  • Sudan declares state of emergency as record flooding kills 99 people
    by Nicola Slawson on September 5, 2020

    Floods caused by heavy seasonal rains have damaged more than 100,000 homes, says ministerSudan has declared a three-month state of emergency after flooding that has killed 99 people this year, according to the country’s state news agency.The Sudanese minister of labour and social development said that in addition to the deaths, the floods had affected […]

  • Vaccine-derived polio spreads in Africa after defeat of wild virus
    by Peter Beaumont on September 2, 2020

    Fresh cases of disease linked to oral vaccine seen in Sudan, following outbreak in ChadA new polio outbreak in Sudan has been linked to the oral polio vaccine that uses a weakened form of the virus.News of the outbreak comes a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that wild polio had been eradicated in Africa. Related: A rise in deaths […]

  • Sudan government agrees to peace deal with five rebel groups
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on August 31, 2020

    Pact covers security, land ownership, power sharing and return of displaced peopleSudan’s government has agreed to a peace deal with five rebel groups in a move seen by observers as a significant step towards resolving multiple deep-rooted civil conflicts that have caused immense suffering in the country for decades.The agreement will provide a welcome […]

  • US proposes removing Sudan from terrorism list for $330m compensation
    by Jason Burke and Zeinab Mohammed Salih on August 26, 2020

    The payment would go to victims of al-Qaida but has caused anger in the poverty-stricken country A US proposal to remove Sudan from a list of states that sponsor terrorism – in exchange for a $330 million payment compensation to American victims of al-Qaida – has caused anger in the poverty-stricken east African country. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of […]

  • Drowned Sudanese refugee Abdulfatah Hamdallah is buried in Calais
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih on August 24, 2020

    Coronavirus restrictions mean repatriation of remains would have taken three monthsA Sudanese migrant who drowned while attempting to cross the Channel from France to England has been buried in Calais after coronavirus restrictions meant it would have taken three months for his body to be repatriated to Sudan.More than 150 fellow Sudanese attended […]

  • 'We were terrorised': brother of drowned Sudanese refugee on war-torn homeland
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih on August 22, 2020

    Al-Fatih Hamdallah relives Darfur conflict and neglect that blighted many lives and exodus that led to the death of AbdulfatahThe Sudanese village that Abdulfatah Hamdallah came from is so small that it is not actually on the map.Himdey is in Kordofan State, which borders the war-torn areas of Darfur and the Nuba mountains. It has a population of about […]

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