S.Sudan government did not sign peace deal, to finalize deal in 15 days: mediator

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir takes his seat at the State House, in Juba, prior to a brief consultative meeting with cabinet and State Governors, on August 16, 2015 ( Waakhe Simon Wudu (AFP) )

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir takes his seat at the State House, in Juba, prior to a brief consultative meeting with cabinet and State Governors, on August 16, 2015 ( Waakhe Simon Wudu (AFP) )”Waakhe Simon Wudu (AFP)”

Rival parties in South Sudan agree to peace agreement; President Salva Kiir needs ‘more time’

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South Sudan crisis: ‘Horrific conditions’ in flooded UN camp

Flooded UN camp in Bentiu

MSF says conditions in the camp were already difficult before the rain set in.

At least 40,000 people who fled fighting in South Sudan are staying in horrific conditions at a UN camp, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.

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Sudan government bombing hospitals and schools, US says

Women and children at a refugee camp in north Darfur, Sudan, after fleeing militia attacks

Women and children sit outside tents at the Zam Zam refugee camp in north Darfur, Sudan, after fleeing militia attacks on their villages. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AP

Ambassador to UN Samantha Power accuses Sudan of dropping hundreds of barrel bombs on own civilians

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Shocking video: Sudanese woman flogged for getting into car with man who isn’t related to her

A woman, identified as Halima, crouches on the ground while a police officer flogs her with his whip.

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A woman, identified as Halima, crouches on the ground while a police officer flogs her with his whip.

Sudan’s public order law lets police officers publicly whip women who are accused of public indecency. The woman in this YouTube video was reportedly riding in a car with a man who wasn’t her husband or an immediate family member.

SOURCEA disturbing new YouTube video shows a Sudanese woman crying out in pain during a public flogging.

She was reportedly guilty of riding in a car with a man who wasn’t her husband or an immediate family member, an offense that is prohibited by Sudan’s public order law.

The woman, reportedly named Halima, crouches on the ground and tries to cover her head with a light pink cloth while a police officer walks around her with a whip, stopping to aim before lashing out at her body.

At about 0:39 seconds into the video, the police officer warns the woman, “This is so you don’t get into cars anymore,” according to France24.

A crowd of onlookers stands nearby, simply watching while the woman is attacked.

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Deadly fuel-hike protests continue in Sudan

Anti-government protests erupt in Sudan

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Sudanese security forces have opened fire on demonstrators, with at least four people reported to have died, as thousands marched through the streets of the capital in continuing protests over fuel price hikes.

About 3,000 people, angered by a police crackdown on previous protests, also demonstrated after Friday prayers in Khartoum’s twin city Omdurman, across the Nile, shouting “Freedom! Freedom!” and “The people want the fall of the regime!”. Clashes also took place in the city of Wad Medani.

Police on Saturday confirmed that four civilians had been killed, but blamed the deaths on “unknown shooters”. At least 700 people involved in Friday’s demonstrations were arrested.

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Rights groups: Sudan police shot to kill

Two groups say more than 50 killed in protests over fuel prices, with police aiming at “protesters’ chests and heads”.

Protesters vandalised banks and gas stations throughout Khartoum [Reuters]

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Two leading rights groups say Sudanese police have killed at least 50 people during protests in the last week, often “shooting to kill”.

A statement released by Amnesty International and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies late on Thursday urged authorities to end violent repression of the protesters. Lucy Freeman, Amnesty’s deputy chief for Africa, said the police’s “aiming at protesters’ chests and heads” is a “blatant violation of the right to life”.

Information from Sudan is starting to flow out today after a 24 hour internet blackout. Only about five newspapers reached kiosks on Thursday, carrying mainly statements from First Vice President Ali Osman Taha denouncing violence during the protests.

Editors at three newspapers said they had either been prevented from publishing by security agents or had decided not to print to protest against state attempts to steer coverage.

Youth activists and doctors at a Khartoum hospital have told The Associated Press news agency that at least 100 people died since protests first broke out on Monday. The clashes are the worst unrest seen in Sudan’s central regions for years.

A destroyed fuel tanker is left behind after rioters torched a fuel station in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Sudanese authorities have deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum following days of deadly rioting over gas price hikes. Photo: Abd Raouf

A destroyed fuel tanker is left behind after rioters torched a fuel station in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Sudanese authorities have deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum following days of deadly rioting over gas price hikes. Photo: Abd Raouf

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Sudan Protesters, Opposition Call For Bashir Ousting

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir stands for the national anthem on arrival at Bole International airport for the 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir stands for the national anthem on arrival at Bole International airport for the 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

(Reuters) – Thousands of Sudanese called for the overthrow of veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Saturday, spurred on by an opposition trying to stoke an Arab Spring style uprising.

The opposition, capitalizing on anger over soaring food prices and corruption, has threatened to stage mass protests to topple Bashir within 100 days.

The uprisings that shook the Arab world have passed Sudan by as the security forces usually break up the frequent small street protests by students before they have a chance to spread.

But on Saturday, several thousand people – possibly as many as 10,000, according to witnesses – rallied in a square in Khartoum’s twin city Omdurman, the biggest rally in years.

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