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Sudan: Ancient pyramids threatened by rising Nile water levels

Due to heavy rains, the Nile water levels have risen, threatening to damage Sudan's 2,300 year old pyramids. The Nile has reached record-breaking levels, already killed around 100 people and destroyed the homes of many. According to archaeologist Marc Maillot sandbag walls have been built and water is being pumped out to protect the pyramids.

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Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume talks over management of Ethiopian Nile dam
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume talks over management of Ethiopian Nile dam
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Under the leadership of the African Union the three in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) involved countries Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have announced that they'll continue negotiations over the management of the dam.

The water and foreign ministers of the countries have agreed "to work on unifying the texts of the agreements submitted by the three countries" according to the water ministry of Sudan.

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Sudan: 60+ people killed in armed attack in Darfur region
Sudan: 60+ people killed in armed attack in Darfur region
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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports an armed attack in the Masteri village near the Darfur region in Sudan. Over 60 people were killed, further 60 wounded. The Sudanese government has not reported nor commented on the attack.

The U.N. statement added that this attack "was one of the latest of a series of security incidents reported over the last week that left several villages and houses burned, markets and shops looted, and infrastructure damaged."

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Sudan: Former President Omar al-Bashir on trial for his involvement in 1989 military coup
Omar al-Bashir at the  20th session of The New Partnership for Africa's Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 31, 2009.
Omar al-Bashir at the 20th session of The New Partnership for Africa's Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 31, 2009. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released / Public domain

The trial of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his involvement in the 1989 military takeover of the government started on Tuesday. Al-Bashir came to power after the takeover and was forced from power in 2019. He will be trialed alongside more than 20 of his former officials. If found guilty, he could possibly face the death penalty.

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Ethiopia has started filling the Renaissance Dam after talks end with no deal
Men at work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project.
Men at work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Credit: Jacey Fortin (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Seleshi Bekele has announced that the country has started filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. He later stated on his Twitter account that "The inflow into the reservoir due to heavy rain fall and runoff exceeded the outflow and created natural pooling.This continues until overflow is triggered soon".

Talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan had ended with no agreement as Ethiopia aims to become a large energy supplier for its' population and generate revenue by exporting the surplus, while Egypt fears that the Nile will provide too little water for the country.

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Sudan criminalizes mutilation of female genitalia

Sudan's Sovereign Council has banned and criminalized the practice of female genital mutilation. The transitional government had previously approved multiple amendments to the criminal code of Sudan, including the ban on female genitalia mutilation.

The justice ministry stated that the practice "degrades the dignity of women" and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok that the change is "an important step in reforming the justice system".

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Sudan: Citizens demand lift of lockdown

Sudanese people demand the government to lift the lockdown. The population is battling famine and poverty. Government aids have failed to appear because of "technical issues". Sudan extended the lockdown until June 18th. Sudanese car mechanic Mohamed Othman: "We demand that the lockdown is lifted immediately so that we can get on with our lives because hunger is worse than corona."