The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, on May 15, 2016.  (DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Egypt-Sudan Spat Muddies Prospects for Deal on Big Nile Dam

Talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood.

A picture taken on August 3, 2017 shows Sudanese foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour (L) attending a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) in the capital Khartoum. / AFP PHOTO / Ashraf SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan Hopes for Sanctions Repeal as Deadline Looms

Khartoum hopes to get a permanent lifting of sanctions now that it’s playing ball with Washington in the fight on terror.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17:  Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) arrives for hearing about the Pentagon budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Although Congress controls the Department of Defense's budget, members of the committee were critical of leadership's decisions on readiness spending and cuts to other programs.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

GOP Senator Blocks Plans to Fill Africa Post at State Department

A lone Republican lawmaker is threatening to hold up the Trump administration’s pick for the next assistant secretary for Africa.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (C) chairs the general assembly for the national dialogue on August 20, 2015 in the capital Khartoum. Bashir said he was ready for a two-month ceasefire with rebels in Sudan's border regions to allow national dialogue talks to take place to address the country's myriad problems, offering insurgents an amnesty. AFP PHOTO/ ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Disorganized White House Blamed for Delay in Sudan Sanctions Decision

Lack of key appointments may have forced the Trump administration to push back the deadline.


Sudan Hires U.S. Lobbyist to Roll Back Sanctions

As Khartoum tries to convince the Trump administration it's worth more as a counterterror partner than as a designated sponsor of terrorism.

A Sudanese man shows freshly-minted notes of the new Sudanese pound in Khartoum on July 24, 2011 as the country issues new currency following the South's secession from the north.  AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan Is Open for Business – for Now

Two weeks after Barack Obama began rehabilitating the pariah state, Donald Trump slammed the door on it once again.


Kony 2017: From Guerrilla Marketing to Guerrilla Warfare

Five years after its viral video broke the internet, Invisible Children is on the front line of a covert war against the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses the parliament about national dialogue talks, on October 19, 2015 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO/ ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Bashir Comes in From the Cold

Sudan's leader has been indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity. After two decades as a pariah, he’s being paid by Europe to keep migrants from its shores.

CALAIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 03:  People walk across train tracks near the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles on August 3, 2015 in Calais, France.  Hundreds of migrants are continuing to attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel and onto trains heading to the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Britain Just Charged This Refugee Who Fled Civil War with Obstructing Traffic

A Sudanese refugee who walked on foot through the tunnel from France to Europe was found guilty of obstructing train traffic.


That ‘Human Smuggler’ Extradited to Italy? Sudan Might Have Gotten the Wrong Guy.

Italian and British authorities are investigating whether they have been holding an innocent refugee, not a top human smuggler.


‘The Shrapnel Finds Us Wherever We Hide’

Sudan’s Janjaweed are back. Only this time they’re better armed.


Fear This Man

To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire.

Tribal leader Musa Hilal arrives in the village of Kala in the West Darfur region of Sudan on Monday, July 12, 2004. Hilal is accused by U.S. officials of being the leader of the Janjaweed which is accused of atrocities in Sudan. (gsb) 2004  (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)

Russia Blocks U.N. Report Linking Alleged Sudanese War Criminal to Gold Profiteering

A leader of the militia that terrorized Darfur is pocketing $54 million a year from gold sales. Why won’t Moscow release a confidential report documenting his abuses?

A Yemeni Jew (C) arrives to an immigration centre in the Israeli city of Beersheba on March 21, 2016 following a secret rescue operation to evacuate a group of 19 Jews from war-torn Yemen to Israel.

Israel has spirited 19 Jews out of war-torn Yemen in a "covert operation" to rescue some of the last remnants of one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities, officials said. The operation transporting them to Israel almost brings to an end the Jewish community in Yemen, which once numbered around 60,000 people and dates back some 2,000 years.

 / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read

Israel Just Evacuated 19 Jews From Yemen. It’s Not the First Time.

Israel has rescued tens of thousands of Jews from conflicts around the world.

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