First official South Sudanese women’s football tournament kicks off in Juba | AFP

For the first time, the city of Juba hosts the first women’s football tournament since the country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Seven teams representing different states in South Sudan are participating in this tournament.

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Sudan: Bashir appears in court for a second hearing in Khartoum | AFP

Sudan’s deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir appears in court for the second hearing of his corruption trial, during which his defence asked for his release on bail. IMAGES

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Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction | AFP

Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino — one of two subspecies of white rhino — after the death of the last male, named Sudan, last year at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out Thursday.

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As political climate changes, Sudan plans women’s football league | AFP

Sudanese Tahadi women football team train in Khartoum in anticipation of Sudan’s first ever women’s club football league which will start next month. The championship, which will involve 18 clubs separated in three regions, would have seemed unlikely only a year ago when Islamist general Omar al-Bashir was still in power.

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Sudan swears in civilian-majority ruling council | AFP

Images released by the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) show the swearing in of all the members of the new sovereign council in Khartoum. The body replaces the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that took charge after months of deadly street protests brought down longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.

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Today in History for August 20th

Highlights of this day in history: U.S. cruise missiles hit Afghanistan and Sudan after American embassies bombed in Africa; The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia; NASA’s Voyager 2 launched; Singers Issac Hayes and Robert Plant born. (Aug. 20)

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Corruption trial of Sudan’s deposed Omar al-Bashir begins | AFP

Sudan’s deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir in court in Khartoum for the start of his trial on corruption charges. Bashir admitted to receiving $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a Khartoum court.

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Sudanese sign historic deal for a transition to civilian rule | AFP

Sudan’s generals and protest leaders sign the historic deal for a transition to civilian rule that will govern the 39-month transition during a ceremony held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum. IMAGES

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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