Casualties are rushed to a hospital after fire hits Sudan factory | AFP

Sudanese medics rush casualties to a hospital in Khartoum after a fire triggered by an explosion tore through a factory in the capital, killing 16 people and injuring dozens. IMAGES

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Sudanese hope Ethiopian dam ends Blue Nile floods | AFP

The Blue Nile is a renegade river, according to Sudanese farmer Osman Idris, its unpredictable flooding swallowing crops and houses as it crashes through Sudan from Ethiopia on its way to Egypt.

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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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‘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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Sudanese celebrate the signing of deal on constitutional declaration | AFP

Sudanese protesters celebrate in Khartoum after Sudan’s ruling generals and protest leaders signed the constitutional declaration. IMAGES

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Sudan murals commemorate protest ‘martyrs’ | AFP

Sudanese protester Walid Abdelrahim was shot dead last month in Khartoum but for his mother he is still alive — thanks to a colourful mural of his smiling face on a wall of their home. The street art campaign had been launched in response to a brutal raid on a weeks-long sit-in in the capital on June 3 that left dozens of demonstrators dead and hundreds wounded.

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Hundreds rally in Sudan capital for protest ‘martyrs’ (2) | AFP

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Green Yard, a prominent square, in Khartoum, to honour comrades killed in the months-long protest movement that has rocked the country. IMAGES

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Sudan’s desert nomads untouched by Bashir’s downfall | AFP

Not far from Sudan’s capital Khartoum, the epicentre of an uprising that toppled autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir, dozens of camel traders are oblivious to the country’s biggest political upheaval in decades.

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Sudan’s underground musicians turn defiant after uprising | AFP

Musicians create music at a studio in Khartoum after a surge of freedom took over Sudan’s underground music scene after the army ousted longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April following months of nationwide protests against his rule. From rap to afrobeat, musicians living in Sudan and overseas have composed tunes punctuated by some of the protest movement’s most popular slogans.

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African Union Ministers meet in Ethiopia to discuss situation in Sudan | AFP

Ministers of the African Union meet in Addis Ababa to discuss the situation in Sudan. IMAGES

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Deadly crackdown on Sudan sit-in haunts protesters | AFP

The events of the deadly military crackdown on the protest site outside the army HQ, where armed men in pick-up trucks stormed into the Khartoum protest camp, shooting and beating hundreds of Sudanese demonstrators in the early hours of June 3, still haunts protesters who witnessed the violence.

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Sudan’s Bashir appears before prosecutor | AFP

Fallen Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir is seen in public for the first time since being ousted, as he is driven in an armed convoy to the prosecutor’s office. IMAGES

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