Tens of thousands come in packed trains to join Khartoum protesters Apr 24, 2019 0 2558 12345 AFPKhartoumHundreds of protesters packed in a train arrived in Khartoum Tuesday from a central Sudanese town to join a sit-in outside the army headquarters demanding military rulers step down.Many protesters perched on the roof of the train, waving Sudanese flags as it chugged through north Khartoum’s Bahari railway station before winding its way to the protest site, a photographer said.The passengers, who had travelled from the town of Atbara where the first protest against ousted president Omar al-Bashir erupted on December 19, chanted “freedom, peace, justice”.Crowds of supporters filled the Bahari station for hours and waited along the tracks to greet the train, which came to a final stop outside the army headquarters in central Khartoum. Calling for retribution for those killed during Bashir’s rule, protesters chanted “blood for blood, we will not accept compensations”.The protests that broke out in Atbara swiftly mushroomed into nationwide demonstrations against Bashir’s iron-fisted rule, finally leading to his ouster on April 11 by the army. Under Bashir, officials say at least 65 people were killed in protest-related violence since December.But initial jubilation at the end of Bashir’s three-decade reign quickly turned to anger over the military council’s plan to keep power for a two-year transition period.Groups of journalists, doctors, engineers and veterinarians also marched Tuesday to the protest site in Khartoum calling for the transfer of power to civilian rule.In eastern Sudan, hundreds of protesters joined a sit-in outside an army building in the border town of Kassala, demanding that those responsible for killing protesters be brought to justice.Protest leaders have suspended talks with the military council, accusing it on Sunday of being part of the regime put in place by Bashir. Late Monday the military council tried to ease the tensions, saying the demands made by the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the umbrella group leading the protest movement, were being examined. “The alliance has presented its proposal... which is now being studied along with the visions of other political forces,” council spokesman Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters.He said the council “will communicate with everyone to reach a middle ground”. RELATED ARTICLES Sudan militia commander waits in wings after Bashir’s ouster Apr 24, 2019 0 541 Algeria’s army chief hails judiciary for anti-graft move Apr 24, 2019 0 446 Palestinian boy killed as hand grenade explodes Apr 24, 2019 0 462 Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump AFP Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty .. EU criticises US move to tighten Iran oil embargo dpa Brussels The European Union “regrets” the United States’ decision to intensify its oil embargo against Iran, a European Commission spokesperson said on Tuesday, warning that the move would further undermine the .. US is making a mistake by politicising oil: Iran minister Reuters tehran The United States has made a bad mistake by politicising oil and using it as a weapon, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) .. Mass execution of 37 convicted of ‘terrorism’ in Saudi AFP Riyadh Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed 37 of its citizens convicted of terrorism, three years after another mass execution that ultimately led to a break in relations with Iran. The latest executions were carried .. UN says over 260 killed in Libya battle Tripoli: At least 264 people have been killed and over 1,200 wounded in weeks of fighting on the outskirts of Libya’s capital, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as African leaders gathered in Cairo to discuss .. Nigeria vows to capture killers of aid worker couple Abuja: Nigeria’s government vowed Tuesday to track down gunmen who stormed a luxury hotel and murdered two aid workers, a British woman and a Nigerian man, before abducting three other people. “The security agencies .. Gunmen kill 10, kidnap 2 women in north Nigeria Kano: Gunmen killed 10 people and abducted two women in northern Nigeria’s Katsina state, police and said Tuesday, the latest violence involving armed criminal gangs. They drove motorcycles into the village of Yar .. 37 die in another DR Congo boat mishap Kinshasa: Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered after another boat sinking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, a week after a vessel capsized with nearly 130 people on board. Sixteen ..