Sudan says US approves ambassador, first in two decades May 05, 2020 0 118 12345 Khartoum Sudan announced on Monday that the United States had approved Khartoum’s pick of a veteran diplomat as ambassador to Washington, the first such envoy in over two decades.Ties between Khartoum and Washington had been strained during the three-decade dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, but eased after he was ousted by the army last year following mass protests.Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visited Washington in December and the two countries agreed to exchange envoys.In a statement, Sudan’s foreign ministry said Monday “the US government approved the nomination of Nour Eddin Satti as an ambassador and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sudan.”A veteran diplomat, Satti served as Sudan’s ambassador to France in the 1990s and later worked with United Nations peacekeeping missions in Congo and Rwanda.Monday’s step of recognising Satti as Sudan’s first to Washington since 1998 comes as part of “normalising relations” between Khartoum and Washington, the ministry said. Sudan is currently ruled by a transitional administration that took power in August last year after Bashir’s fall. Hamdok’s government has sought to bolster its international standing and mend ties with the US. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reopens mosques, records almost 80,000 hospital recoveries May 05, 2020 0 433 Relief in Lagos as lockdown ends May 05, 2020 0 625 Assad warns of virus ‘catastrophe’ as Syria lockdown eases May 05, 2020 0 485 Kuwait breaks up ‘riot’ by Egyptian workers demanding repatriation Kuwait City Kuwaiti authorities dispersed a “riot” by Egyptian workers who demonstrated on Monday to demand repatriation amid the coronavirus crisis, state media said. Security forces intervened to halt “riots and .. Lebanon’s banned Hezbollah says not active in Germany AFP Beirut The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement on Monday condemned Germany’s ban on his group as bowing to US pressure and insisted it was not active in the country. Germany designated Hezbollah a “Shiite terrorist .. Bahrain opens second field hospital on man-made island AfP Manama After turning a car park into an intensive care unit for coronavirus patients, Bahrain has set up its second field hospital -- on a man-made island. The facilities are among five that the authorities plan to .. Virus caused ‘mystery’ mass deaths in north Nigeria: investigators Kano Mass deaths in a northern Nigerian state were caused by coronavirus, the authorities said after a preliminary investigation into the phenomenon. Gravediggers in the state of Kano have reported burying dozens of .. South Africa starts virus trial of TB vaccine AFP Cape Town Hundreds of South African health workers were given a century-old tuberculosis vaccine on Monday in a trial to see whether the venerable formula can protect against coronavirus. Devised at France’s .. Six killed as plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia DPA Mogadishu Six people, including two pilots, were killed when a plane carrying medical supplies crashed in south-western Somalia on Monday, authorities said. “The cause of the accident is not yet known,” government ..