Sudan protester killed as police clear streets, say medics Oct 23, 2020 0 59 12345 AFP KhartoumA Sudanese protester was killed late on Wednesday as security forces moved to disperse demonstrations against the transitional government’s failure to address a deepening economic crisis, doctors close to the protesters said.At least 14 protesters were also wounded and more suffered breathing difficulties as a result of the “extreme violence” used by police to snuff out the demonstrations in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman, the medics said.Police fired live rounds as well as tear gas to clear the protesters from the streets and a 20-year-old died from a police bullet in an eastern district of Khartoum, they added. Wednesday’s protests were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, the same trade union alliance that spearheaded protests that led to the ouster of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir in April last year.The large police and army presence prevented the mass turnout the SPA had called for but a few hundred activists answered the call to protest against plummeting living standards more than a year after the end of Bashir’s three decades in power.Sudan has embarked on a rocky three-year transition during which civilian politicians have agreed to share power with the generals who removed Bashir in a palace coup.A chronic shortage of hard currency has led to long queues for staple foods and fuel, and power cuts lasting up to six hours a day. The inflation rate hit 212 percent last month, further sapping the purchasing power of ordinary Sudanese. The transitional authorities have been pushing to end the country’s isolation and lift decades-long US sanctions that have strangled the economy. On Monday, President Donald Trump declared his readiness to remove Sudan from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, a move Sudanese officials hailed as a vital step towards securing debt relief and spurring economic recovery. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet Oct 23, 2020 0 1880 Red Cross Karabakh head urges rivals to spare civilians Oct 23, 2020 0 416 Nigerian prison set on fire after shooting of protesters Oct 23, 2020 0 436 Egypt kills 49 in ‘outrageous’ mass executions: HRW Egypt executed 49 prisoners in just 10 days in October, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, calling for authorities to “immediately halt” carrying out death sentences. “Egypt’s mass executions of scores of people in a .. 11 children killed in Afghan air strike that hit mosque AFP Kunduz, Afghanistan An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said on Thursday, in an account disputed by the national government. The strike on a .. Landslide kills 11 miners in Indonesia A landslide sparked by heavy rains has killed 11 miners in Indonesia, authorities said on Thursday, marking the latest in a string of deadly mining accidents across the Southeast Asian archipelago.The victims were .. Thailand lifts state of emergency in protest-hit capital Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok that failed to halt an ongoing pro-democracy movement that has seen daily protests in the capital. A Thursday announcement published in the Royal Gazette ..