First Asia Africa Film Festival Highlights Commonalities in Diversity

The first ever Asia Africa Film Festival was held at Queen’s Head in Kemang, South Jakarta, on April 24-28. The festival is planned to be an annual event and this year all the screenings were held in Silver Screen, Queen’s Head’s surprisingly spacious minicinema. Kennedy Ashinze, founder of festival organizer Globetrotter Lab, said he wants

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Gunmen attack Libya’s largest oilfield

Armed gunmen attacked El-Sharara, Libya’s largest oilfield, south of the war-torn country on Monday, according to a Libyan security source, Anadolu reports. The attack targeted station 186, one of the main stations of the oil facility, the source with East Libya-based forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar told Anadolu Agency. The attack was repelled by

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Climate change being fuelled by soil damage – report

There’s three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon’s being released by deforestation and poor farming. This is fuelling climate change – and compromising our attempts to feed a growing world population, the authors will say. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, built over, or harmed

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ADFD to deposit US$250 million into Central Bank of Sudan

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has announced its plan to deposit US$250 million into the Central Bank of Sudan, CBOS, to secure increased liquidity and strengthen the financial position of Sudan. The deposit falls within the framework of the newly announced US$3 billion (AED11 billion) UAE-Saudi Arabia joint aid package for Sudan that has

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Machar to attend Addis meeting

SMC- The head of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar will be in Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement. Speaking to SMC, Puok Both Baluang, the SPLM-IO’s director for information said that he received an invitation from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). He further said Machar will participate in

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NISS is an important element for stability of the country: Daglu

SMC- The Deputy Chairman of the Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen. Mohammad Hamdan Daglu, praised the role of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) for maintaining security and stability in the country. In an enlightenment on Saturday, Daglu has ruled out any intention to dissolution of NISS, but rather that it should be restructured

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“We will not allow the use of force against demonstrators”: Al-Burhan

SMC- The head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah al- Burhan said “will not allow the use of force against the demonstrators whom they claim the transfer of power to a civilian government”. Speaking to BBC Radio Program “Hard Talk”Al- Burhan stressed that the TMC is only wanting to preserve the

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Sudan signs $200 mln loan with Kuwait-based fund

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has signed a deal for a $200 million loan from the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday. The loan would be used to support development projects in Sudan, SUNA said without giving further details. Sudan’s economic crisis helped trigger mass protests that

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Turkey denies Suakin pact ends with Sudan

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency Turkey denied reports on April 26 claiming an agreement had been cancelled with Sudan on restoring Ottoman era artifacts on a Red Sea island. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) is continuing to restore Ottoman-era artifacts left by on Suakin Island, on Sudan’s eastern coast, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy confirmed to reporters. He added that news to the

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Hopes for Sudan transition deal rise

Agreement on formation of a new body to lead the country’s transition Khartoum – Sudan’s opposition alliance and ruling military council said after talks on Saturday that they expected to agree on the formation of a new body to lead the country’s transition from 30 years of autocratic rule by Omar Al Bashir. Sudan’s Transitional

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