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EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs up to $10 billion in aid to rebuild economy, new PM says

EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs up to $10 billion in aid to rebuild economy, new PM saysSudan needs $8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister said on Saturday. Abdalla Hamdok, sworn in three days earlier to head a transitional government after the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, said up to another $2 billion of foreign reserves deposits were needed in the next three months to halt a fall in the currency. The 61-year-old economist, who has worked for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, said he had started talks with the IMF and the World Bank to discuss restructuring Sudan's crippling debt, and had approached friendly nations and funding bodies about the aid.



UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure - The Observer

UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure - The ObserverBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from Sept. 9 in what appears to be an attempt to stop lawmakers forcing a further extension to Brexit, The Observer reported. An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson's office written in the last ten days says the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, the newspaper said. The legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless the courts agree to demands by anti-Brexit campaigners to block such a move, the Observer reported.



Qatari envoy says Israel, Hamas committed to truce despite violence

Qatari envoy says Israel, Hamas committed to truce despite violenceIsrael and the Islamist group Hamas have no desire to go to war despite an uptick in violence, the Qatari envoy who helped mediate a truce between the sides along the volatile Gaza border, said on Saturday. "Both sides are committed (to the truce) and they have no war intentions at all," Mohammed Al-Emadi told Reuters on a visit to Gaza after a series of border confrontations in which Israel says it has killed at least eight Palestinian militants who tried to infiltrate its territory. Hamas has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade and tensions along the Gaza border are high with frequent fatalities.



Athletics-Filing violation reports 'not true', says Coleman

Athletics-Filing violation reports 'not true', says ColemanAmerican sprinter Christian Coleman said on Saturday that reports he has committed doping whereabouts violations were "simply not true" and he expects to compete in next month's world championships. A British newspaper report this week alleged that Coleman had committed three whereabouts violations in the past 12 months which could jeopardise his participation in the world championships and next year's Olympic Games. "I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never concerned about taking drug tests, at any times," Coleman said in a statement.



EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs $8 billion aid to rebuild ravaged economy, new PM says

EXCLUSIVE-Sudan needs $8 billion aid to rebuild ravaged economy, new PM saysSudan needs $8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister said on Saturday. Abdalla Hamdok, sworn in three days earlier in to head a transitional ruling body after the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, said up to another $2 billion of foreign reserves deposits were needed in the next three months to halt a fall in the currency. The economist who has worked for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, said he had started talks with the IMF and the World Bank to discuss restructuring Sudan's crippling debt and had approached friendly nations and funding bodies about the aid.





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