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Sudan coup leader steps down as army seeks dialogue with protesters

Sudan coup leader steps down as army seeks dialogue with protestersThe Sudanese defence minister who declared himself head of a provisional military government after ousting President Omar al Bashir in a coup stepped down, after just a day in power.  Awad Abnouf and his deputy, Kamal Absel Maarouf, resigned in a statement issued on Friday evening.  Earlier in the day protesters had chanted that they would stay on the streets until Mr Abnouf left.  Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will take over as head of the military transitional council.  Sudan's new military rulers said they were ready for dialogue with demonstrators after hundreds of thousands of people defied a curfew to occupy central Khartoum for a sixth night.  But the generals warned they would not tolerate “chaos” and ruled out extraditing Bashir, the dictator they deposed in a coup on Thursday, to face charges of war crimes. “We are not against the demands of the people, we are for the demands of the people, and we have to achieve them,” Zein Abedeen, the general tasked with leading talks with the protesters, said in a press conference. Sudan uprising, in pictures “We have to adhere to civilised methods and today we will start a dialogue with the political groups, who are invited to hear from us what we have in mind and what they have in mind.” The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led months of huge anti-government protests, said the “coup makers are not eligible” to oversee change and demanded an immediate hand-over to a “traditional civilian government.” Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, was deposed on Thursday by his own military after clashes between security services and troops sympathetic to the protests. Women reportedly make up as much as half of the crowd outside army headquarters Credit: AFP Leaders of the protest movement immediately rejected the announcement that a military transitional council would assume control of the country and impose a three-month state of emergency. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators spent a sixth night on the streets outside Army headquarters in Khartoum on Thursday and on Friday, in deliberate defiance of a 10pm curfew imposed by the military when they announced their coup. Protesters said there were no attempts by authorities to enforce the curfew. Several soldiers joined the protest, reinforcing claims by demonstrators that the junior and middle ranks of the army are reluctant to follow the orders of a top brass widely considered to be closely allied to Bashir. In the morning, protests continued, with festive demonstrators shouting “down with military rule” and parading an enormous Sudanese flag. Protesters distrust Awad Abnouf, the chief of Sudan's new ruling council who is sanctioned by the US for alleged war crimes Credit: REX Alsadig Almahdi, the last civilian prime minister before Bashir seized power in 1989 and a great-grandson of the Mahdi who led the uprising against British rule in the 1880s, oversaw Friday prayers at the protest site.  Protesters said they were particularly distrustful of Mr Abnouf, who announced the coup on Thursday and until Friday headed the new military transitional council. Mr Abnouf, a former intelligence chief who is sanctioned by the US over his alleged role in atrocities committed in Darfur in the 2000s, was made vice-president by Bashir in February.



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U.S. seeks 'quagmire' with Iran in designating IRGC as terrorist group: Iran foreign minister

U.S. seeks 'quagmire' with Iran in designating IRGC as terrorist group: Iran foreign ministerIran’s foreign minister said on Sunday U.S. officials aiming to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist group want to “drag the U.S. into a quagmire” on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “#NetanyahuFirsters who have long agitated for FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organisaton) of the IRGC fully understand its consequences for US forces in the region.



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U.S. House judiciary chair seeks any Mueller summaries on Trump-Russia probe report

U.S. House judiciary chair seeks any Mueller summaries on Trump-Russia probe reportU.S. House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler called on Attorney General William Barr on Thursday to release any summaries of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report that were prepared by Mueller’s team. Nadler, a Democrat who is also demanding release of the full Mueller report to Congress, sent a letter to Barr citing media reports that Mueller’s team prepared their own summaries of the special counsel’s report.



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'A gross abuse of power': Trump's lawyer blasts demand for tax returns, seeks delay

'A gross abuse of power': Trump's lawyer blasts demand for tax returns, seeks delayA lawyer for President Donald Trump argues that it's clear Democrats are requesting this information to embarrass Trump and score political points.



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Biden, mulling White House run, seeks to stem fallout from women's complaints

Biden, mulling White House run, seeks to stem fallout from women's complaintsThe move marked the most extensive and personal effort yet by Biden to quell the furor ahead of a likely bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In recent days, four women have said Biden made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them at political events in past years. After a former Nevada politician, Lucy Flores, said last week that Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” when he kissed the back of her head at a 2014 campaign event, Biden released a statement saying he believed he never acted inappropriately during his many years in public life.



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U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardy

U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardyBoeing and the FAA are under global regulatory scrutiny over software and training on the signature aircraft. Boeing risked losing a $ 6 billion order for the jet on Friday, its first since the world’s entire fleet was grounded last week. American Airlines pilots were preparing to test Boeing’s planned software upgrade for an anti-stall system on MAX simulators this weekend, saying they want their own safety guarantees on the software fix.



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Netanyahu Seeks Trump Bump as He Brings Re-Election Bid to U.S.

Netanyahu Seeks Trump Bump as He Brings Re-Election Bid to U.S.For the first time in a decade, his fragile coalition could fall to a center-left bloc led by ex-military chief of staff Benny Gantz. Netanyahu’s officially coming for the AIPAC conference, an annual pro-Israel policy gathering that’s become a key stop for political leaders, but his visit will serve up excellent campaign optics back home. “The message is: ‘Show me another Israeli who can do this.



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Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to BaghdadBAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group.



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Trump budget seeks 5 percent cut in non-defense spending: OMB

Trump budget seeks 5 percent cut in non-defense spending: OMBThe Republican president’s proposal, slated for release at 11:30 a.m. (1530 GMT) on the Office of Management and Budget’s website, is expected to be the first volley in this year’s bitter funding fight with Congress, which has control over federal purse strings. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate immediately panned Trump’s request for $ 8.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, reported by Reuters earlier on Sunday. Congress’ refusal to grant him the funds led Trump to declare a national emergency so he could redirect funds approved for other purposes to the project.



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Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad trip

Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad tripThe first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to President Donald Trump’s administration that Tehran retains its influence in much of the region despite U.S. sanctions. “Iran and Iraq are neighbors and no country can interfere in their relations,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arriving in Baghdad to prepare for the visit. Rouhani’s three-day trip starting on Monday includes meetings with Iraq’s president and prime minister, tours of Shi’ite Muslim holy sites and a meeting with top Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian state media reported.



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