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  1. EU wants Sudan's transition 'back on track'

    The European Union has called on Sudan's military and civilian leaders to put the country's transition process "back on track".

    It follows reports that a military takeover is under way in Sudan.

    EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell tweeted on Monday that he was following events in the country with "utmost concern".

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    Sudan's military has not commented on reports that civilian leaders, including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, have been put under arrest by soldiers.

  2. Twelve injured in Khartoum clashes - reports

    Twelve people have been injured in clashes between protesters and the military forces in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, a doctors' committee in Sudan says.

    It comes in the wake of the reported military coup in the country.

    Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is among civilian leaders who were reported to have been put under house arrest on Monday by unidentified soldiers.

    There have been protests in the city following the arrests, and heavily armed military and paramilitary officers have been deployed on the streets.

    The information ministry had earlier said that soldiers shot at protesters near the defence ministry headquarters, with casualties expected.

  3. UN calls for release of Sudan civilian leaders

    The United Nations has urged Sudan's security forces to "immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest".

    Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among civilian leaders reported to have been put under house arrest on Monday by unidentified soldiers.

    "I am deeply concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan’s political transition. The reported detentions of the Prime Minister, government officials, and politicians are unacceptable, said Volker Perthes, UN special representative to Sudan.

    "All parties must immediately return to dialogue and engage in good faith to restore the constitutional order," he added.

    It remains unclear who was behind the pre-dawn arrests.

  4. Signs of Sudan's coup build-up have been clear

    Anne Soy

    BBC News, Nairobi

    udanese protesters use bricks and burning tyres to block 60th Street in the capital Khartoum, to denounce overnight detentions by the army of members of Sudan's government, on October 25, 2021.
    Image caption: Sudan could be set for yet another period of showdown between the military and the people

    Recent weeks have seen a rapid build-up of tensions in Khartoum.

    A hostile take-over of power is what many in Sudan and beyond have feared could happen anytime. The signs have been all too clear.

    A pro-military sit-in right in front of the Presidential Palace was seen as choreographed to lead to a coup. No attempt was made to disguise its purpose. The protesters demanded that the military overthrow "failed" civilian leaders.

    It was an unusual attempt at legitimising a military take-over – using the guise of a popular protest.

    Nearly a week later, a counter-protest was held. This time, huge crowds came out in support of the civilian government.

    With more protests called by pro-democracy groups to "counter a military coup", Sudan could be set for yet another period of showdown between the armed forces and the people.

    The country has made huge strides in normalising ties with the West and unlocking much-needed funding streams.

    The promise of transition to democracy has kept many Sudanese and the country’s allies hopeful. But all that could be at risk now.

    Whatever happens, this is no doubt a defining moment in its politics.

  5. Coup reports 'major blow' to Sudan transition - HRW

    Reports of a military takeover in Sudan are "a major blow" to Sudan's transition to civilian rule, Human Rights Watch says.

    Sudan is currently run by a joint military-civilian Sovereign Council. The military wing is scheduled to hand over the leadership of the Sovereign Council to the civilian component next month,

    Human Rights Watch says "the international community should press for a return to the civilian transition".

    It urged security forces in the country to protect the right of civilians to protest and refrain from using lethal force.

    The head of the military, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, is expected to address the nation shortly.

  6. Arab League 'concerned' over Sudan's transition

    The Arab League has expressed concern over the developments in Sudan after the military detained civilian leaders and ministers in an apparent coup.

    It called on the Sudanese parties "to abide by the signed transitional arrangements," according to a statement by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Sudan is an African member of the Arab League.

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    It was referring to an August 2019 power-sharing deal for transitional government between military and civilian leaders that followed the removal of former President Omar al-Bashir.

    Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those reported to have been put under house arrest by unidentified soldiers on Monday.

  7. Photos: Mounting tension in Khartoum over coup fears

    The Reuters news agency has obtained photos of protesters who gathered on the streets of Khartoum on Monday morning amid reports of a military takeover.

    They show angry crowds burning tyres in the streets.

    The army and paramilitary have been deployed across the city and are restricting the movement of civilians, Reuters reports.

    Protesters in Khartoum
    Image caption: Protesters gathered in the streets of Khartoum after reports emerged of the coup
    Protesters in Khartoum
    Image caption: They burnt tyres to block some roads in the city
    Protesters in Khartoum
    Image caption: Women and children were seen joining the morning protests
    Protesters in Khartoum
    Image caption: The photos of protesters were shared on social media
  8. Soldiers storm state TV headquarters - ministry

    Sudan's information ministry says soldiers have stormed the radio and television headquarters in Omdurman near the capital, Khartoum.

    It says joint military forces have detained a number of employees there.

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    Internet has been shut down in the country but images have appeared on social media showing angry crowds burning tyres in the streets.

  9. Why Sudan's military and civilian rulers are at odds

    Catherine Byaruhanga

    BBC News

    Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council chief Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
    Image caption: Military and civilian groups have been sharing power since 2019

    Sudan's military and civilian leaders have been at odds since they began sharing power in the transitional government set up after the overthrow two years ago of the long-serving military ruler, Omar al-Bashir.

    The transitional government - known as the Sovereign Council - was intended to pave the way for elections.

    But tensions have grown since September, when a coup attempt attributed to followers of Mr Bashir was foiled.

    Last Thursday, thousands of people demonstrated across the country in support of the democratic transition.

    But the army's supporters accuse the civilian rulers of being ineffective and ruining the economy.

  10. Heavily armed soldiers deployed in Sudan's capital

    Heavily armed soldiers and other security forces have been deployed to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and are restricting movement of civilians in the city.

    The AFP news agency reports that uniformed soldiers cut off the main roads leading to the capital.

    It comes as protesters gathered on roads to protest against the reported arrest of civilian members of the ruling transitional government, the Reuters news agency adds.

    Reuters reports that the protesters carried flags and burnt tyres on the streets amid tension in the city.

    Sudan’s military on Monday morning arrested several civilian officials including one of the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s advisers and a member of the country’s sovereign council.

    The house of the Sudanese PM has also reportedly been besieged by soldiers, amid reports of a coup being underway.