Sudan invited to US-Egyptian military exercises

Members of Sudanese soldiers on a military vehicle on Nov. 9, 2015. (AP file)
Updated 12 August 2017
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Sudan invited to US-Egyptian military exercises

KHARTOUM: Sudan has received an invitation to US-Egyptian military training exercises in October, a first for the country in nearly three decades, its Defense Ministry said.
The head of the Sudanese army, Gen. Emad Al-Din Adawi, announced the invitation for the joint Bright Star exercises in Egypt, the largest of their kind in the region, after meeting this week with a US State Department official, it said.
The meeting “opened the door to more dialogue” that could restore US-Sudanese military relations “to their right path,” the army chief said.
In July, the US postponed for three months a decision on whether to permanently lift sanctions on Sudan over its human rights record and other issues.
Former US President Barack Obama temporarily lifted 20-year-old sanctions for six months in January, suspending a trade embargo, unfreezing assets and removing financial sanctions.
But it said Sudan had to make progress on issues, including internal conflicts, before it would lift them permanently.
Sanctions relief would not change Sudan’s designation by the US as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Sudan’s economy has deteriorated since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of the country’s oil output, its main source of foreign currency and government income.


UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

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UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

LONDON: A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior US government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”
Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI director Mark Giuliano, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, then-CIA chief John Brennan and other officials.
They say Gamble, who was part of a group of hackers called “Crackas With Attitude,” put some of the information he gathered online.
Gamble pleaded guilty last year. The 18-year-old was sentenced to youth custody on Friday in a London criminal court.
Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said his “nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism” had left victims feeling violated.