Sudan’s military leaders accused of ordering massacre

BBC investigation includes testimony from soldiers who attacked peaceful protesters The massacre of peaceful protesters in Sudan last month was ordered by the countrys top military rulers, according to n investigation by BBC Africa Eye. The documentary Sudans Livestream Massacre, which analysed more than 300 videos shot on protesters mobiles on the morning of the attack, also included testimony from soldiers who admitted taking part in the break-up of the since April, before it was violently dispersed. Having prompted the downfall and arrest of al-Bashir, the demonstrators have continued. They demanded a civilian government, the removal of violent militia from cities, aid for those attacked in raids and the release of political prisoners. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is officially the head …

Lusail: sleek new city offers glimpse of Qatar’s post-oil future

During the 2022 World Cup, all eyes will be on the coastal metropolis located 16km from Doha From the sands of the Qatari coast rise the towering glass, steel and concrete forms of Lusail, a city being built almost entirely from scratch. Pharaonic in its scale and ambition, the under-construction metropolis is the vision of the countrys former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, born in part from the desire to diversify the Qatari economy and distance it from oil dependence. Financed by the government via the Qatari Diar real estate company, the city was initially conceived in 2005 but development truly took off when A road and new tramway line. The citys train network will comprise four main …

US resident released after years in Iran prison says he was put on ‘show trial’

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese IT expert jailed for espionage, says his release may have served to reduce tensions between US and Iran A Lebanese man who had been he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after authorities accused him of being an American spy allegations vigorously rejected by his family and associates. Earlier on Tuesday, an Iranian judiciary official confirmed that Tehran had agreed to hand over Zakka to Lebanese officials. State TV quoted an anonymous source saying Zakkas forthcoming release should only be seen as a sign of respect for the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.