On 16 January 2002, a Sudanese court ordered the editor of the English language newspaper "Khartoum Monitor" to pay a five million Sudanese pound (approx. U$1,950) fine over an article published in the paper that accused the government of facilitating slavery.

On Thursday October 11th Ms. Omaima Al Mardi, Director of the Gender Centre went to work as usual, to find out that the office has been occupied by security agents who ordered her to close the Centre and leave immediately.

The Sudanese government has criticised the US-led air strikes against targets in Afghanistan, news agencies reported on Monday.

The Sudanese government has warned that it could pull out of the peace negotiations sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) if progress is not made at the next round of talks, news agencies reported on Saturday.

Sudan has taken steps to crack down on members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network still in the country, United Press International (UPI) reported on Friday.