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President Joe Biden approves sanctions against Sudan

President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against Sudan, saying the war must end. Mr. Biden called the violence a tragedy and a betrayal of the Sudanese people. He said the violence in Sudan was an “unusual and exceptional threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Earlier, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told a US Senate committee that the conflict is likely to drag on because both sides believe they can win militarily and have little incentive to negotiate.

The latest ceasefire has not been respected, and fierce fighting continues in the capital Khartoum, as well as in the neighboring towns of Omdurman and Bahri.

The World Food Program has estimated that more than $13 million (£10.3 million) in food aid to Sudan has been looted since fighting broke out last month.

WFP says looting is rampant in the country. The UN children’s agency UNICEF has warned that the situation is headed for disaster, with young people increasingly drawn into the war.

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