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By Shadi Bushra KHARTOUM (Reuters) - When the Arab Spring uprisings burst out four years ago, Bedreldin Mohamed believed that, finally, many of his Sudanese countrymen would join him in calling for an alternative to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, now in his 25th year in power. Things have changed." Most of Sudan's main opposition parties boycotted the presidential and parliamentary elections held on April 13-16, saying the government had continued to detain and harass them despite Bashir's promises last year to allow more political freedoms. As a result, say government critics, voters have been left with few viable alternatives to Bashir and his National Congress Party. The public's will to vote is also being worn down by government warnings that the country could fall into chaos under new leadership, activists say.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates and hopefuls were in New Hampshire this weekend for a party conference, the first gathering of its kind this year in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Politicians already in the 2016 race or considering a run gave speeches, answered questions from voters and reporters and tested their campaign skills in stops across the state. Some things to know about the state of the race:
An Egyptian court on Sunday took a step towards imposing the death penalty on 11 men for involvement in deadly soccer stadium violence in 2012, in a court session shown on television. The judge referred the sentencing to Egypt's Grand Mufti, the country's most senior religious authority, a step towards the death penalty, which could be imposed at a later court hearing on May 30. Soccer matches are often a flashpoint for violence in the country but the Port Said incident was Egypt's worst ever soccer disaster, killing more than 70 fans and injuring at least 1,000. The Grand Mufti's decision is not binding but referral is needed in order to impose a death sentence.