Sudanese woman Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, has been re-arrested just a day after being released from prison. Photograph:   EPA/STR.

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity has been re-arrested just a day after being released (...)

British prime minister David Cameron has condemned the “barbaric” punishment of the 27-year-old, who gave birth to a daughter this week while shackled in her cel

A woman sentenced to death in Sudan after marrying a Christian could be released within days, according to reports.A senior Khartoum official has told(...)

Passengers are evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA. 1:24

An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked his fellow pilot out of the cockpit, hijacked a Rome-bound plane and landed in Ge(...)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (left) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir (centre) in Juba, South Sudan, for talks to aid efforts for a ceasefire deal. Photograph: Phillip Dhil

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, while China has called for an immed(...)

South Sudan civilians, who are fleeing violence, seek refuge in the UN Mission in South Sudan  compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photograph:  EPA/Hailemichael Gebrekrstros/UNMISS.

US president Barack Obama has urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation. Mr Obama said th(...)

A sign for the China Juba People’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. China stepped up its engagement with the newly-independent country this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Among those anxiously watching this week’s violence in South Sudan is one of the world’s youngest nation’s newest friends: China. The clashes that beg(...)

South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)

Former vice-president of South Sudan Riek Machar at his home in Juba in November. ‘We are going through a very unpredictable period, the most unpredictable since independence,’ he says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

After days of fighting between rival factions in South Sudan’s army, the world’s youngest state finds itself at its most dangerous juncture since decl(...)