Sudan protests continue despite military's ultimatum

Sudanese opposition leaders behind the protests that drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month on Thursday criticized the ruling military council for suspending negotiations with their representatives over a peaceful transfer of power to civilian rule. The suspension dashed hopes of a speedy final deal between the military and the protesters that could resolve a standoff underway since the military ousted and arrested al-Bashir amid months-long protests against his 30-year rule. The negotiations were suspended just hours after both the military council and the protesters announced on Wednesday they had made significant progress in their talks. "The suspension of negotiations is an unfortunate decision and does not respect the progress reached during negotiations," said a statement issued by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests against al-Bashir since December.