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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Sudan deal opens way to elections

Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council signed a final power-sharing deal yesterday that paves the way for a transitional government, and eventually elections, following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

Stability in Sudan, which has been grappling with an economic crisis, is seen as crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya.

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One of Sudan's top generals, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who is deputy head of the military council, and opposition alliance representative Ahmad al-Rabie had initialed the agreement earlier this month, and were the main signatories yesterday.

Those in the room clapped and cheered and an orchestra played a patriotic song.

Oscar-winning animator dies aged 86

Richard Williams, the animator whose work on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit helped blur the boundaries between animation and conventional cinema, has died. He was 86 years old.

The Oscar-winning artist, who was born in Canada and moved to Britain in the 1950s, died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said.

Williams's career straddled the "Golden Age of Animation," which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s and beyond. He was director of animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, and he also animated the title sequences for the 1970s comedy classics The Return Of The Pink Panther and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Funds flood in after policeman's death

A fundraising page set up by PC Andrew Harper to support children with cancer has been flooded with donations.

The 28-year-old newlywed, who died last week while responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire, England, had created a fundraising page with a £500 target for a 20-mile race in Peterborough next May. But a flood of donations has now taken the total amount raised to more than £7,600 on the Virgin Money Giving site in aid of Children with Cancer UK.

PC Harper had written: "Nobody deserves to experience the devastating impacts of cancer, but especially not children."

Ten people arrested on suspicion of murdering the policeman remain in custody. PC Harper died after being dragged along a road by a vehicle.

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