Sudan facts
    Sudan facts
    Name: Republic of the Sudan
    Capital: Khartoum
    Largest city: Omdurman
    Population: 40 million
    Currency: Sudanese pound (SDG)
    Official language: Arabic, English
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Area-wise, Sudan was the largest country in Africa and the Arab world until 2011, when South Sudan separated into an independent country. Sudan is now the third largest country in Africa (after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and also the third largest country in the Arab world (after Algeria and Saudi Arabia).

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    Sudan in Arabic means 'black' The country's name was derived from the Arabic expression bilād as-sūdān (بلاد السودان), or "the lands of the Blacks", an expression denoting West Africa and northern-Central Africa
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    White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria joins the Blue Nile near Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and becomes the mighty Nile river that continues to flow north towards Egypt before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea.
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    Sudan celebrates its independence day on January 1. It is one of the five countries that became independent on the new year day (Brunei, Cameroon, Czech Republic and Haiti are the others)
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    Highest point in Sudan is Deriba Caldera at 3,042 m (9,980 ft)
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    The Nile is the dominant geographic feature of Sudan, flowing 3,000 kilometers from Uganda in the south to Egypt in the north. Most of the country lies within its catchment basin. The Blue Nile and the White Nile, originating in the Ethiopian highlands and the Central African lakes, respectively, join at Khartoum to form the Nile River proper that flows to Egypt. Other major tributaries of the Nile are the Bahr el Ghazal, Sobat, and Atbarah rivers.
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    Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir is the President of Sudan and the head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when, as a brigadier in the Sudanese Army, he led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi after it began negotiations with rebels in the south. In March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.
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    Top 10 cities of Sudan (2015 est.)
    Omdurman: 1.3 million
    Khartoum: 1.2 million
    Port Sudan: 500,000
    Kassala: 420,000
    El Obeid: 400,000
    Kosti: 350,000
    Wad Madani: 340,000
    El Fasher: 260,000
    Ad-Damazin: 200,000
    Geneina: 180,000