Sudan’s military leaders have called for elections and canceled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition a day after heavily armed paramilitaries attacked a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum. Talks between the ruling military council and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance, a pro-reform coalition, broke down last month after weeks of negotiations. The transitional military council (TMC) took power in April after ousting president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of brutal, repressive rule.
China responded pointedly to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on the 30th anniversary of the Chinese army’s bloody suppression of student-led pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The dueling statements underscore the vast divide in perceptions of the events of three decades ago, which Beijing considers a taboo subject that the West only raises in order to embarrass and de-legitimize China as part of a strategy to contain its development.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday. The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange doesn’t face extradition to Sweden any time soon. The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012.
A search team in the Indian Himalayas has spotted five bodies on the unnamed peak where eight climbers are believed to have gone missing a week ago. The missing climbers — four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and their Indian liaison officer — went missing in the region of Nanda Devi East, one of the highest peaks in India at just over 7,400 meters (24,000 feet.) The group was attempting to scale a previously unclimbed and unnamed peak believed to be about 6,477 meters (21,250 feet) high, according to Facebook posts from the group’s expedition company. On Sunday, helicopter teams saw signs of an avalanche on the peak the group were thought to be on, according to two state officials.
Apple has announced that iTunes is to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. There had been speculation that the tech giant was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001. The firm also revealed a number of new privacy measures at its annual developer conference in San Jose. A new sign-in will be an alternative to logging into apps using social media accounts, hiding the user’s email address and data.