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Sudan prosecutors charge al-Bashir with killing protesters

FILE - In this April 11, 2019 file photo, Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in Khartoum, Sudan. As the uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power. They had long viewed al-Bashir as a problem because of his close ties to Islamists.

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Latest on the uprising in Sudan that ended President Omar al-Bashir's 30-year reign last month (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The Sudan Doctors Committee says at least a dozen protesters were wounded in clashes with the military, including eight at the ongoing sit-in area outside the military's headquarters in Khartoum.

Footage circulating online Monday showed protesters blocking roads in Khartoum with burning tires and trees. Other footage showed men from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces forcibly dispersing protesters.

The Sudan Doctors Committee is part of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests since December that eventually led to the military's ouster of President Omar al-Bashir last month. The protesters have remained in the streets, demanding a swift transition to civilian rule.

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6:30 p.m.

Sudan's state news agency says prosecutors have charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir with involvement in killing protesters and incitement to kill protesters during the uprising that drove him from power last month.

SUNA publicized the charges Monday. It was not immediately clear what punishment he might face.

The transitional military council ruling Sudan has said al-Bashir will face justice inside the country and will not be extradited to the Hague, where the International Criminal Court has charged him with war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

Al-Bashir was imprisoned in the capital, Khartoum, days after the military removed him from power.

The protesters have remained in the streets, demanding a swift transition to civilian rule.

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11:20 a.m.

Sudanese protesters who drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month are resuming negotiations with the ruling military council in renewed efforts to find common ground on forming a transitional government.

Shams al-Deen al-Kabashi, a spokesman for the military council, says Monday's meeting — the first in over a week — is being held "in a more optimistic atmosphere."

The protesters are represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups.

The two sides are divided over what role the military, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, should play in the transitional period. The protesters demand a full transfer of power to a civilian government during this time.

The military seeks a two-year transitional period during which army generals would retain most of the power.

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