Bashir to visit Russia


Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will travel to Russia next month, Khartoum authorities said, a rare overseas trip for a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.

Sudan’s foreign ministry said Bashir was invited by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.

The visit, scheduled for the second half of August, comes as Sudan awaits a decision by the United States on whether to lift a 20-year-old trade embargo and other major sanctions.