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Indiana toddler, allegedly dangled by grandfather, dies after plunging 150 feet from cruise ship: report

A toddler has died after plunging 150 feet from a cruise ship while being dangled out of a window by her granddad.

The 18-month-old girl slipped from his arms and fell from the 11th floor of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship.

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An Indiana toddler fell to her death aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship over the weekend.  (Facebook/@royalcaribbean)

The child is believed to have fallen onto the concrete below while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The tot was rushed to hospital at around 4:30 p.m. local time yesterday.

She was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to the local Primer Hora website, the girl was from Indiana and on holiday with her parents and grandparents.

Police have now launched an investigation and are trawling CCTV of the ship as well as interviewing passengers.

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The girl’s family have not yet been quizzed by detectives but police have said they believe the incident was a tragic accident.

Elmer Román, of the local Department of Public Security, said: “Police have now launched an investigation and are trawling CCTV of the ship.

“At this time (the Division of) Homicide is in place. It has not been possible to interview the family.

“It is a very strong scene, very sad and tragic.

“At one point, one of her grandparents… in an act of games, exposes the girl to the void and falls out of his hands.”

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The boat has a height of around 210 feet and the 11th floor will have been around 150 feet above land level when the vessel was docked.

It holds around 4,000 passengers and was ending a seven-day Southern Caribbean cruise of Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados at the time of the tragedy.

Royal Caribbean has been contacted for comment.

To read more from The Sun, click here.

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San Francisco man gored in neck during Pamplona bull run, officials say

A San Francisco man was gored in the neck and hospitalized after Friday’s opening of the San Fermin festival in Spain – better known as the running of the bulls, city officials said.

The 46-year-old San Franciscan was gored in the neck in Pamplona’s bullring, at the end of the 930-yard course. His injuries required surgery, the regional government reported.

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Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2019.  (AP)

The man was one of two Americans gored in the northern city of Pamplona. The other, a 23-year old man from Kentucky, was reportedly gored in the thigh and hospitalized. Neither of their identities was released.

Three other people were injured. City officials said a 40-year-old Spanish man was gored in the thigh and two young Spanish men sustained head injuries.

The running of the bulls draws about 1 million spectators every year. During the nine-day San Fermin fiesta, six bulls are run every morning in the city’s narrow streets and then killed in afternoon bullfights.

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The run, which lasted 2 minutes and 41 seconds, came after the festival’s official opening — or “Chupinazo” — on Friday, when tens of thousands of party-goers shower each other with wine and champagne in a packed square.

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The annual festival also includes music performances, traditional sports and dance displays, a religious procession on Sunday to honor the local patron, a firework competition and endless partying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Greek election: Conservative party regains control, ousts left-wing PM

Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis comfortably won Greece’s parliamentary elections Sunday, delivering a stinging blow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after a tumultuous four years in office as the country struggled through a crippling financial crisis.

With more than 90% of votes counted, Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party had 39.8% of the votes, compared to 31.5% for Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party.

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Greek opposition New Democracy conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis waves to his supporters after win in parliamentary elections at the New Democracy headquarters in Athens, on Sunday, July 7, 2019.  (AP)

The extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, founded by neo-Nazi supporters, narrowly failed to make the 3% threshold needed to enter parliament — a huge fall of support for a party that had become the third-largest in the Greek legislature during the country’s financial crisis.

The results indicated Greek voters bucked a recent trend in Europe of citizens rejecting the political mainstream and turning to populist and euroskeptic parties.

“I asked for a strong mandate to change Greece. You offered it generously,” Mitsotakis said in his victory speech. “From today, a difficult but beautiful fight begins.”

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Mitsotakis. 51, vowed to abide by his campaign pledges to cut taxes, attract investment and improve the job market. He had been ahead in opinion polls for three years and managed to build a sizeable lead.

“Greeks deserve better and the time has come for us to prove it,” he said.

Mitsotakis was scheduled to be officially sworn in as prime minister Monday, and was expected to announce his Cabinet later in the day.

Tsipras conceded defeat and phoned Mitsotakis to congratulate him.

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Greek Prime Minister and Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot at a polling station in Athens, on Sunday, July 7, 2019.  (AP)

“The citizens have made their choice. We fully respect the popular vote,” Tsipras said in a speech from central Athens.

He said his party now would work to protect the rights of working Greeks as “a responsible but dynamic opposition” to the government.

Tsipras said he hoped New Democracy’s return to government “will not lead to vengeance … particularly toward the significant achievements to protect the social majority and the workers.”

The election was the first since Greece emerged from three international bailouts that were dependent on successive governments implementing strict austerity measures, including major tax hikes and spending cuts. The financial crisis saw unemployment and poverty levels skyrocket and the economy shrink by a quarter.

Mitsotakis, the son of a former prime minister, brother of a former foreign minister and uncle to a newly elected mayor of Athens, fought during the campaign to shed the image of family privilege.

He pledged to make Greece more business-friendly, attract foreign investment, to modernize the country’s notorious bureaucracy and to cut taxes.

Tsipras, 44, called the election three months ahead of schedule after Syriza suffered a severe defeat in European Union and local elections in May and early June.

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He had led his small Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, party to power in 2015 on promises to repeal the austerity of Greece’s first two bailouts. But after months of tough negotiations with international creditors that saw Greece nearly crash out of the European Union’s joint currency, he was forced to change tack and sign up to a third bailout that imposed spending cuts and tax hikes.

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He also cemented a deal with neighboring North Macedonia under which that country changed its name from plain “Macedonia.” Although praised by Western allies, the deal angered many Greeks, who consider use of the term by their neighbor to harbor expansionist aims on the Greek province of the same name.

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Iran to enrich uranium ‘based on our needs,’ in defiance of 2015 nuclear accord

In a second breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with world powers, Iran on Sunday said it will raise its enrichment of uranium.

Iran will go beyond the limit of 3.67 percent enrichment to a new percentage “based on our needs,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said at a news conference, without specifying a new limit.

The announcement was expected to further heighten tensions between Tehran and the U.S.

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The move comes one year after President Trump announced that the U.S. would leave the accord that the Obama administration and other governments had entered with Iran’s leadership.

On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, by phone that he was trying to find a way to resume dialogue between Iran and Western partners by July 15, the Associated Press reported.

Previously, Iran admitted breaking the deal’s 661-pound limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile. Experts warn that higher enrichment and a growing stockpile of uranium would make an atomic bomb possible sooner for Iran.

The 2015 deal’s proponents say the accord was designed to prevent Iran from developing a bomb – which Iran has claimed it wasn’t interested in building anyway.

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​​​​​​​Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark “National Nuclear Day,” in Tehran, Iran, April 9, 2018. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Prior to Sunday’s announcement, Iran had warned Europe that it would begin pulling away from the deal in response to sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran’s economy and its top officials. Tehran is hoping that accord signees Russia, China and Europe can help provide relief from the U.S. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Tensions between the U.S. and Iran began rising in May when the U.S. deployed additional troops and military capabilities to the Mideast. That was soon followed by mysterious oil tanker blasts near the Strait of Hormuz, for which some U.S. officials have blamed Tehran, and Iran shooting down a U.S. military drone – which nearly prompted a U.S. military response by President Trump.

At Washington’s urging, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to meet Wednesday to review Iran’s recent actions and possibly issue a formal censure, the Journal reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Melania Trump honored with odd statue likened to a ‘scarecrow’ in her Slovenian home town

First Lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian home town is paying a tribute to her as a “Slovenian hero” with a wood-carved statue that has raised some eyebrows, with some decrying it as a “scarecrow.”

The life-size statue was officially unveiled on Friday on the outskirts of Sevnica. It was first envisioned by Brad Downey, a 39-year-old American artist.

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Downey, who told AFP that it’s the first monument dedicated to the First Lady in the world, commissioned a local artist to carve a tree using a chainsaw and shows the wife of President Trump in a blue dress raising her left hand in a waving motion.

But the sculpture has attracted some detractors who say it looks more like a “scarecrow” than a true representation of the First Lady.

“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” Downey told AFP, but said the statue was “absolutely beautiful.”

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The town of Sevnica has become an overnight tourist attraction following Trump’s election into office in 2016, with some journalists looking for insight into the first lady.

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The town welcomed the opportunity to cater to the tourists, reportedly offering a series of Melania Trump-branded food and other items.

The actual sculptor is Ales Zupevc, a local artist also known as Maxi. Downey told the AFP that conversations with the artist helped him to see Trump’s ancestral town through local eyes.

“You see this river that she would have seen as a child, you see the mountains,” he told the outlet.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. (REUTERS)

Yet the statue’s style was mocked by others in the country, with some unsure whether it was meant to be a parody or a serious attempt at honoring the first lady.

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“If the monument was meant to be a parody, then the artist has been successful,” Nika, an architecture student told AFP. “We in Sevnica can only laugh and, at the same time, hold our heads in our hands over their [the Trumps’] catastrophic reputation.”

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Otto Warmbier’s parents file claim for seized North Korean cargo ship as part of $500M judgment against regime

Otto Warmbier’s parents have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship to satisfy part of their $500 million judgment against the North Korean regime over the death of their son.

Warmbier was an American student on tour who was detained by the North Korean government and later sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.

The Ohio native, then 21, fell into a coma for unknown reasons while in custody and was held in that condition for another 17 months. North Korean officials did not tell American officials until June 2017 that he had been unconscious the entire time. He died less than a week after he returned to the U.S. the same month.

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The parents are now seeking the seized North Korean cargo ship as part of the $500 million judgment awarded by U.S. court after suing the regime over their son’s death.

According to the filing, first reported by CNN, the family is forced to chase down the assets of the regime to recover anything for the crimes.

The claim slams North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his “cronies” for showing “no regard for human life.”

The North Korean cargo ship that Warmbier family is claiming was reportedly seized back in May amid violations of U.S. sections that ban most trade with North Korea and supposedly contains heavy machinery.

“We are committed to holding North Korea accountable for the death of our son Otto, and will work tirelessly to seize North Korean assets wherever they may be found,” the Warmbiers added in a statement.

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President Trump recently met with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, with Trump becoming the first sitting U.S. president to cross the border into the North.

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The North Korean government once demanded $2 million from the U.S. for the hospital care of Warmbier.

Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the bill and the amount to Fox News.

While an agreement was reportedly signed to pay the medical bill, a source told Fox News the U.S. did not pay money to North Korea.

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Russian seamen who died in mysterious navy submarine accident are buried

The 14 Russian seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy’s research submersibles earlier this week were laid to rest in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

The sailors were killed in the blaze on the unnamed submarine in the Barents Sea on Monday. Officials withheld details of the tragedy, citing the utmost secrecy of the vessel’s mission.

The Defense Ministry said the sailors were killed by toxic fumes from the fire. Some others survived the fire but the military hasn’t said how many. Officials didn’t name the nuclear-powered vessel, but Russian media reported that it was Russia’s most secret submersible, the Losharik.

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People lay flowers at the graves of the 14 crew members who died in a fire on a Russian navy’s deep-sea research submersible, next to the graves of crew members of Kursk submarine, right, at the Serafimovskoye memorial cemetery during a funeral ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP)

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The 14 seamen were buried at a cemetery in St. Petersburg, which was cordoned off by the military. Media weren’t allowed to attend a vigil at the local church or the burial which was attended by top military officials and naval officers.

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A Russian navy officer pays his last respect at the grave of Captain 3rd rank Vladimir Sukhinichev, one of the 14 crew members who died  (AP)

Journalists were able to visit the cemetery after the ceremony was over. The 14 fresh graves were dug out next to the resting places of some of the crewmembers of the Kursk submarine, which sank during naval maneuvers in 2000, killing all 118 seamen onboard in Russia’s worst submarine disaster.

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Some of the relatives of the 14 seamen stayed on at the cemetery plot, putting up candles or sharing a moment of silence with friends and family.

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India finance minister ditches ‘colonial’ briefcase to deliver budget

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chose to ditch the practice of delivering the country’s budget to parliament in a “colonial” briefcase, choosing instead to flaunt a traditional bright-red ledger known as bahi-khata in Hindi.

Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian said the traditional ledger symbolized a “departure from the slavery of western thought.”

Sitharaman’s budget, the first since India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election, announced various economic measures including a housing boost for the middle-class, stimulation for new start-ups and measures to improve infrastructure.

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Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, center right, and junior Finance Minister Anurag Thakur, center, stands for the media at the parliament house before unveiling the annual federal budget in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 5. (AP)

Previously India’s defense minister, Sitharaman is the first female finance minister since Indira Gandhi, who held the position in 1970-1 while also acting as prime minister.

Her decision to hold the traditional ledger sparked debate on Indian social media, resulting in much praise and some ridicule.

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India’s Finance Minister chose to abandon the “colonial” budget briefcase while presenting her maiden budget to parliament, choosing instead to flaunt a traditional bright-red ledger known as bahi-khata in Hindi. (AP)

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Many lauded her commitment to Indian tradition while others criticized it, asking questions like why she drove to parliament in a vehicle instead of riding there by bullock cart.

Writer Samanth Subramanian described the “colonial” budget briefcase as a “giant colonial holdover, harking back to a similar budget speech that has been delivered by Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer for many decades.”

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Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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Indonesia woman faces jail time for recording boss’ lewd phone call, he is promoted

An Indonesian woman who recorded her boss’ lewd phone call to prove she was being harassed will serve at least six months in prison for distributing obscene material — meanwhile, her boss got a promotion.

Nuril Maknun, 41, worked as a part-time bookkeeper at a high school in Mataram, the largest city on the religiously conservative island of Lombok.

Her allegations against her boss, who goes by the single name Muslim, as is common in Indonesia, began in 2013 when he took over as principal at the high school she worked at.

According to the New York Times, Muslim made vulgar remarks against her and spread a rumor the two had been carrying on an affair.

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Baiq Nuril Maknun, who exposed her cheating boss, looks stunned after she got slapped with a six-month jail term for violating a controversial law against spreading indecent material, in Mataram on Lombok island on November 16, 2018. – The supreme court’s shock decision overturned an earlier court ruling that cleared the woman of breaking the controversial law against spreading indecent material. (Photo by Pikong / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIKONG/AFP/Getty Images)

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Nuril complained multiple times of receiving lewd phone calls from her boss and, in one instance, recorded him using explicit language and hounding her to have an affair – all without his knowledge. She gave the recording to a third person and eventually distributed it on an electronic device.

When Muslim became aware of the recording, he filed a police complaint against Nuril for criminal defamation. She was arrested and jailed for a month.

Prosecutors then charged her with distributing obscene material.

Nuril was initially cleared of the charges of violating the country’s strict anti-pornography laws by distributing the recording in a bid to expose the man’s history of lecherous behavior.

Prosecutors appealed the verdict, however, and. on Thursday, the country’s top court reversed the decision and sentenced her to six months in prison. Nuril was also ordered to pay a $35,383 fine, Al Jazeera reported.

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She told the New York Times on Friday that she was disappointed by the court’s “obvious injustice” in its decision.

“I, as a woman, should be protected, but then I was the one who became the victim,” Nuril told the Times. “People should know that when we get harassed, there is no place to take refuge.”

The Times reported that Nuril’s boss has never been punished for harassing her and instead has been promoted repeatedly.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who recently won a second term in office, said earlier that Nuril could seek clemency from him if she did not find justice through a judicial review.

On Friday, the president told reporters that he would not comment on the Supreme Court ruling, but that Nuril should apply for amnesty as soon as possible so that his office could assume legal authority over her case.

“Since the beginning, my attention to this case has never diminished,” he said, according to the Times. “If it gets to me, then it will be under my authority, and I will use the authority I have.”

An online fundraising campaign has reportedly raised more than $26,000 to help pay her fine.

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Meanwhile, Nuril said she is proud to fight for her “dignity as a woman” but questioned why she was going to jail when it was Muslim who made the obscene comments.

“Clearly the person has admitted that it was his voice, admitted that he was the one who called me, admitted that he was the one who said things that were inappropriate,” she told the Times. “Why can he just casually walk around, while I, as the victim, am the one being punished?”

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Sudan military agrees to sharing power, protesters claim victory for their ‘revolution’

Leaders of Sudan’s pro-democracy movement welcomed on Friday the power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council as a victory for their “revolution,” raising hopes for an end to the three-month standoff with the generals and deadly violence.

“Today, our revolution has won and our victory shines,” read a statement posted early Friday on the Facebook page of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded the protests.

The emerging deal could break the political impasse that has gripped the country since the military ousted the longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April, amid an uprising against his rule.

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In the following months, protesters stayed in the streets demanding the generals handover power to a civilian leadership. Talks collapsed when security forces razed a protest camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3 leaving more than a hundred killed, according to protesters.

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FILE – In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, speaks during a military-backed rally, in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan. An African Union envoy says Sudan’s ruling military council and the country’s pro-democracy movement have reached a power-sharing agreement, including a timetable for a transition to civilian rule. Mohammed el-Hassan Labat said early Friday, July 5, that both sides agreed to form a joint sovereign council that will rule the country for “three years or a little more.” The sides agreed to five seats for the military and five for civilians with an additional seat going to a civilian with military background.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

The African Union and Ethiopia made intensive efforts to bring the generals and the protesters back to the negotiating table.

Negotiations resumed earlier this week, after tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Sudan’s main cities over the weekend, in the biggest show of numbers since the razing of the protesters’ sit-in camp. At least 11 people were killed in clashes with security forces, according to protest organizers.

When news of the deal broke around dawn on Friday, hundreds of protesters returned to the streets dancing, singing and waving Sudanese flags, while passing drivers honked.

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The military-controlled Al-Sudan television channel played national songs. It also reran excerpts of the press conference announcing the agreement, held jointly by protest and military leaders, which it subtitled “Congratulations to the Sudanese people.”

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“We hope that the formation of transitional institutions marks the beginning of a new era,” said Omer El-Digair, a leader of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a political coalition representing the protesters, at the joint press conference with the military and African mediators following the conclusion of the deal. “We hope it is an era where we can shut off the sound of pistols and destroy for good prisons of arbitrary detention.”

The two parties agreed to form a joint sovereign council to lead the country during a transitional period of three years and three months, said the SPA statement.

The council will include five civilians representing the protest movement and five military members. An eleventh seat will go to a civilian chosen by both parties.

A military member will preside over the council during the first 21 months, followed by a civilian member after, according to the statement.

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This suggests a significant concession on the part of pro-democracy forces, which had insisted that the sovereign council have only a civilian president. However, the deal did secure another key demand, that protest leaders select the members of a technocratic Cabinet to be formed independently from the generals.

According to the SPA statement, the two parties also agreed to launch “a national independent investigation” into the killings of protesters since al-Bashir was ousted on April 11, according to the statement.

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Mohammed el-Hassan Labat said early Friday, July 5, that both sides agreed to form a joint sovereign council that will rule the country for “three years or a little more.” The sides agreed to five seats for the military and five for civilians with an additional seat going to a civilian with a military background. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

“I am not fully satisfied but it is a step forward to bring peace to our people,” Tarek Abdel Meguid, an FDFC leader, told The Associated Press.

He said that concessions were necessary to avoid further bloodshed.

“It is a civilian revolution and the people had already rejected the idea of sharing power” with the military council, he said. “But this is what the balance of power imposed.”

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Abdel Meguid said that the FDFC was expected to meet this afternoon and discuss whether to call off plans for rallies to mark 40 days since the protester deaths, followed by launching a national strike on July 14.

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