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Authorities force largest Sudan newspaper to stop

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's largest daily says authorities forced it to stop printing, the latest newspaper to halt publication after several came under pressure to depict demonstrators in week-long protests against longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir as "saboteurs."

Al-Intibah's official website said Sunday that authorities had ordered the halt indefinitely. It did not elaborate.

The paper, the country's largest in terms of circulation, is owned and run by al-Tayab Mustafa, uncle of al-Bashir. The closure comes after a week of Sudan's most extensive demonstrations in years, which began as a protest against fuel price hikes. Nearly half of Sudan's population lives under the poverty line.

Khartoum governor Abdel-Rahman al-Khidri says the government will start distributing cash to compensate for the fuel prices. The Education Ministry says schools will remain closed until Oct. 20.

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