This vast northeast African country abuts the Red Sea, has large parts covered by the Sahara, boasts the savanna to the south and the Sahel region in between. Sudan's capital, Khartoum, sits on the Blue Nile; historically, the country has wielded significant influence in the Arab world. But it has suffered from a brutal civil war and waves of international sanctions that are being withdrawn only now.
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