Su­dan seeks to end ter­ror des­ig­na­tion

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CAIRO (AP) — Su­dan’s tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day it has reached a s $70 mil­lion set­tle­ment with 17 fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the 2000 at­tack on the USS Cole in Ye­men, a key step in hav­ing the U.S. re­move Su­dan from its list of state spon­sors of ter­ror­ism so it can re­join the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity af­ter years of ex­clu­sion. In the agree­ment, Su­dan makes no ad­mis­sion of wrong­do­ing.

Su­dan was ac­cused of pro­vid­ing sup­port to al-Qaida, which claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. Un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir, the coun­try was des­ig­nated by Wash­ing­ton as a “state spon­sor of ter­ror” for host­ing the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, in the early years of his mil­i­tant move­ment.

The an­nounce­ment was the lat­est in a series of ef­forts by the in­terim gov­ern­ment to close the book on al-Bashir, whose three decades of iron-fisted rule was brought to an end in pop­u­lar protests last year.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this Oct. 15, 2000, file photo, ex­perts in a speed boat ex­am­ine the dam­aged hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden af­ter an al-Qaida at­tack that killed 17 sailors.

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