In Sudan, main alliance of opposition groups and protesters have launched  a campaign of civil disobedience to force military rulers to hand over power to civilians.

The call for campaign came days after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators left dozens dead in the capital Khartoum.

Opposition medics said 113 people were killed in this week’s violence while the government has put the death toll at 61, including three members of the security services.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has appealed for peace in Sudan expressing grave concern following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum last week.

In his weekly address to crowds in St Peter’s Square, the Pope urged need to cease the violence and seek the common good through dialogue.