Sudan court drops terrorism charge on US resident

KHARTOUM - A Sudanese court dropped charges of forming a terrorist organization and released two men, one a US resident, on Monday, in one the first trials of people arrested during a spate of anti-government protests that broke out in June.
Sudan avoided the Arab Spring uprisings that unseated rulers in neighboring Libya and Egypt last year, but austerity measures taken to cope with an economic crisis led to small demonstrations calling for the government to resign.
Sudanese activists say more than 1,000 people have been detained for taking part in such protests, though the number cannot be verified independently.