Khartoum or Khartum (kɑːˈtuːm
- the capital of Sudan, at the junction of the Blue and the White Nile: with adjoining
Khartoum North and Omdurman, the largest conurbation in the country; destroyed by
the Mahdists in 1885 when General Gordon was killed; seat of the Anglo-Egyptian government
of Sudan until 1954, then capital of the new republic. Pop: 4 495 000 (2005 est)
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