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Sanctions without the sting

Poolside at the Al Salam Rotana, Khartoum’s first five-star hotel. Sudan’s economy has flourished since U.S. sanctions were imposed in 1997. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Foreign investment in Sudan has quadrupled since 1996, officials say. This hotel in Khartoum is being built with Libyan capital. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
The economic boom hasn’t reached everyone. Just 15 minutes from the marble-floored Rotana hotel, slum dwellers in Salaam have seen little change in recent years. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Loopholes and exemptions to the U.S. sanctions allow some American companies to continue working with Sudanese partners. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Sudan’s economy is expected to grow 13% this year, far faster than most other African nations. (Carolyn Cole / LAt)
At Khartoum’s Ozone cafe, Palm Springs-style water misters cool patrons in the 100-degree heat. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
The paved road and power lines stop before they reach the slums on the outskirts of Khartoum. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)