A man walks past a KFC logo in Shanghai. REUTERS
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Almost 20 years of U.S. sanctions on Sudan aren't stopping Yasser Moustafa tucking into a bucket of fried chicken from a red and white-decorated restaurant with a logo of a mustachioed senior citizen.Stepping into Kafory Fried Chicken in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, the 43-year-old engineer could choose anything from a crispy-chicken sandwich and Coke at 30 Sudanese pounds ($5.22) to a 15-piece bucket for seven times that price. Kafory is one of a growing number of fast-food options in Sudan's capital, where eateries inspired by U.S. giants such as Yum! Brands Inc.'s KFC and Starbucks Corp. compete with franchises of South Africa-based Famous Brands Ltd.'s Debonairs Pizza and Steers, which sells hamburgers.Such estimates come even as Sudan's $74 billion economy feels the aftershocks of South Sudan's secession in 2011, which deprived Khartoum of three-quarters of the formerly united country's oil reserves and led the government to trim subsidies, sparking protests.The company has been trading in Sudan since 2003, he said.
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