Khartoum, 26 September: Sudan has dropped almost completely off the Internet as riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies entered the third day and protesters battled security forces in the capital. Renesys Corp., a company that maps the pathways of the Internet, said it could not confirm whether the blackout was government-orchestrated. But the outage recalls a similarly dramatic outage in Egypt, Sudan&’s neighbour, when authorities shut off Internet access during that country&’s 2011 uprising. “It&’s either a government-directed thing or some very catastrophic technological failure that just happens to coincide with the riots,” said senior analyst Doug Madory yesterday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by the reports of what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage, and called on the government to restore the country&’s connection.    PTI