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Software for the console is expected to continue being produced.

The announcement sent gamers posting messages online, with some surprised the PS2 was still being made.

The news has sparked rumors that embattled Sony, which has been hit by falling sales owing to the popularity of games on smartphones, is planning a PlayStation 4, more than six years since launching the PS3.

SUDAN

African nation opens floodgates of bigger dam

ROSEIRES — A torrent of water surged Tuesday into Sudan’s Blue Nile River at the launch of the expanded Roseires dam, which officials say should help develop one of the country’s poorest regions, where insurgents are fighting the government.

A strategically important structure, the 66-year-old dam is already a major power generator for a Sudan struggling with economic crisis since South Sudan separated last year with most of the country’s oil production.

It is located on the Blue Nile near Ethiopia. The expansion has cost $460 million.

After four years of work and the resettlement of 20,000 families, Roseires dam now stands 33 feet higher, doubling its storage capacity to allow additional power generation and agricultural irrigation, officials said.

“The significance is very huge,” Industry Minister Abdulwahab Mohammed Osman told Agence France-Presse on the sidelines of the ceremony held to mark the country’s 57th independence day.

He said millions of acres of land will be irrigated or provided with additional water because of the project.

From wire dispatches and staff reports