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Ethiopian opposition demands release of Jawar Mohammed, others

Ethiopia’s main opposition party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has called for the release of its jailed leaders, saying it was difficult to prepare for elections without them.In a statement, the party also demanded its closed offices be opened...

Ethiopia rejects independent probes into Tigray conflict

Ethiopia’s government is rejecting calls for independent investigations into the deadly conflict in its Tigray region, saying it “doesn’t need a babysitter”.The declaration by senior government official Redwan Hussein came amid international calls for more transparency into the month-long...

Ethiopia forces shoot, detain UN staffers in Tigray

Ethiopia’s security forces shot and detained United Nations staffers as they tried to reach part of the embattled Tigray region, a senior official said Tuesday, and he blamed the U.N. staffers for trying to reach areas where “they were...

Concern grows over Ethiopia continued aid blockade to Tigray

Impatience is rising as humanitarian officials say they still don’t have access to Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region more than a week after Ethiopia’s government and the United Nations signed a deal to allow in desperately needed food and other...

Congo’s president breaks rank with Kabila, end coalition

Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Felix Tshisekedi has announced an end to the coalition between his party and that of former president Joseph Kabila.President Felix Tshisekedi said that he will build a new coalition that will have a majority...

Ethiopia’s Tigray leaders say thousands killed in conflict

Several thousand combatants have been killed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, an official with the fugitive regional government is asserting, although claims remain difficult to verify a month after fighting erupted between Ethiopian and regional forces.Getachew Reda, a senior...

Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel

Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants on Thursday arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel’s international airport, as the government took a step toward carrying out its pledge to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries.Some 300 people landed...

Tigray leader to Ethiopia’s PM; stop the madness

The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy...

Ethiopia: Leader of Tigray forces says fighting continues near Mekelle

The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious northern forces has said he is still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by the government troops.Debretsion Gebremichael, who heads the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), also told...

Suicide bomber kills at least 7 at Mogadishu ice-cream shop

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an ice-cream parlour in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing seven people and wounding eight, an official said.It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast, but the Islamist...
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Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15

Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one of them,...
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