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Djibouti Opposition Rejects Order to Delay Anti-Government Rally

Opposition leaders in Djibouti have rejected a government plea to postpone a rally scheduled Friday to protest against the rule of President Ismail Omar Guelleh. The demonstration is set to begin after Friday prayers in the mostly Muslim East African city-state.Djibouti’s opposition parties are hoping to draw tens of thousands of supporters into...

More Than 140,000 People Flee Libya

The United Nations refugee agency says over the past 10 days, more than 140,000 people have fled to Egypt and Tunisia from Libya.  The UNHCR says tens of thousands of people are stuck at the borders and in urgent need of help.  The U.N. refugee agency says the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is chaotic. It says 14,000 people crossed the...

Political Protests Spread to Djibouti

Anti-government protests have spread to Djibouti, the tiny, but strategic country that hosts the only U.S. military base in sub-Saharan Africa. Demonstrators are demanding that the president step down.Protesters marched down a Djibouti street Friday after Muslim prayers, demanding that President Ismail Omar Guelleh give up plans to run for a third...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

NCP Proposes Extended Interim Period to Resolve Issues

A senior member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA an agreement between his party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to extend the “interim period” will help expedite the resolution of the outstanding issues between the north and south. Rabie Abdelati Obeid said such an extension would not, in his words, hamper...

Eritrea Reopens African Union Mission

Eritrea has reopened its mission to the African Union, ending years of self-imposed exile from the continental organization. But diplomats say the move does not signal a thaw in relations between Eritrea and its archrival, the African Union host Ethiopia.Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union Girma Asmerom Tesfay presented credentials this week...

Southern Sudan Chooses: Unity or Secession?

Sunday's referendum in southern Sudan gives voters a choice between staying united with the rest of Sudan or becoming an independent country.The poll was agreed to in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended Sudan's 21-year north-south civil war.Voters entering polling booths will see two symbols. One shows two hands clasped together,...

President Said Ethiopia's Meles Tried to Assassinate Him

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afeworki was nearly assassinated while on his way back to Asmara after a family holiday in Kenya, secret American diplomatic cables have revealed. The secret cables posted online by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks accuse Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, a one time ally of Afeworki in Addis Ababa's struggle to overthrow...

Hundreds of Eritreans Held Hostage in Sinai

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Egypt to intervene to secure the release of about 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by human traffickers in the Sinai.The United Nations refugee agency says it does not have much information about  the group of Eritreans nor the hostage takers.   It says media reports note the traffickers...