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US Secretary of State Promotes American Investment in Zambia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging American companies to invest in Zambia, citing its 11 years of economic growth.Secretary Clinton's comment came Saturday during a forum with U.S. and Zambian business leaders in the capital, Lusaka.She said the U.S. wants a relationship of partnership, not patronage; of sustainability, not quick...

World Bank, IMF Fault Ethiopia's Economic & Development Policies

International financial institutions are urging Ethiopia to shift its emphasis away from central economic planning and adopt more market-oriented policies. Two departing senior economists are pointing to the need for a change of course to revive Ethiopia’s battered private sector and spur much-needed investment.In separate interviews this week,...

Ethiopia Jails 14 Over AU Bomb Plot

An Ethiopian court sentenced 14 people to prison Wednesday for plotting to bomb an African Union summit in January. Authorities say the 14 are Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels trained in Eritrea.  They are accused of planning to strike a hotel where several heads of state were staying and other targets in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The...

World Bank: Developing Country Growth Outpacing Rich Nations

The World Bank has released its annual forecast on the global economy.  While it predicts growth in the coming years, the forecast varies sharply between rich and developing countries. The forecast for developing countries actually is better than that for developed nations. But the report says developing nations should “shift from crisis-fighting...

Clinton Travels to Middle East, Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set off on a four-nation trip where she will take part in talks on Libya as well as an African economic conference.On Thursday, Clinton will be in the United Arab Emirates for a meeting of the 22-nation Libya Contact Group.  Participants are expected to discuss how to help rebels opposing Libyan leader...

Clinton Prepares For Economic Oriented Africa Tour

Enhancing trade, development and regional security will be key priorities for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an Africa tour later this week. After a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss Libya, Secretary Clinton will start the Africa portion of her trip with a scheduled visit to Zambia's capital Lusaka Friday. There, she will...

Kenya, Ethiopia Agree on Steps to Reduce Border Tensions

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed on measures to ease tensions along their border following deadly clashes between ethnic groups battling for scarce resources. The Horn of Africa neighbors will revive a long dormant ministerial commission to take on a host of prickly bilateral issues.Delegations of senior Ethiopian and Kenyan officials sat down...

Ethiopia Commutes Death Sentences for Former Officials Accused of Genocide

Ethiopia has commuted the death sentences of 23 people convicted of genocide for their part in the “Red Terror” purges during the rule of former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.  The 23 still face life in prison. Among those spared the death penalty Wednesday are many senior officials in the Mengistu government, including former vice-president...

Khartoum Rejects UN Force After South’s Independence

Sudan’s U.N. ambassador told the U.N. Secretary-General and the Security Council Tuesday that his government does not want to see an extension of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in his country after the south declares independence on July 9. The north’s confirmation comes amid an escalation in fighting between the two sides in the disputed Abyei...

North, South Sudan Sign Border Security Agreement

The African Union says north and south Sudan have signed an agreement to create a demilitarized border zone and a joint diplomatic effort to maintain stable relations.The AU said in a statement Tuesday the two sides agreed to the jointly monitored and patrolled border zone after a meeting Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The north and south...

Protesters Absent as Ethiopia Marks Anniversary of Meles Rule

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have turned out in Addis Ababa’s main square to mark Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s 20th anniversary in power.  A “day of rage” counterdemonstration planned by democracy activists failed to materialize.The turnout at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square was a fraction of the one million predicted. And with thunder clouds...

Sudanese Envoys Meet on Abyei Crisis in Addis Ababa

Envoys from north and south Sudan are set to meet at African Union headquarters Saturday to discuss the Abyei region that was seized by northern forces a week ago, sparking a humanitarian crisis.The talks in Addis Abbas, Ethiopia, come one day after a southern Sudan official said 80,000 people have fled Abyei.  United Nations officials say tens of...

Ethiopians Celebrate 20 Years of Meles Zenawi Rule

Meskel Square is empty on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought a band of Marxist Tigrayan rebels to power in Ethiopia. Only a few workers are here setting up the sound system and stage.In a few hours, throngs of government supporters will pour into the square to celebrate the day in 1991 when the 17-year rule of the...

Ethiopian Rebels Say They Found Missing WFP Workers

Rebels in Ethiopia's Ogaden region say they have found two World Food Program (WFP) workers missing since an attack May 13.  The rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) said in a statement Thursday that it found the two WFP workers after capturing the eastern town of Galalshe from government forces.The rebels say the WFP workers had been...

Fresh Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

At least three loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, late Wednesday. Libyan government officials said the blasts were caused by NATO airstrikes that hit targets that include a vocational school. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to try to resolve Libya's political crisis are unfolding on two fronts, Thursday. The crisis - and the broader...