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African Union to Bolster Ties with India

An official of the African Union [AU] says African heads of state and government have unanimously expressed support for stronger relations between the continental body and India. Ambassador John Kayode Shinkaiye, Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, said the continental body will continue to place high value...

UN Agency to Resume Ops in Ethiopia’s Ogaden Following Fatal Attack

The UN World Food Program (WFP) is hoping to restart operations within days in Ethiopia’s parched Ogaden region, where nearly one-third of the population is in need of assistance. Aid distribution in the Ogaden was halted after a fatal attack last Friday on a team of WFP workers.  WFP spokesman in Ethiopia Judith Schuler says there should be...

US Envoy Optimistic of Peaceful Sudan Separation

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman says he is “reasonably optimistic” that Sudanese parties can amicably resolve their remaining issues before south Sudan becomes independent on July 9. Senior officials of the north and south's ruling parties are to resume talks on the separation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.Lyman, a veteran U.S...

20 Years After Secession, Somaliland Still Seeks Recognition

The U.S. Representative of the de facto country of Somaliland says it is about time for the international community to officially recognize Somaliland as a country. This comes as Somaliland this month celebrates 20 years of its breakaway from mainland Somalia. On May 18, 1991, Somaliland seceded from Somalia. Although the United Nations has a...

Ethiopia, Rebels Trade Charges in Fatal Attack on UN Workers

Ethiopia’s government and rebels in the troubled Ogaden region are blaming each other for an attack that killed one United Nations employee, wounded another, and left two more missing.  Authorities say their investigation of the case has led to arrests, but no word on the whereabouts of the missing workers.Ethiopian government spokesman Shimelis...

Ethiopia, UN Mount Joint Search Operation for Kidnapped Aid Workers

Ethiopia and U.N. security agencies have launched a search for two aid workers apparently kidnapped in an ambush in the insurgency-wracked Ogaden region. One other worker was killed in the incident and a fourth was wounded.Details of the incident are sketchy. Officials of the U.N. World Food Program say two of their vehicles were ambushed by...

Ethiopia-Egypt Talks Yield 'New Environment' in Nile Dispute

Egypt’s prime minister says his just-completed visit to Ethiopia has opened a “whole new environment” for settlement of the longstanding dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. As he completed a two-day visit to Uganda and Ethiopia, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf signaled an end to Egypt’s tepid relations with Sub-Saharan Africa that...

Aid Groups Warn of Somalia Food Crisis

With seasonal rains failing across Somalia, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is urging immediate action to fight what they are calling one of the "worst droughts in recent memory."Since March, farmers and pastoralist communities across east Africa have been waiting for the long rains which will sustain them until the end of the...

Africa's Domestic Violence, Rapes Extend Far Beyond Congo

While a recent U.S. report has staggering statistics about ongoing mass rapes and domestic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights activists say the problem exists across Africa.  Our correspondent caught up with African lawyers who are in the United States getting advice on how to confront the situation.At a meeting in the...

Government Policies, Rivalries Negatively Affect Minority Rights in Africa

Minority Rights Group International released its annual report Thursday in which six of the top 10 countries listed in its Peoples Under Threat index are located in Africa. Group members say discriminatory government policies and long-standing rivalries over resources are the major factors that make particular ethnic groups and communities targets...

Researchers Try to Help Prevent Climate Change Conflict

Experts say climate change is contributing to more and more conflicts around the world, especially in Africa. Researchers and aid agencies say they are doing their best to help reduce this trend.At a panel discussion late Tuesday  in Washington, Jeffrey Stark from the U.S.-based Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability described a...

Ethiopia Reduces Food Rations as Prices Soar

Unusually poor rains in the Horn of Africa, compounded by a shortage of reserve food supplies, have forced Ethiopia to reduce the size of emergency rations to needy citizens. The sudden shortage of emergency supplies comes as over-the-counter food prices are soaring.Ethiopia’s emergency relief agency and international aid groups were caught off...

Study: Connection Between Corruption, Recent Revolutions

A study by Global Integrity, an international nonprofit organization, says corruption risks increased in Egypt, some Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern European nations before this year's popular uprisings that swept the region. Global Integrity Managing Director Nathaniel Heller likened corruption to a black hole when he spoke to reporters...

Journalists: Ethiopia Hijacked Press Freedom Day Conference

An Ethiopian observance of World Press Freedom Day was marred Tuesday by a walkout of independent journalists after a dispute with a rival group of state-run media employees.  It was organized as a conference on critical topics of interest to Ethiopian journalists.  But before the meeting began, staff members of Addis Ababa’s private newspapers...

Ethiopia Freezes Nile Water Treaty in Sign of Thaw With Egypt

Ethiopia has agreed to postpone ratification of a treaty on sharing Nile River water until a new Egyptian government takes office to join the negotiations. The delay eases a long-running dispute between upstream countries at the source of the Nile and downstream countries that claim historic rights to the water.Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles...