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IRC Africa Denies Ethiopia's Ogaden Permission to Resume Operation

Ethiopia has denied the International Committee of the Red Cross permission to resume humanitarian operations in the restive Ogaden region. ICRC workers were expelled from the Ogaden nearly four years ago for allegedly aiding members of a separatist group, a charge they strongly deny.  ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger says talks with Ethiopian...

Aid Ship Reaches Libyan Rebel-Held Port

An international aid ship has docked in Libya's rebel-held port of Misrata after NATO airstrikes helped stop a bombardment of the area by pro-government forces. The International Organization for Migration says relief workers began rescuing refugees from the besieged western port and unloading humanitarian aid after the ship pulled into Misrata on...

Somalia Government Postpones Elections to 2012

With its mandate set to expire in less than four months, the Somali government has decided to postpone national elections until 2012. On August 20, the original mandate bestowed to Somalia's transitional government by the international community will run out.  The besieged government was given seven years to deliver a new constitution and national...

Africa's Governments Confront Social Media Protests

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Uganda Communications Commission for ordering telecom companies to block access to social networking websites.  The order came earlier this month as activists were planning protests against higher prices and corruption. The commission said it took the action to reduce the threat of violence....

Ethiopia Declines to Respond to US Rights Charges

Ethiopia has ended its practice of formally responding to the annual U.S. human rights report, as it has done the past two years. A statement said the government views the Congressionally-mandated report with contempt, and has no plans to answer the charges. The most recent State Department report paints a troubling picture of human rights...

Wheat Rust Threatening Crops in Africa, Asia and Mideast

Scientists met this week to discuss an aggressive new strain of wheat rust disease that has the potential to devastate crops in many parts of the world. It’s been found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Uzbekistan. A meeting has just concluded in Aleppo, Syria, where experts made recommendations to stop the spread of the disease...

Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Say 'Enough'; Demand Regime Change

An Eritrean exile group has held simultaneous rallies in Addis Ababa and refugee camps in northern Ethiopia demanding the ouster of Eritrea’s government. The demonstrations coincide with Ethiopia’s recent switch to a more hardline approach toward its northern rival.More than 600 Eritrean refugees met at an Addis Ababa hotel Wednesday, all wearing...

Inflation, Drought Deal Ethiopia a Double Blow

Ethiopia has been dealt a double setback with word that inflation is rising rapidly at a time when drought is threatening crops and adding to the numbers of people needing food aid. Ethiopia’s Central Statistical Agency Friday announced the consumer price index was 25 percent higher in March than a year ago. That follows a 16.5 percent increase in...

Ethiopia Sells Cooking Oil, Sugar to Correct 'Market Failure'

Ethiopia’s government has begun selling some basic food items directly to consumers after imposing price controls that created shortages in the marketplace. Long lines are becoming a regular sight in Addis Ababa as people queue at government shops for sugar and edible oil.Tesfanesh Zewde stood in line for more than an hour in the hot sun this week...

Little Hope for Talks on Somali Government Transition

With the mandate of Somalia’s transitional government nearing an end, the United Nations has convened a conference in Nairobi to discuss the future of the Horn of Africa nation. But with some major stakeholders absent, observers expect little progress. International diplomats, government ministers, armed groups and politicians at the conference...

Ethiopian Prime Minister Vows to Fight Domestic, External Threats

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi issued a blunt warning to opposition groups he says are trying to organize a people’s revolution.  Mr. Meles on Tuesday accused the largest opposition coalition of serving as a cover for an outlawed rebel group.In a nationally televised session of parliament, Mr. Meles had harsh words for the domestic...

ECOWAS Promises Gbagbo Safe Exit

The West African bloc ECOWAS says it will ensure that Laurent Gbagbo gets a "safe and dignified exit" if he decides to give up power in Ivory Coast.In a statement Tuesday, ECOWAS renewed its call for the embattled leader to yield power to Alassane Ouattara, who most countries recognize as the winner of last November's election.ECOWAS said Gbagbo...

Obama Meets With New Sudan Envoy

President Barack Obama met at the White House on Friday with his new special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, amid mounting concerns about stability and security in the transition to independence for South Sudan on July 9. The president underscored his "serious concerns" about the situations in the oil-rich region of Abyei, and in Darfur. A White...

US Names New Sudan Envoy Amid Concern Over Abyei

The Obama administration on Thursday named veteran diplomat Princeton Lyman as its new special envoy for Sudan.  The announcement came amid growing U.S. concern about tensions in Sudan’s central Abyei region that threaten the country’s north-south peace process.  Lyman came out of retirement last year to become the administration’s advisor on...

Conference Pushes Sharing of Africa Climate Data

The African continent is dotted with weather stations busy collecting data on rainfall, temperature wind conditions, and so forth. When this meteorological information is widely shared, it helps government policymakers and health professionals predict, prevent or mitigate weather-influenced diseases such as malaria, meningitis and plague. The...