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Ethiopia Offers Olive Branch in Nile Water Sharing Dispute

Ethiopia is offering Egypt and Sudan an olive branch in their bitter dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. The offer includes possible joint ownership of a huge Ethiopian hydropower project that Egypt has tried to block.Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi launched a furious attack Friday on powerful interests seeking to prevent...

Egypt Favors Pragmatic Solution to Nile Water Sharing, Says Analyst

Water use issues have long been a source of contention among the Nile Basin countries, which disagree over the distribution of the river’s waters. For decades, the allocation has been determined by an agreement that’s been re-negotiated recently and that could alter the historic water-sharing arrangements for the Nile. The new accord, the...

Libya Conflict Could Create Crisis to the South, Analysts Say

Libya's southern neighbors appear ill-equipped to deal with the wave of refugees, mercenaries, and unemployed men that analysts fear is likely to come from the fighting in Libya.  The Niger desert town of Dirkou sits more than 1,600 kilometers due south of Libya's coastline where rebels are fighting with Western support to oust Libyan leader...

Nile River Countries Consider Cooperative Framework Agreement

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven upstream countries...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

Somali Government Future Clouded As Mandate Nears Expiration

With the end of the mandate for the Transitional Federal Government looming, the Somali political structure is in disarray over questions of legitimacy and leadership in the war-torn country. Established in 2004 and backed by the United Nations, the TFG was originally tasked to deliver national elections and a new constitution by August of this...

Ethiopian Economy Counting on Perks of Coffee Trade

Some of the world’s finest specialty coffees come from Africa, and now some African countries are looking at ways to make sure the perks of the lucrative coffee trade are not limited to coffee connoisseurs.Morning at a coffee shop in Washington and the grind is on.Only these customers are not buying just any coffee.  They are buying expensive,...

Uganda, Burundi Pledge Additional 4,000 Troops in Somalia

As pro-government troops continue their push to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, Uganda and Burundi have pledged additional troops to reinforce the African Union peacekeeping mission.It has been slightly more than a month since the Somali government launched an offensive against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-...

NATO Takes Command of Libya No-Fly Zone

NATO member states have agreed to assume command of a no-fly zone over Libya, and are considering whether to take on broader responsibilities outlined in two U.N. Security Council resolutions.NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday the alliance's operation will begin in the next three days, and will proceed alongside the bombing...

Coalition Forces Pound Libya as AU Brokers Talks

Coalition forces carried out strikes against pro-government targets in Libya on Thursday, as the African Union announced it is hosting talks aimed at trying to halt the fighting. Turkey's parliament Thursday authorized the country's government to participate in NATO military operations in Libya. The only Muslim member of the Western alliance,...

California Congressman Returns to Ethiopian Roots

A California congressman and his wife are in Ethiopia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps at the place where they served as volunteers in the 1960s.  The anniversary has revived memories of the Peace Corps’ key role in ending a war that killed 70,000 peopleJohn Garamendi leans back in his chair as he recalls the life he and his...

Ethiopia Accused of Detaining Activists to Deter Uprising

Ethiopia has detained dozens of political activists as part of what opposition groups say is a crackdown aimed at preventing a North African or Middle Eastern style popular uprising. Our correspondent in Addis Ababa says the crackdown is focused on the politically sensitive Oromia region, home to more than one third of the country’s population....

EU Seeks Benchmarks in Extension of Somali Government

As the Somali government attempts to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, the European Union is shifting its support and demanding results from the transitional leaders.European Union officials are in East Africa to assess the situation on Somalia and evaluate the EU's support of the troubled transitional federal government...

Several African Leaders Criticize Air Attacks in Libya

South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the Western-led bombings of Libyan military installations must not target civilians. Zuma was one of several African leaders who criticized the bombings, which were meant to establish a no-fly zone in Libyan air space. South African President Jacob Zuma called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya...

Ethiopia Advocates Overthrow of Eritrean Government

Ethiopia has announced a change in its foreign policy to actively advocate the overthrow of the government in neighboring Eritrea. In a series of interviews during the past week, Ethiopian officials have told of a switch in policy on Eritrea from defensive to proactive. News agencies quoted Ethiopean Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as telling an...