SomaliPress.com

Ethiopia

Ethiopia Revokes License of US Adoption Agency

Ethiopia has revoked the license of an American adoption agency, accusing it of child trafficking. The agency has responded sharply, charging it is the victim of government retaliation. Ethiopia’s Charities and Societies Agency has notified the Minnesota-based Better Future Adoptions Services that its license to operate in the country has been...

Ethiopia Seeks to Keep Trade Restrictions While Joining WTO

Ethiopia is asking to join the World Trade Organization without meeting WTO standards for liberalizing key sectors of its economy. The move is an attempt to kick-start Ethiopia’s WTO accession process, which has been stalled for seven years.Senior World Trade Organization officials joined a delegation from Ethiopia’s Trade Ministry this week for a...

ECOWAS Spokesman: Divisions Undermine Ivorian Peace Efforts

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed concern that growing divisions among African leaders are undermining the sub-regional body’s efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis in Ivory Coast. Sonny Ugoh, communications director of ECOWAS, said his organization is consulting with its international partners to...

Ethiopia Says 2.8 Million People Need Emergency Food Aid

Ethiopia’s government estimates 2.8 million people will need emergency food aid this year, down sharply from a year ago. Nearly 40 percent of the severe malnutrition cases are reported in the sparsely populated, but insurgency-wracked Somali region.The good news is that the number of Ethiopians in danger of severe malnutrition has dropped from 5.2...

Analyst Sees Continued Deadlock between Somali Rebels and Government as “catastrophic”

It has been twenty years since Somalia had a functioning government that controlled the whole country.  The ouster of Mohammed Said Barre in 1991 led to a descent into chaos and the rule of clan warlords.   Their rivalry eventually led to the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the birth of the Al Shabab movement.  As a consequence,  the country has...

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...

Human Rights Activists Critical of Obiang AU Nomination

Human rights activists are expressing outrage at the selection of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang as the new rotating head of the African Union.  They say the choice of a former coup leader comes at a very bad time, with two dozen African countries holding elections this year. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch and the Senegal-based African...

Prime Minister Disputes Key Nominations in Kenyan Judiciary

Controversy is again raging in Kenya’s coalition government after the prime minister rejected key judicial appointments he says were made behind his back. In recent months, Kenya's government has received sharp criticism for the pace at which it had put in place provisions of the new constitution. But the implementation of Kenya’s new constitution...

African Union Names Heads-of-State Panel to Deal with Ivory Coast Crisis

The African Union has named five heads of state to work toward resolution of Ivory Coast's political crisis. The African Union says it expects the panel to complete its work within one month.The leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, South Africa and Tanzania will work alongside the current head of the African Union and the leader of the...

African Leaders Urged to Listen to Peer Review Advice

A participant in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which promotes good governance on the continent, told VOA the process continues to function. The APRM was started in 2003 to encourage conformity among participating African countries with regards to democracy, political, economic and socio-economic governance. Some have suggested it has...

African Union Summit Opens, Focus on Security

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a 2-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman...

AU Summit to Focus on Security Concerns

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a two-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, beginning Sunday, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping says...

Southern Sudanese Expats Return Home to Help Rebuild

As southern Sudan tries to re-build its institutions, infrastructure and services following decades of conflict, it faces a severe shortage of skilled professionals. Some help, however, is coming from southern Sudanese who have returned home after years abroad. William Deng Deng is a tall man who looks older than his 45 years.  He is one of the...

Rival Ivory Coast Governments Lobby for Support Before AU Summit

Ivory Coast's rival presidents are working to secure international support for their competing governments ahead of this weekend's African Union summit in Ethiopia. A power struggle that has played out on the streets of Abidjan, the halls of the regional central bank, and the international cocoa market now moves to the African Union summit where...

ICC in Nairobi as Kenya Looks to African Union for Trial Deferment

As an African Union summit that could sanction Kenya's non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) begins, the international community is bearing down on Kenya as signatories to the Rome Statute arrive to gauge the country's commitment to the court. The African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being anxiously watched by...