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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...

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...

Sudan's Bashir Attends Djibouti President's Inauguration

Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh has been sworn in for a third term, in a ceremony attended by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes.The International Criminal Court indicted Bashir in 2009 for alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region. An ICC arrest warrant calls for any member country he visits to arrest him....

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...

Africans React to Death of Osama bin Laden

There is mixed reaction in Africa to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Osama bin Laden's deadliest strike in Africa was the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that together killed 224 people.Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said the al-Qaida leader's death is an "act of justice" for the victims of the Nairobi bombing...

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...

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...

Aid Workers Say Child Soldiers Involved in Escalating Violence

Aid workers and observers in Somalia say an increasing number of child soldiers are being used by factions involved in the escalating violence in the country. They say most of the children are recruited or abducted by the militant Islamic group al-Shabab and suffer horrendous experiences on the battlefield.  The United Nations children's agency,...

Pirates Hijack Italian Ship

Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 21 crewmembers in pirate-infested waters near Somalia.The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates seized the bulk carrier MV Rosalia D'amato early Thursday in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Oman.It says the ship's crew includes six Italians and 15 Filipinos.  Italian officials say the...

EU Prepares Military Sea Corridor to Deliver Aid to Libya

European Union leaders are preparing a militarily-protected sea corridor to deliver aid to Libya should the situation in the North African country deteriorate to the point where humanitarian aid workers cannot help civilians caught in the crossfire. The European Union is getting ready to launch a military mission to support humanitarian aid work...

Kenya Faces Criticism Over Nationals Detained in Uganda

Pressure is mounting on the Kenyan government to seek the release of eight human rights activists being detained in Uganda in connection with the July terrorist attacks in Kampala.In the past few days, a debate has arisen in the Kenyan government over the fate of prominent rights activist Al Amin Kimathi and several suspects facing charges of...

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...

US Court Sentences Somali Pirate to 25 Years

A U.S. court has sentenced a Somali man to 25 years in prison for a pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.A federal judge in Washington sentenced Jama Idle Ibrahim on Thursday. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to commit piracy and using a firearm during a violent crime.The charges stemmed from a...

Monitors say Drought is Leading to Extreme Insecurity in Somalia

An on-going drought is deepening in the war-torn nation of Somalia, leading aid groups to issue extreme food insecurity alerts and appeals. A Somali government official issued his own appeal in Kenya's capital Tuesday, saying that many people will stand to die if aid is not forthcoming. Somalia's Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur says the...