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IGAD chief mediator insists rebels signed ceasefire matrix

ADDIS ABABA – The chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has insisted that SPLM In Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite […]

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Kenya bars travellers from Ebola-hit nations

Borders closed to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in effort to contain deadly epidemic. Kenya is closing its borders to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, the government has announced. Kenya Airways also announced that it would suspend its flights to Freetown and […]

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S. Sudan accuses Ethiopia of “arming” rebels

Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers at Jonglei’s Bor airport in after they re-captured the town from rebel forces in January 2014 (AFP) The army chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, said there were some “unusual” movements within South Sudan’s borders, but declined to name countries allegedly involved in dealing with […]

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Malaysian plane reportedly shot down in Ukraine near Russian border

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying on Thursday. Malaysia Airlines confirmed on its Twitter feed that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 that was traveling from Amsterdam, adding that “the last known position was over Ukrainian […]

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Yemen Extradites Ethiopian Opposition Official to Addis Ababa

An exiled Ethiopian opposition leader with British citizenship, who was sentenced to death in absentia, has been extradited to Addis Ababa, according to his group. Andargachew Tsige, secretary-general of Ginbot 7 (labelled a terrorist organisation by the Ethiopian government), was arrested while in transit through Yemen last month. Britain has expressed “deep concern” about his […]

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Ethiopia’s ‘villagisation’ scheme fails to bear fruit

By William Davison, Gambella – The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes. Agulodiek is a patch of land where families gradually gathered of their […]

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Ethiopia: Ogaden and Oromo Communities Staged Worldwide Protest against Government Killings

By Ahmed Abdi – Protests and hunger strikes continue in Oslo, Toronto, Edmonton, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Portland and Melbourne to mourn those killed during the recent Oromo students peaceful demonstration by the Ethiopian Security forces. By Ahmed Abdi, CHANTING with anti-Ethiopian regime slogans, carrying signs and waving flags that represent the Independence of Oromia and Ogadenia […]

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South Sudan rivals Kiir and Machar agree peace deal

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed a peace deal after a five-month conflict. The deal calls for an immediate truce and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections. The conflict in the world’s newest state has left thousands dead […]