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Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

Posted by on 19/07/2018
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Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

Nigerian police say 8 Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some 270 girls from the town of Chibok, the Nigeria Police Force said on Wednesday. The mass abduction of girls from their school caused global outrage and drew attention to the militant group which has […]

Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Posted by on 18/07/2018
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Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Flags, flowers greet Ethiopian flight in Eritrea

Families separated by war board Ethiopian Airlines jets after 20 years ASMARA: The first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 20 years landed safely in Asmara yesterday to be greeted by dancers waving flags and flowers, cementing a stunning rapprochement that has ended a generation of hostility in a matter of days. As Ethiopian […]

Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia

Posted by on 16/07/2018
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Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia

Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia

Filled with dusty furniture that appeared untouched for years ADDIS ABABA: Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country’s embassy in Ethiopia yesterday, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves after two decades of war between the neighbors. The embassy inauguration caps Isaias’s historic visit to the Ethiopian capital aimed at cementing peace less […]

In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

New atrocities come to light each week in central Mali SEVARE: From torched villages to mass graves, new atrocities come to light each week in central Mali’s escalating conflicts. The heart of the country is becoming its deadliest region, gripped by a mutually-reinforcing mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes that are also sharpened by […]

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

ADDIS ABABA: Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki pledged to resolve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia yesterday in a historic visit to Addis Ababa aimed at cementing peace less than a week after the nations declared an end to two decades of conflict. Isaias arrived in the Ethiopian capital just five days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy […]

Families speak after 20 years as Ethiopia restores phone calls to Eritrea

Posted by on 10/07/2018
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Families speak after 20 years as Ethiopia restores phone calls to Eritrea

Families speak after 20 years as Ethiopia restores phone calls to Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA: Yesterday morning, Ethiopian mechanic Mohammed Osman placed a phone call he had dreamt of making for 20 years. He called his mother Kedija, who was expelled from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 1998 after the Horn of Africa neighbors went to war over their border. Kedija, Kedija’s mother and more than 70,000 Ethiopian citizens […]

Ethiopian reform wave rolls on, opposition ‘no longer terrorists’

Posted by on 05/07/2018
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Ethiopian reform wave rolls on, opposition ‘no longer terrorists’

Ethiopian reform wave rolls on, opposition ‘no longer terrorists’

Prison chief axed over torture allegations ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia fired its prisons chief and took three opposition groups off its “terrorist” list yesterday, the latest steps in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s bold push to shake the African giant from decades of security-obsessed rule. The sacking of the head of the prison service, along with four […]

Violence in southern Ethiopia forces more than 800,000 to flee

Posted by on 04/07/2018
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Violence in southern Ethiopia forces more than 800,000 to flee

Violence in southern Ethiopia forces more than 800,000 to flee

NAIROBI: Violence in southern Ethiopia since June has forced more than 800,000 people to flee their homes and they need food and other aid, a report by the United Nations and the government said yesterday. The inter-ethnic violence erupted in April around 400 km south of the capital and in all more than 1.2 million […]

Threats, reforms and challenges: A momentous week for Ethiopia

Posted by on 30/06/2018
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Threats, reforms and challenges: A momentous week for Ethiopia

Threats, reforms and challenges: A momentous week for Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia has capped an extraordinary week in which its new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, pushed ahead with bold reforms undeterred by a grenade attack that sparked fears of backlash by hardliners. Just three days after a blast killed two people at a rally Abiy had addressed in the heart of the capital, the […]

Nigerian villagers bury their dead after attacks, then flee

Posted by on 29/06/2018
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Nigerian villagers bury their dead after attacks, then flee

Nigerian villagers bury their dead after attacks, then flee

BARAKIN LADI: In the fields of Nghar, 79 people lie under a vast mound of earth-victims of a wider massacre that killed more than 200 in villages across Plateau state, central Nigeria. Thorny branches covering the freshly turned earth ward off scavengers from the final resting place. Last weekend, Nghar was one about a dozen […]

Eritrea leader welcomes Ethiopia PM’s olive branch, raising hopes

Posted by on 20/06/2018
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Eritrea leader welcomes Ethiopia PM’s olive branch, raising hopes

Eritrea leader welcomes Ethiopia PM’s olive branch, raising hopes

ADDIS ABABA: Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts yesterday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as “positive signals”. Speaking at a Martyrs’ Day event in the capital, Asmara, 72-year-old Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position […]

Nigeria sees a rush to get Nollywood online

Posted by on 20/06/2018
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Nigeria sees a rush to get Nollywood online

Nigeria sees a rush to get Nollywood online

LAGOS: A glamour blogger, a filmmaker and a tech mogul are competing to create a homegrown African rival to Netflix, but poor internet connections and intense competition are proving daunting obstacles. They dream of popularizing access to films made in Nigeria, which is home to the world’s second biggest movie industry in terms of production […]