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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 […]

Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

Posted by on 18/06/2018
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Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

ILESA: Locals have always known that a vast deposit of gold sits underneath the cocoa trees and towering thickets of bamboo in the tropical jungle of Osun state in southwest Nigeria. The country’s focus on oil has meant the gold has been ignored for decades. But the government is now looking to revive the moribund […]

Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia yesterday cut short a state of emergency imposed after the resignation of the former prime minister, a move hailed as a positive sign the new government is breaking with the past. Parliament voted to lift the six-month decree early, citing the country’s “relative stability and calm” since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took […]

Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

Posted by on 04/06/2018
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Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

POC3 CAMP, Juba: Having twice escaped the clutches of South Sudanese rebels who forced him to fight with them, Puok Barar, a grinning 16-year-old in rubber flip-flops decorated with the word “LOVE”, has already confronted many of his worst fears. But in the PoC3 camp for people uprooted by violence and conflict, encircled by a […]

35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

Posted by on 03/06/2018
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35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

TUNIS: The bodies of 35 migrants have been recovered off Tunisia’s southern coast, the country’s defense ministry said yesterday, revising upwards an earlier government death toll. As of 1:00 pm, “35 bodies were recovered and 68 migrants rescued,” said Rachid Bouhoula, a spokesman for the ministry. The interior ministry reported a distress call on Saturday […]

Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

Posted by on 21/05/2018
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Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

CAPE TOWN: A South African judge yesterday found a man guilty of killing his wealthy parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack that also left his sister severely injured. Henri van Breda, 23, had denied murdering his 21-year-old brother Rudi and parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and leaving his sister Marli struggling with […]

‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

Posted by on 15/05/2018
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‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

PAICHO, Uganda: At the entrance to a round mud and elephant-grass hut in rural northern Uganda, Rose Lamwaka, 58, pauses and looks up at the ceiling of her new dwelling as if she cannot quite believe it is really there. After her old home was burned down in a fire, a group of 15 local […]