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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

ADDIS ABABA - A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defense minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa’s second most populous nation. Outbreaks of violence had continued in parts of the country and the government was banning protests, along with the preparation and dissemination of publications “that ...

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Miraa transporters in Kenya change route over threat from Al-Shabaab

Transporters have changed the route they use to ferry miraa from Nyambene Hills in Meru County to North-Eastern and southern Somalia due to fear of Al-Shabaab attacks. From the previous route of Maua via Garba Tula-Modogashe and Wajir road, the traders now use the Isiolo town-Marsabit and Moyale highway before getting to Mandera via Takaba and Bute. Nyambene Miraa Growers’ Association chairman Isaiah Mwambi ...

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Exclusive: U.S. suspends aid to Somalia’s battered military over graft

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month. African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties. But the United States, which also f ...

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Ethiopia Used Israeli-made Surveillance Technology to Spy on Journalists, Dissidents

Israel-based defense outfit Elbit Systems Ltd. provided the Ethiopian government with spyware software that was used to track journalists and dissidents, according to a report published Tuesday by The Citizen Lab, a laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. The report reveals a cyber campaign by Ethiopia targeting advocates of the Oromo ethnic group across 20 countr ...

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Two vehicles carrying 12 police officers escorting a bus to Mandera hit by rocket propelled grenades

Transport in Mandera County has been paralyzed after operators suspended bus services in the county for three days after Al Shabaab attacked two police vehicles on Monday evening. Al-Shabaab militants ambushed and burnt down two police land cruisers in an attack in Daba City, Mandera County on Monday. he two vehicles carrying 12 police officers were escorting a bus to Mandera when they were hit by rocket pr ...

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Kenyan opposition leader withdraws from election rerun

NAIROBI, Kenya—Opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from a rerun of Kenya’s presidential election, saying the vote wouldn’t be fair and calling for protests across the East African nation. The surprise move on Tuesday casts one of Africa’s biggest economies and most stable democracies deeper into uncertainty following a decision by its Supreme Court to annul the results of the initial poll in August, in ...

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The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled

“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government. In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortu ...

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At least 30 killed & 600 others displaced following deadly clashes between Oromo & Somali Ethnic groups in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - The federal republic of Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most daring constitutional experiments. The radical idea—that by institutionalizing ethnic divisions the country might peacefully overcome them—was a gamble from the outset. The doubters have largely been proven wrong: Ethiopia’s distinct model of ethnically-based federalism has, since it was introduced in 1995, just about worked. But a parti ...

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Kenya: Nine beheaded in suspected Al-Shabaab attack

Suspected al-Shabab fighters beheaded nine men in an overnight assault on a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Lamu, police said, days after the armed group killed three police officers in an attack on a nearby village. A witness, who asked not to be named, confirmed the death toll to Reuters news agency. "They raided Jima and Pandanguo villages and killed nine men. They were slaughtered like chicken ...

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Ethiopia: Rebel Group claims responsibility for arson at ammunition depot

An armed group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack at an ammunition depot in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Saturday. Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group fighting the Ethiopian regime from its base in Eritrea, said Saturday’s attack is part of the resistance movement carried out by its cells everywhere in Ethiopia. The fire at the Federal Police ammunition depot in the capital went for hours an ...

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