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Ethiopia protests: ‘Nearly 100 killed’ in Oromia and Amhara

Nearly 100 people were killed in the weekend's protests in Ethiopia as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country, Amnesty International says. The rights group says the most deadly incident happened in Bahir Dar, where at least 30 people died on Sunday. The authorities have said seven died in Bahir Dar and that security forces were reacting to violence from protesters. Ther ...

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Tens of thousands of protesters call for a regime change in Ethiopia

Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Gonder in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia on Sunday demanding a change of government due to the unfair distribution of wealth in the country. The protest, reported to have been staged in defiance of a government order, is also in solidarity with the Oromia protests held between November last year to March 2016 in opposition to a government d ...

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Somalia’s long-term peace at risk over Amisom funding cut. Foreign minister tells UN

Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed says the international community should continue funding African Union forces in Somalia if it wants lasting peace in the region. In a speech delivered at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Ms Mohamed argued funding cuts announced by the European Union to the Somali mission go against efforts of stabilising the continent. “It is important that we continue funding A ...

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Eritrea blames Ethiopia for heavy fighting in the border

Eritrea has accused Ethiopia of launching an attack at the countries' heavily-militarised border. Ethiopia has not commented on the reported fighting in the Tsorona area, about half-way along the frontier. Residents on the Ethiopian side of the border reported hearing gunfire and seeing a large movement of troops and artillery towards the border. A peace deal in 2000 ended the countries' two-year war but it ...

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Uganda 2010 bombing mastermind found guilty

Twin suicide blasts claimed by Al-Shabaab and targeting football fans at a restaurant and a rugby club killed 76 people. The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab that killed 76 people in Kampala was found guilty on Thursday of masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades. Twin suicide blasts claimed by Somalia's Al-Shabaab targeted football fans watching the W ...

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Kenya threatens to pull troops out of Somalia

Kenya may withdraw its troops from Somalia if the international community does not plug funding gaps for the operation, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned. At a meeting with envoys from the UN Security Council on Friday, the President told the diplomats that funding cuts to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) will not be filled by participating countries. “As one of Amisom’s major troop contribut ...

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Kenya drawing up timetable to close refugee camp for Somalis

NAIROBI - Somalis because of security concerns, the interior minister said on Wednesday, after the United Nations urged the East African nation to reconsider such a move. The East African nation, which has suffered from a spate of Islamist attacks claimed by the Islamist Somali group al Shabaab, has set up a taskforce to handle the closure plan, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said. "They will present th ...

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Uganda mulls troops pull out from Somalia. Officials

Uganda's army is carrying out a review of its deployment in peacekeeping missions in Somalia and the Central African Republic which could see its troops withdrawn. According to army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, a special committee has been constituted and its recommendations will be followed. This is not the first review but it is the first time a withdrawal has been considered. A highly placed source wh ...

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Kenya says arrests key member of ISIS group plotting attacks

NAIROBI  - Kenyan police have arrested a suspected key member of an Islamist militant group that was plotting attacks similar to one in 2013 on the Westgate shopping mall that killed at least 67 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Militant attacks mostly by al Shabaab militants from neighboring Somalia have increased in recent years in Kenya, which has a large Muslim population concentrated mostly along it ...

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Ethiopia: Armed group kills more than 140 near South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — An Ethiopian official says that armed groups have killed more than 140 civilians near Ethiopia's border with South Sudan. The attackers came from South Sudan and killed civilians, including women and children, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia's communications minister, told the Associated Press on Saturday. "The Ethiopian defense force is currently chasing after the perpetrators," said Reda, ...

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