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AU says Djibouti poll 'credible' despite irregularities

Djibouti - The African Union said Sunday that Djibouti's presidential election, won by a landslide by incumbent Ismail Omar Guelleh, was "free and credible," despite opposition protests over the outcome.

Djibouti's Guelleh re-elected with landslide win

Djibouti - Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999, claimed victory on Saturday following a landslide win in an election boycotted by some opposition parties in this strategic African nation.

Strategic Djibouti votes in presidential election

Djibouti - Voters in Djibouti went to the polls on Friday, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.

Between a rock and a hard place: Safe from war, Yemenis struggle

Jibuti - Under a scorching sun, refugees who fled Yemen's war struggle on in a camp on Djibouti's rocky shores, a year after Saudi-backed air strikes began devastating their homeland.

Djibouti's Guelleh eyes fourth term win in presidential vote

Djibouti - After 17 years under his rule, few doubt Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh will fail to win a fourth term in polls next week, with a divided opposition already calling the vote a sham.

China and U.S. to both have military bases in Djibouti

Djibouti - The only permanent United States military based in Africa is Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, a small country located on the horn of Africa. The Americans will soon have new neighbours as the Chinese will also build a base in Djibouti.

Op-Ed: China — Losing in the South China Sea, winning in Africa?

With the world still reeling after the bloody Paris attacks of November 13, it’s no surprise that the flurry of international talk shops that convened in their wake went barely noticed in Western media.

Op-Ed: The hidden risks behind China’s stock market crash

Remember Japan? In the 1980s, thanks to its spectacular economic growth, Japanophobia and Japan bashing were the most popular pastimes in the U.S.

Across the 'Gate of Tears': Yemen refugees flee to Djibouti

Djibouti - Dwarfed by warships and giant cargo vessels, the small wooden boats that brave the dangerous crossing between the Horn of Africa and Yemen are a lifeline for the desperate thousands fleeing war.

Djibouti president warns of Yemen's risks to region

Djibouti - Djibouti's president has warned Yemen's civil war and a resurgent Al-Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told AFP in an interview.

China negotiating Horn of Africa military base: Djibouti president

Djibouti - China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, the president told AFP, raising the prospect of US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.

Kerry to discuss 'humanitarian pause' in Yemen with Saudi Arabia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he will be discussing with Saudi Arabia the implementation of a "humanitarian pause" in military operations in Yemen in order to facilitate aid operations."I will be there in Saudi Arabia tonight.

Kerry in Djibouti to discuss security, aid to Yemen and Somalia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti Wednesday, home to the main US military base on the continent and just across the sea from war-torn Yemen.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

Op-Ed: Lessons from the EU’s unlikely success in the war against piracy

Brussels - Remember how just a few years ago one of the most pressing issue to world peace and security seemed to be the sundry band of pirates off the coast of Somalia that was wreaking havoc across the Gulf of Aden by pillaging and plundering trade lanes?

U.S. to lease base in Djibouti for 10 years with an extension

The U.S. has negotiated a decade-long lease for a key base in Djibouti that it has long used for "counter-terrorism" operations that include drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.

Report on CIA provides evidence Djibouti was a 'black site'

Mohammad al-Asad is suing the government of Djibouti for hosting a CIA "black site". Al-Asad, a Yemeni, claims he was arrested at his home in Tanzania on Dec. 27 of 2003, blindfolded and flown to a location he insists was in Djibouti.

Kenya mentioned as complicit in CIA torture of terror suspects

Nairobi - Kenya is among 54 nations mentioned to have taken part in CIA operations that involved torture of suspected terrorists in the years subsequent to the 9/11 bombings on the US, Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, has said.

Op-Ed: Djibouti and Camp Lemonnier a hub for U.S. drone operations

The Washington Post has a long article detailing the operations at a U.S. base in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier. Drones from the base fly north to Yemen but also south to Somalia.

Op-Ed: The Ivory Coast and the end of French colonialist connivance

France’s reputation for influence-peddling and widespread corruption in Africa is nobody’s secret, but Nicolas Sarkozy's reactions to the current electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast indicate that France's shadowy African era may be coming to an end.
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