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South Sudan warring parties agree ceasefire: AU chair

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's government and several armed groups on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire from December 24, the latest push to end a devastating four year war in the country."This is an encouraging first step.

EU urges probe after dozens killed in Ethiopia clashes

Addis Ababa - The European Union called Wednesday for an independent probe into clashes between two of Ethiopia's largest ethnic groups, which officials say left at least 61 dead last week alone.

To keep girls in school, Ethiopians open up about menstruation

- There's one room at the Sheno primary school in rural Ethiopia that's different from all the others, starting with the sign over the door reading: "Menstruation is a gift from God.

Ethiopian migrant turns perilous journey into film

Addis Ababa - Zekarias Mesfin spent months making a movie about his dangerous illegal migration from Ethiopia -- and when he arrived at the film's premiere, he was in a coffin carried by six white-gloved pallbearers.Not that Zekarias, 33, was dead.

Ethiopians gather for religious festival marred by bloodshed

Bishoftu - A year ago Firommisa Darasa barely made it out of Ethiopia's Irreecha festival alive, managing to escape from a deep ditch where dozens perished.The tragedy happened after police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters, sparking a stampede.

'Hundreds' dead in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Clashes that erupted in Ethiopia this month between two of the country's largest ethnic groups have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands, the government said Monday.

Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

Addis Ababa - After representing Eritrea in cycling tournaments across Africa, Daniel Teklay took a journey of a different sort last year when he escaped across his country's militarised border to a new life as a refugee.

Moo-gabe's gift: Zimbabwe leader sells cows to fund AU

Addis Ababa - As the African Union struggles to get members to pay dues, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe took the bull by the horns and sold his own cattle for a sizeable donation to the body.

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

- The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised".

German FM says Libya camps no solution to migrant woes

Addis Ababa - Germany will not back a proposal establishing camps in Libya to corral migrants heading for Europe, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday at the African Union's headquarters.

Ethiopian band wins fans by melding rock with African sounds

Addis Ababa - At a hotel in Addis Ababa well-known for hosting jazz greats, thousands of fans lined up on a Saturday night to headbang along with what is still a rarity in Ethiopia's diverse music scene -- a rock band.

Eritrea slams US sanctions after North Korea military deal

Addis Ababa - Eritrea has criticised the United States for slapping "misguided" sanctions on its navy, a month after it emerged the secretive Horn of Africa nation tried to buy military equipment from North Korea.

Desperate choice of Ethiopia landslide survivor: run or die

Addis Ababa - One minute, Zemed Derib stood negotiating with her precocious siblings who had locked themselves inside their uncle's home as a prank.The next, the playful scene gave way to horror as the hillside of the rubbish dump above them collapsed.

Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113

Addis Ababa - The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump in the capital Addis Ababa climbed to 113 on Wednesday, among them many women and children.

Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72

Addis Ababa - The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump reached 72 on Tuesday as the country's parliament declared three days of national mourning, a government minister told AFP.

Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46

Addis Ababa - At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby.

.africa joins the internet

Addis Ababa - In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent.

Morocco's king hails 'return home' to AU after 33 years

Addis Ababa - "I am finally home," King Mohammed VI said Tuesday as the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of Western Sahara for another day.

African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

Addis Ababa - The African Union decided Monday to allow Morocco back in the fold after a 33-year absence, despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara.

Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat named AU chief

Addis Ababa - Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was named Monday as the new AU Commission chairperson, beating four others to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, diplomats told AFP.
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