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Life on other planets? Scientists look to Ethiopia first

Scientists have been studying extreme conditions within the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia to see if the conditions there, which mimic conditions on other worlds, could predict life on certain planets.

Ethiopia ethnic violence kills 14, aid groups targeted

Gambela - Clashes between different ethnic groups in west Ethiopia have left 14 dead, while UN and MSF offices were targeted by angry protesters, local security service sources said.

South Sudan rebel chief misses deadline to return

Gambela - South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar missed an international deadline to return to Juba on Saturday to become vice-president under a peace deal hoped to end war, claiming the government denied permission.

Death toll tops 200 in cross-border Ethiopia raid

Addis Ababa - More than 200 people were killed and over 100 children abducted by armed men from South Sudan in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia, the country's leader said.

Gripped by drought, Ethiopia drills for water

- With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in decades, the government has appealed for aid to help 10 million people living in Africa's second most-populous nation.

South Sudan gunmen kill 140 in raid into Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Armed men from South Sudan have killed around 140 people and kidnapped a number of others in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government said Sunday.Ethnic Murle gunmen on Friday "attacked near Gambella and killed close to 140 people.

Fear stalks Ethiopia's Oromia region after brutal crackdown

Addis Ababa - Fear is so pervasive in Ethiopia's largest region Oromia, where the government is accused of killing scores in a crackdown, that people don't even like to give their names.

Ethiopian lions rediscovered in Alatash

Addis Ababa - Conservationists announced Monday the "amazing discovery" of a previously unknown lion population in a remote northwestern region of Ethiopia, confirming local reports with camera trap photographs for the first time.

South Sudan troops suffocated 50 people in container: Monitors

Addis Ababa - South Sudan government troops killed about 50 people by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, ceasefire monitors said in a report noting the latest atrocities in two years of war.

African Union buckles as Burundi force blocked by government refusal

Addis Ababa - African leaders failed on Sunday to authorise a proposed peacekeeping force to stem violence in Burundi in the face of vehement opposition from the government in Bujumbura.

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit aiming to end armed crises across the continent.

African Union threatens Burundi sanctions

Addis Ababa - The African Union on Wednesday threatened to sanction Burundi's rival factions if they failed to attend peace talks next month, as it pushes the government to accept a peacekeeping force.

Blood and terror in Ethiopia as protests sweep the streets

Kuyu - Two lifeless bodies lay on the ground as the terrified crowd, armed only with sticks against gun-toting Ethiopian security forces, fled the fierce crackdown on protesters.

African Union to send 5,000-strong force to troubled Burundi

Addis Ababa - The African Union will send a 5,000 strong force to stop violence in troubled Burundi, giving Bujumbura a four-day deadline to agree but warning it would send troops anyway.

African Union agrees in principle to send troops to Burundi

Addis Ababa - The African Union has agreed to send troops to stop violence in Burundi, a senior official said Friday, after talks in which the 54-member bloc warned it would not allow "another genocide".

African Union warns it will not allow 'genocide' in Burundi

Addis Ababa - The African Union said Thursday it would not allow genocide to take place in Burundi as the UN ordered a probe into widespread abuses and warned of looming civil war.

Burundi 'genocide' will not be allowed to happen: African Union

Addis Ababa - The African Union said violence in Burundi must end, warning it would not allow a genocide to take place, the 54-member bloc said on Thursday.

Ethiopia mosque grenade attack leaves at least 17 injured

Addis Ababa - At least 17 people were injured when a grenade was thrown into the main mosque in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa after Friday prayers, a government spokesman said Saturday.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

Burundi crisis poses 'devastating' risk for region: AU

Addis Ababa - The African Union has warned of its "deep concern" for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.
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