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South Sudan rebel chief orders ceasefire

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar ordered his troops to lay down their arms in line with a ceasefire to end a 20-month civil war, his spokesman said Saturday.

S.Sudan rebels question government commitment to peace deal

Addis Ababa - A peace deal aimed at ending 20 months of civil war in South Sudan was given a cautious welcome Thursday, but rebels condemned government reservations that undermine fundamental parts of the accord.

South Sudan govt refuses to sign peace as sanction deadline ends

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's government refused to sign a peace deal with rebels Monday despite the threat of international sanctions, but will return to finalise an agreement within 15 days, mediators said.

South Sudan rivals hold peace talks on deadline day

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's warring rivals were locked in peace talks Monday in a bid to broker a deal to end 20 months of civil war, the last day to reach a deal to avoid possible sanctions.

East African leaders meet as South Sudan peace deadline looms

Addis Ababa - East African leaders met in Ethiopia on Sunday ahead of a deadline for South Sudan's warring leaders to strike a peace deal or risk international sanctions.

Burundi crisis poses 'catastrophic' risk for region

Addis Ababa - The African Union warned Sunday of potential "catastrophic consequences" for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.

S.Sudan government to continue peace talks, but not president

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's government said Saturday it would continue with peace talks to end a 20-month civil war, but without President Salva Kiir attending, his spokesman said.

Little progress in South Sudan peace talks: Government

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's rival forces have made little if any progress at talks on ending the country's civil war, the government has warned, despite intense international pressure for a deal ahead of an August 17 deadline.

Warring South Sudan rivals restart peace talks

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's rival forces began peace talks on Thursday, as international pressure mounts ahead of an August 17 deadline to strike a deal to end 19 months of civil war.

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Addis Ababa - Barack Obama condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption", in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Addis Ababa - US President Barack Obama on Monday praised key African ally Ethiopia for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record.

Obama opens talks in Ethiopia, set to make South Sudan peace push

Addis Ababa - Barack Obama opened talks in Ethiopia on Monday during the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union.

Obama begins Ethiopia, African Union visit

Addis Ababa - US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa's second most populous nation.

Obama to wade into South Sudan peace drive

Addis Ababa - US President Barack Obama will on Monday try to build African support for tough action against South Sudan's warring leaders if they reject an August peace ultimatum, US officials said.

Eritrea calls for UN probe into 'abhorrent' people smuggling

Addis Ababa - Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state.

World on way to 'generation free of AIDS', says UN chief

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago."The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the...

UN chief says world on way to 'generation free of AIDS'

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35-percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago.

Key global development summit to open in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - World leaders are meeting in Ethiopia's capital from Monday for a development financing summit presented as crucial for United Nations efforts to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030.

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

- Three decades ago, the world looked on in horror at images of dying famine victims in Ethiopia, as musicians led the giant global fundraising concert, Live Aid.

Early human ancestors were not alone

Scientists believe they have discovered a new species that could change the human family tree. The species may have lived during the same time period of the famous 'Lucy' fossil.
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