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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.

S.Sudan army, rebels agree joint troop deployment in capital

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's army and rebel forces have agreed to deploy joint military units in the capital, a key stage of a peace deal aimed to end nearly two years of war.

Ethiopia 'Zone 9' bloggers acquitted of terrorism

Addis Ababa - Four Ethiopian bloggers and journalists were acquitted of terrorism Friday after 18 months in jail, a case widely condemned by rights groups as an assault on press freedom.

S.Sudan helicopters attacked rebels: Ceasefire monitors

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's army used helicopter gunships to pound rebel positions, military monitors said Thursday, their first report detailing ceasefire violations since a peace deal was signed.

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.
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