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Militarization and alternative biofuel drives Ethiopian land-grab

Ethiopia buys military weapons and claims advance on Millennium Goal objectives while India and others gain large scale alternative biofuel crops and claim advance on reduction of fossil fuel dependency.

World Bank dam and foreign land-grab force out Ethiopian tribes

World Bank and China join Ethipoia's government to relocate 200,000 villagers of the Omo River and Lake Turkana Valley, UNESCO protected "Cradle of Mankind," to replace them with super-irrigation plantations and hydroelectric plants aimed at exportation.

Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

In 2010, a severe drought devasted the Eastern part of Kenya, Ethiopia and some parts of of Somalia. It created one of the most severe food security emergencies that humanity had ever seen.

South Sudan rivals agree new ceasefire deal

Addis Ababa - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar late Sunday signed a new agreement to end more than 13 months of fighting in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead.

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday backed an African Union proposal to send a regional force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria, as warplanes from Chad carried out airstrikes against the Islamists.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe named new African Union chairman

Addis Ababa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

Addis Ababa - African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force, the United Nations envoy for the Sahel region said Wednesday.

South Sudan rivals vow to end war under sanctions threat

Addis Ababa - East African nations have told South Sudan's government and rebels to halt immediately their nearly 11-month-old civil war or else face sanctions and even a regional intervention.

East Africa leaders push South Sudan peace

Addis Ababa - East African leaders met Thursday in Ethiopia to push warring South Sudanese rivals to end almost 11 months of conflict, amid renewed threats of UN sanctions.

African Union meets for Ebola crisis talks

Addis Ababa - African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting Monday to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people in west Africa.

Rights groups call for S. Sudan arms embargo to end 'atrocities'

Addis Ababa - South Sudanese rights groups demanded Thursday an international arms embargo for their conflict-wracked nation, as millions of dollars worth of newly-bought weapons fuel an almost nine-month long civil war.

AU hits back at 'skewed' world justice with African court

Addis Ababa - Complaining of bullying in the international justice arena, African leaders are forging ahead with plans to set up their own regional court -- and give themselves immunity in the process.

Ethiopian bloggers, journalists charged with 'terrorism'

Addis Ababa - A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists detained for nearly three months have been charged with terrorism for having links to an outlawed group and for planning attacks, a judge said Friday.

South Sudan bishops slam warring parties for stalling talks

Addis Ababa - Religious leaders from South Sudan on Thursday accused warring factions of stalling peace talks to prolong fighting as the government and rebels continued to boycott negotiations.

Ethiopia's cauldron of electric blue fire

Paris-based photographer Olivier Grunewald has been documenting nature and wildlife for most of his career. In 1997, he began to focus on volcanoes. His images show the world some very unusual phenomena and beautiful and haunting volcanic landscapes

Warring S.Sudan rivals sign peace deal

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's president and rebel chief signed a ceasefire deal Friday vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, under international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide.

Warring S.Sudan rivals ready for peace talks

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's president and rebel chief prepared Friday to meet for the first time since brutal civil war broke out nearly five months ago, amid international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide.
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