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Russia and China block UN support for sanctions on Mali

Jan. 11, 2022 22:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday from supporting new sanctions on Mali for its military leaders’ decision to delay next month’s elections until 2026, a blow to the restoration of democracy in the troubled West African nation. ...

Kenya has widespread power cut after tower collapse

Jan. 11, 2022 08:19 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s only electricity distribution company says it's restoring power to parts of the country after a widespread blackout in East Africa’s economic hub after towers collapsed on a major transmission line. Kenya Power said in a statement on Tuesday that...

Ethiopian drone strike kills 17 on day of Biden-Abiy call

Jan. 11, 2022 05:11 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An Ethiopian drone strike has killed 17 civilians in the country’s Tigray region on the day that President Joe Biden during a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed concern about such attacks in the ongoing war, local authorities say. A report by the...

Tigray forces say Ethiopian airstrike kills 56 civilians

Jan. 08, 2022 12:11 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An airstrike in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has killed at least 56 people at a camp for displaced people, a spokesman for the Tigray forces said Saturday, as the country's war continues despite the government's talk of reconciliation. “Another...

Ethiopia grants amnesty to high-profile political detainees

Jan. 07, 2022 16:13 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Friday announced an amnesty for some of the country’s most high-profile political detainees, including opposition figure Jawar Mohammed and senior Tigray party officials, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke of reconciliation for Orthodox...

UN: Airstrike in Ethiopia kills 3 refugees, including kids

Jan. 07, 2022 05:59 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says an airstrike has killed three Eritrean refugees, two of them children, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region amid the country’s war. A statement the agency issued overnight did not say who carried out the airstrike that hit the...

US says Horn of Africa envoy stepping down 'in coming days'

Jan. 06, 2022 15:00 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday its special envoy to the Horn of Africa will end his appointment “in the coming days” after a year marked by deadly crises in Ethiopia and Sudan. Envoy Jeffrey Feltman plans to step down shortly after his current...

China to appoint Horn of Africa envoy amid Ethiopia crisis

Jan. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — China’s foreign minister says his country will appoint a special envoy to the Horn of Africa region, where Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region and Somalia is in the grip of a political crisis caused by a long-delayed election. ...

Report: Ethiopia detains many Tigrayans deported from Gulf

Jan. 05, 2022 04:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Ethiopia have arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared thousands of ethnic Tigrayans who recently were deported from Saudi Arabia, a new Human Rights Watch report says as the country’s deadly Tigray conflict continues. This is the latest...

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey dies at 77

Jan. 02, 2022 13:30 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, known for his fossil-finding and conservation work in his native Kenya, has died at 77, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Sunday evening. The cause of death was not announced. Leakey, the son of...