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'Total bloodbath': Witnesses describe Ethiopia ethnic attack

Jun. 25, 2022 03:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The heavily armed men appeared around the small farming village in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, frightening residents already on edge after recent clashes between government troops and rebels. “The militants assured us that they will not touch us. They said...

EU calls on Ethiopia to reconnect Tigray region to the world

Jun. 21, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The European Union says Ethiopia’s government must reconnect its northern Tigray region to the world as a yearlong partial blockade has left food aid for almost 1 million hungry people stuck in warehouses without the fuel to deliver it. Janez...

China's 1st Horn of Africa envoy offers to mediate in region

Jun. 20, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — China’s first special envoy to the Horn of Africa on Monday offered to mediate in disputes in the region as Beijing seeks to strengthen its influence and protect its investments from conflict. “I myself am ready to provide mediation efforts for the...

35 children die in Ethiopia's Afar amid drought, conflict

Jun. 09, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 35 children have died in recent weeks due to drought and conflict in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region, according to a local hospital and the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. The announcement Thursday came days after a government minister...

Ethiopia launches crackdown on journalists and activists

May. 23, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security officials are conducting a massive operation across the country that has led to the arrests of more than 4,500 people in one region alone. The crackdown on journalists, activists and others, dubbed a “law enforcement operation,” came into effect after...

Ethiopian peacekeepers from Tigray seek asylum in Sudan

Apr. 29, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some Tigrayan troops have refused to return home after serving as peacekeepers in the disputed Abyei region on the border between Sudan and South Sudan because they fear for their safety, according to the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopian military in a...

UN rejects Ethiopian attempt to deny funds for Tigray probe

Mar. 31, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s powerful budget committee rejected an attempt by Ethiopia on Thursday to deny funding for an investigation of human rights violations in the war between Ethiopian government forces and fighters from the country’s northern Tigray region. A brief...

Ethiopia urged to uphold press freedom and release reporter

Mar. 28, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Ethiopia is being urged to uphold its international commitments to the freedoms of expression and the press by releasing journalists it has imprisoned. Two lawmakers in the U.S. Congress — Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Mary Gay Scanlon of...