Latest East Africa News

Ethiopian airstrikes in Tigray force UN flight to turn back

Oct. 22, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in the capital of the country’s Tigray region, and a government spokesman said authorities were aware of the inbound flight. It appeared to be a sharp...

Aid workers say Ethiopian military airstrikes forced a United Nations flight to abandon its landing in Tigray's capital.

Oct. 22, 2021 07:06 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Aid workers say Ethiopian military airstrikes forced a United Nations flight to abandon its landing in Tigray's capital.

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Oct. 21, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. Now researchers have...

3rd day of Ethiopian airstrikes in capital of Tigray region

Oct. 21, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Ethiopian military struck a target near the capital of the country's Tigray region on Thursday, a government spokesman said, the third day this week of airstrikes as fighting surges after nearly a year of war. Thousands of people have been...

UN urges leaders in central Africa to help end conflicts

Oct. 20, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged leaders in central Africa’s Great Lakes region Wednesday to seize the momentum of recent positive political developments to make progress toward ending conflicts and the illegal exploitation of gold and other natural resources in...

New airstrikes hit capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region

Oct. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — New airstrikes hit the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region and another community on Wednesday, as video from Mekele showed injured people with bloodied faces being rushed to vehicles and thick black smoke rising in the sky. Ethiopia's government said it targeted...

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

Oct. 20, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella...

Credit Suisse faces penalties over Mozambique loan deals

Oct. 20, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Credit Suisse has announced settlements totaling nearly $700 million with British and U.S. authorities over lending to Mozambique state-owned companies that Swiss regulators say violated anti-money laundering rules. The Swiss financial markets authority...

Climate report: Africa's rare glaciers soon to disappear

Oct. 19, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s rare glaciers will disappear in the next two decades because of climate change, a new report warned Tuesday amid sweeping forecasts of pain for the continent that contributes least to global warming but will suffer from it most. The...

Witnesses: Ethiopian military airstrikes hit Tigray capital

Oct. 18, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian military airstrikes hit the capital of the country’s Tigray region and killed at least three people, witnesses said Monday, returning the war abruptly to the city of Mekele after several months of peace. The airstrikes came days after a...