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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. ...

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...

Ethiopia passes law to start national dialogue commission

Dec. 29, 2021 12:45 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a bill to establish a commission for national dialogue, amid international pressure for negotiations to end the 13-month conflict in the Tigray region. The Federal Parliamentary Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor on...

Kenyan, South African presidents urge cease-fire in Ethiopia

Nov. 23, 2021 09:35 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have called for increased cooperation to bring peace to conflict-ridden regions in Africa, at the start of the Kenyan leader's two-day state visit to South Africa. ...

US warns pilots of weapon fire as war nears Ethiopia capital

Nov. 18, 2021 10:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States is warning pilots that planes operating at one of Africa’s busiest airports could be “directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire” as Ethiopia’s war nears the capital, Addis Ababa. The...

Top US envoy appeals for preservation of democracy in Africa

Nov. 17, 2021 16:57 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday appealed for the preservation of democracy in politically and ethnically fractured societies as he began his first official visit to Africa amid worsening crises in Ethiopia and Sudan. In a...

Blinken to Africa to boost US response to regional crises

Nov. 16, 2021 13:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration’s competition with China for influence didn’t get off to a great start in Africa. In August, the top U.S. diplomat planned a visit, only to postpone it because of the turmoil in Afghanistan that preoccupied Washington....

People fleeing Ethiopia allege attacks, forced conscription

Nov. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new round of deadly attacks and forced conscription has begun against ethnic Tigrayans in an area of Ethiopia now controlled by Amhara regional authorities in collaboration with soldiers from neighboring Eritrea, people fleeing over the border to Sudan tell The...

AP PHOTOS: 'If they die, we all die': Drought kills in Kenya

Nov. 07, 2021 03:25 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The withered carcasses of livestock are reminders that drought has descended yet again in northern Kenya, the latest in a series of climate shocks rippling through the Horn of Africa. As world leaders address a global climate summit in Glasgow,...

Ethiopia compares Tigray forces to 'rat' as war marks 1 year

Nov. 04, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's government marked a year of war by lashing out Thursday in response to international alarm about hate speech, comparing the rival Tigray forces to “a rat that strays far from its hole” and saying the country is close to “burying the evil forces." ...