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Ethiopia: 14 Dead, UN and Humanitarian Aid Organization Attacked in Bloody Ethnic Clash

Ethnic violence has claimed 14 lives in Gambella, western Ethiopia this weekend after the car of a non-governmental organization (NGO) struck and killed two Nuer children. According to AP, the death of the children, who are from a South Sudanese Read more ›

Ethiopia: Murle Attack Death Toll Rises from 104 to 208, 102 Children Abducted

The death toll from Friday’s attack on members of the Nuer ethnic group in Ethiopia’s Gambella province has been increased from 140 to 208. The attackers, who are reportedly members of the Murle tribe from South Sudan, allegedly also abducted Read more ›

Ethiopia: Scores Suspected Dead in Gambella Region as Anuak- Nuer Ethnic Clashes Intensify

Ethnic clashes between the Anuak and Nuer peoples in Ethiopia’s western region of Gambella has left a number of people dead. The violent conflict had reportedly been brewing since September after a murder in a neighboring district. According to Bloomberg, Read more ›

East African leaders gather in Nairobi to discuss Ebola preparedness

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — African governments are due to meet in Nairobi from Tuesday for a regional conference on Ebola preparedness, Kenya’s health ministry said on Monday. The Sept. 16-17 regional conference will be attended by ministers in charge of transport, Read more ›

China sends first combat troops to South Sudan for UN peace mission

China has agreed to send about 700 combat forces to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in the country, the government said. “We will be happy to receive 700 combat troops from the People’s Republic Read more ›

Ethiopia becomes the largest refugee host in Africa

The Star (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday. Speaking during a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards Read more ›

Tanzania to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army

The Government of Tanzania is set to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army in a bid to boost the capacity of the local forces to consolidate security in the war-torn nation. A report by Sabahi quotes the director Read more ›

Uganda & South Sudan reject calls for review of Entebbe Nile agreement

Officials from Uganda and South Sudan have expressed opposition to the suggestions of Tanzania’s foreign minister for a re-negotiation of the 2010 Comprehensive Framework Agreement on the Nile river. Bernard Kamillius Membe told Tanzanian legislators last week that he plans Read more ›

Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei, Somalia and Guinea Bissau

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously voted in three resolutions on Thursday to prolong the mandate of its peace-keeping missions in Abyei, Somalia and South Sudan. The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which was created Read more ›

South Sudan marks SPLA Day

The government and people of South Sudan have commemorated the formation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Friday, May 16th. Local sources indicate that a large crowd have convened at the Dr. John Garang Memorial Park to mark Read more ›

Kenya and China sign trade, development and cooperative agreements

Representatives of different branches of the governments of Kenya and China have penned up to 17 deals this weekend during a rare visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Nairobi. Reports indicate that the agreements cover several areas Read more ›

UN: Kony is hiding in South Sudan

The United Nations (UN) has revealed that the wanted leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, is currently hiding in a small community in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State, South Sudan. According to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Read more ›

U.S. government imposes sanctions on two South Sudanese commanders

The Government of the United States has announced sanctions against two commanders accused of human rights violations in the six-month long conflict in South Sudan. Peter Gatdet, a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) commander, and Major General Marial Chanuong, head Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebel leader agrees to meet President Kiir

The former Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has agreed to meet with President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on Friday for discussions aimed at ending the ongoing insurgency that has led to the deaths of more than a Read more ›

South Sudan: Government resumes offensive

Forces from the South Sudanese military and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have recommenced offensive campaigns in the war-torn nation on Sunday. Government and rebel forces have reportedly clashed in two locations in Upper Nile State today – Nasser and Read more ›

Special court to rule on fate of 4 South Sudanese politicians

Judges at a Special Court in Juba presiding over the trial of four South Sudanese politicians accused of treason are reportedly set to pass a ruling on the hearing following the completion of cross examination process on Wednesday. South Sudan’s Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels claim control of key oil-producing town

Rebels loyal to former South Sudanese deputy leader, Riek Machar, say they have taken over Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich Unity State. According to a spokesman for the mutineers, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, the rebels have completed a “mopping Read more ›

South Sudan to join regional railway project

South Sudan will join Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda in a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that seeks to enhance regional integration and trade. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) in charge of the project has issued a statement indicating that the African Read more ›

IGAD team officially commences monitoring of ceasefire agreement in South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development’s (IGAD) monitoring and verification teams have kicked off their operations in South Sudan. According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, the teams will be supervised by a joint technical committee made up of the warring parties Read more ›

Sudan and South Sudan leaders meet in Khartoum

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir hosted his counterpart, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, in Khartoum recently amid ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral relations in the wake of the prolonged civil war in the south. A spokesman for Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

EU-Africa Summit opens in Brussels

The 4th EU-Africa Summit kicked off yesterday in Brussels, with attendance from African and European leaders from about 80 nations. Leaders from the two continents have converged in Belgium to discuss commerce as the deadline approaches for tariff-free trade accords. Read more ›

UN: 1 million civilians displaced by conflict in South Sudan

The United Nations has reported that about one million civilians have been displaced in South Sudan since fighting erupted between government forces and rebel loyalists over 3 months ago. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Read more ›

Witnesses exonerate 4 South Sudanese Politicians from Involvement in Coup Attempt

Two prosecution witnesses in the ongoing trial against 4 members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have told the court that the politicians were not directly involved in the alleged coup d’état in December last year. According to a Read more ›

South Sudan: Rivals resume Discussions in Addis Ababa

Representatives from both sides of the divide in South Sudan are set to resume negotiations to end the almost 3-month long insurrection in the world’s youngest nation on Tuesday, March 25th. According to a statement by the Inter-governmental Authority for Read more ›

US deploys Troops and Aircrafts to Uganda

The Government of the United States of America has confirmed plans to discharge 4 CU-22 Osprey aircrafts to Uganda, as well as an additional 150 air-force personnel to man the planes. The reinforcements are expected to increase the ability of Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talk fails to resume in Addis Ababa

The dialogue between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to be re-initiated this past week as both sides continued armed battle in the war-torn nation. During the adjournment of the discussions earlier in the month, representatives of Read more ›

Judges postpone Trial of 7 South Sudanese Politicians released to Kenya

The five judge tribunal of a special court created to hear the trial of eleven South Sudanese politicians accused of complicity in the alleged coup d’état against President Salva Kiir in December last year, on Thursday, ruled for the trial Read more ›

Sudan, South Sudan to re-activate Joint Border Patrol

The defense ministers of Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday agreed to resume joint patrol of their disputed 6-mile long border. According to a report by Daily Nation, the South Sudanese Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang, who was in Khartoum this Read more ›

Eritrean Authorities deny links with South Sudanese Rebels

Eritrean officials have disclosed that the embattled country has no ties with the rebels behind the insurgency in South Sudan – headed by Riek Machar – contrary to the claims of numerous critics. A statement from the office of President Read more ›

United Nations accuses South Sudanese Security Agencies of Harassment

United Nations officials have charged the South Sudanese government of undermining the organization’s mandate through frequent “systematic and organized” harassment and violations of the rights of its staff. Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, told the Security Council in New Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels condemn Regional Leaders’ decision to deploy Forces

Rebels in South Sudan have criticized the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to send troops to the deeply desolated nation. Last week, east African leaders met in Addis Ababa and voted to deploy a regional stabilisation and Read more ›

Police clash with opposition leaves 15 injured in Burundi

Fifteen members of Burundi’s opposition party have been reportedly injured following clashes with the police late on Saturday. The Police also apprehended many other suspects at the headquarters of the MSD party. Pundits say the political wrangling in the East African Read more ›

South Sudanese High Court Summons Acquitted Political Detainees from Kenya

A High Court in South Sudan, on Wednesday, ordered the repatriation of seven political detainees released to Kenya back to Juba to stand trial. According to a report by Eye Radio Juba, the ex-state employees were summoned after the head Read more ›

Unilever to establish Manufacturing Plant in Ethiopia

Multi-national manufacturer, Unilever, has announced plans of opening a plant in Ethiopia. The consumer-product giant will open the manufacturing plant next year as part of its growth strategy in Africa, reports indicate. According to a company official, the manufacturer plans Read more ›

South Sudanese Authorities Confiscate United Nations Weapons

The government of South Sudan on Friday intercepted eleven United Nations (UN) trucks containing weapons reportedly on their way to Bentiu from Rumbek; the capital of Lake State. According to the VOA, the weapons – which had been mis-labelled as accoutrements Read more ›

South Sudanese Government Calls for Troops to Protect Vital Facilities

The government of South Sudan has reportedly submitted a request to the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) for troops to be deployed to protect vital facilities in the destabilized country as fighting continues between the army and a loose coalition Read more ›

Tanzania and Kenya to Deploy Troops to South Sudan

Top ranking government officials from Tanzania and Kenya have confirmed reports that both nations are set to deploy troops to war-torn South Sudan. Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe, told reporters on Thursday that the a single Read more ›

South Sudanese Official Criticizes IGAD’s Ceasefire Monitoring and Verification Procedure

The Minister of Information of South Sudan, Michael Makuei Lueth, has censured the Inter-governmental Agency for Development’s (IGAD) decision to dispatch an advance team of its Joint Technical Committee to the destabilised nation on Sunday. According to him, the team Read more ›

South Sudanese Citizens flee to Ethiopia

After over a month of fighting in South Sudan, thousands of civilians are believed to have migrated to Ethiopia, mainly through Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that over 25,000 asylum seekers from South Read more ›