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Massive Brawl Breaks out Between Pro- and Anti-Government Supporters During Eritrean Independence Celebrations in Israel

Violence erupted in Tel Aviv this weekend as thousands of Eritrean migrants gathered to celebrate the east African country’s 25th independence anniversary. The massive brawl at the event organized by the Eritrean Embassy to Israel on Friday occurred between pro- Read more ›

Ethiopian Politician Charged With Inciting Violence After Facebook Post About Protests in Oromia

A former spokesman for Ethiopia’s main opposition group the Blue Party has been charged with inciting violence after his Facebook post critical of the government’s response to the protests in Oromia went viral. Yonatan Tesfaye was reportedly charged on Wednesday Read more ›

US Voices Concern After Ethiopia Charges 22 Opposition Members with Terrorism

The United States (US) has expressed concern over Ethiopia’s indictment of prominent opposition figure Bekele Gerba and 21 others on terrorism charges under its much criticized Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). The defendants, which includes students, civil servants and members of the Read more ›

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 Bloggers Nominated for 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers were on Wednesday nominated for the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The Ethiopian blogging group shared the nominations with activists from China and Syrian. Chinese activist Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur intellectual, is currently Read more ›

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 Accused of Extra-Judicial Killings and Widespread Human Rights Abuses During Oromia Protests

An Ethiopian rights group on Monday accused the government of mass human rights abuses during the recently ended protests in the Oromia region. A report by the Human Rights Council (HRC) alleges that Ethiopian security forces carried out over 100 Read more ›

Ethiopia Ordered to Pay $150,000 Compensation to Girl Abducted and Raped 15 Years Ago

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has ordered the Ethiopian government to pay $150,000 in compensation to a woman, who was raped 15 years ago. According to international human rights group Equality Now, Woineshet Zebene Negash was just Read more ›

Kenya Denies Imminent Airborne Terror Attacks After Leaked Intelligence Memo Warning Goes Viral

Kenya’s Aviation Authority (KAA) on Monday dismissed claims of imminent terror attacks targeting major airports in the country after a leaked intelligence memo, warning airport managers of impending airborne al-Shabab suicide bombings, went viral. The intelligence memo was released by Read more ›

Ethiopian Prime Minister Accuses Eritrea of Supporting Armed Groups Seeking Secession of Oromia

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Wednesday accused Eritrea of supporting armed groups seeking the secession of Oromia, the largest region in the country. According to the BBC, Hailemariam blamed the destabilization of Oromia on “destructive forces” that have launched Read more ›

Ethiopia Debunks Human Rights Watch Report of Continued Violence in Oromia

Ethiopia on Monday debunked a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that student protests against a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia, the largest region in the country, has continued. Communications Minister Getachew Reda dismissed claims that Read more ›

Ethiopian Opposition Activists Released From Prison Months After Being Acquitted of Terrorism Charges

Two leading Ethiopian opposition figures charged with terrorism were on Tuesday released from prison following their acquittal last year. Abraham Solomon and Habtamu Ayalew, both accused of being members of the outlawed opposition group Ginbot 7, had been detained in Read more ›

Blast in Somalia Commercial Plane Bores Hole in Fuselage, Killing One Passenger

Somali aviation authorities are investigating the cause of a blast that tore a hole in a passenger plane moments after it took off from Mogadishu’s international airport on Tuesday. The incident, which left one passenger injured and another dead, happened 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 ›

Burundi Arrests British and French Journalist with Armed Opposition Members

Two foreign journalists have been arrested in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, while reporting on an armed group that opposes the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza. According to AFP, British photojournalist Phil Moore and French journalist Jean-Philippe Remy were arrested on Thursday. Read more ›

Uganda Urges Burundi to Accept African Union Peacekeepers as Peace Talks Hit Deadlock

Ugandan mediators in the on-going Burundi crisis have cautioned President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration to accept African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops. Uganda’s Minister of Defense Crispus Kiyonga, who also serves as acting facilitator of the Burundi crisis, said Bujumbura’s threat to Read more ›

al-Shabaab Features Donald Trump in Terror Recruitment Video

Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has released a 51-minute recruitment video featuring controversial statements by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The video, which was reportedly released online on Saturday, targets Muslims and African-American youths. The recruitment documentary focuses on Read more ›

Ethiopian Security Officers Allegedly Abduct 2 Kenyans and Steal Firearms from Police in Border Town

Ethiopian security officials have allegedly abducted two Kenyan civilians and stole two firearms from police reservists in northeast Kenya’s Marsabit County. The incident reportedly happened on Saturday morning after an unknown number of Ethiopian police reservists attacked Bori, a village Read more ›

Grenade Attack Kills 2 Students in Southern Ethiopia University

A hand grenade attack at a university campus in southern Ethiopia has killed two students and injured six others. The deadly incident happened on Thursday night at Dilla University, about 350 kilometers south of the capital, Addis Ababa. According to Read more ›

UN Security Council to Visit Burundi after Nkurunziza Threatens Attack on AU Peacekeepers

The United Nations (UN) Security Council is awaiting an official invitation from Burundi’s embattled government to visit the country this month. The United States initially proposed the visit in December to quell rising tensions. However, the importance of the trip Read more ›

United States Urges Ethiopia to Release Imprisoned Journalists Amid Violent Protests

The United States has expressed concern over the recent arrest of journalists in Ethiopia amid deadly protests over a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia. On Wednesday, the US urged Ethiopia to release journalists and all Read more ›

Burundi’s Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks in Uganda

Burundi’s rival sects resumed peace talks in Uganda on Monday amid fears of a return to civil war after months of widespread violence. Representatives of President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to run for a third term in April sparked unrest Read more ›

Muslims Protect Christian Passengers at Gunpoint in Kenya Bus Terrorist Attack

An ambush on a bus traveling through Kenya‘s northeast border with Somalia by gunmen suspected to be al-Shabab militants is making headlines around world. The gory of the attack is not the focus, rather a rare and daring display of Read more ›

Air France Makes Emergency Landing in Kenya After Suspected Bomb is Found Aboard

An Air France flight from Mauritius was forced to make an emergency landing in Mombasa, Kenya on Sunday after a device suspected to be a bomb was found in the toilet. The Boeing 777 aircraft was heading to Charles de Read more ›

Burundi: United Nation and African Union Condemn Escalating Violence

The African Union (AU) has expressed concerns over the rising levels of violence and human rights abuses in Burundi after reports of widespread arbitrary arrests, torture, killings and assassinations. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights released a reports Read more ›

Oromo Students Killed in Fresh Protests Against Plan to Expand Addis Ababa into Oromia

Police in Ethiopia have responded violently to students protesting a government plan to extend the capital city Addis Ababa into Oromia, the largest region in the country. According to the Human Rights Watch, about three students have lost their lives Read more ›

Ethiopia Warns Saudi Arabia and UAE of Consequences if Eritrea Attacks

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has warned Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that there will be consequences if their military operation around Eritrea’s coast leads to the latter advancing plans to destabilize Ethiopia. A United Nations (UN) Read more ›

AU General Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Cash into US from Ethiopia

An African Union (AU) general, who also served as the transitional president of Guinea, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling over $50,000 in cash into the United States. Sekouba Konate was indicted in May on charges of smuggling Read more ›

Switzerland Acquits Ethiopian Pilot After Concluding He was Paranoiac When He Hijacked Plane

Swiss authorities have acquitted an Ethiopian Airlines pilot after ruling that he was mentally unstable when he hijacked his own plane with 202 passengers aboard and rerouted it to Geneva to seek political asylum. The Swiss Attorney General said all Read more ›

Kenyan Military Denies Financing al-Shabab through Sugar and Charcoal Smuggling

The Kenyan military has allegedly been smuggling sugar and charcoal from Somalia since 2011 when it invaded the war-thorn country to fight militant Islamist group, al-Shabab. The racketeering ring, which involves high-ranking members of the army, is said to be Read more ›

5 Ethiopian Opposition Groups Unite to Oust ‘Oppressive’ EPRDF Government

A newly formed Ethiopian opposition group in exile, which accuses Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s administration and the leading party of being repressive, has vowed to ‘dismantle’ the incumbent government and create a new political order. The new group – People’s Read more ›

11 Somalis, 10 Ethiopians Arrested in Egypt for Illegal Migration

Egyptian authorities have arrested 11 Somalis and ten Ethiopians for entering the country illegally. Egypt is believed to be a transit point for illegal immigrants heading to Europe via the Mediterranean. According to the Cairo Post, the East African migrants Read more ›