Nigerian Gunmen Attack Jail, 575 Detainees Missing

Gunmen attacked a jail in Nigeria’s Oyo State late Friday and freed more than 800 inmates by force, the third such major attack this year, prison service said in a statement Saturday.   The prison service said the attackers were heavily armed and after an exchange of gunfire with prison officers, gained entry to the […]

UN Says Hunger Hits Cameroon’s Troubled Western Regions

The U.N.’s World Food Program says thousands of destitute people in Cameroon’s crisis-prone western regions are going hungry and their situations may become worse if the separatist crisis there continues. Chris Nikoi, WFP regional director for west and central Africa is visiting hungry community members – most of them farmers chased from their farms by […]

At Least 20 Killed as Somalia Troops Battle Moderate Islamist Militia

At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 wounded on Saturday when a moderate Islamist group clashed with Somali government troops over control of a town in central Somalia, according to witnesses and regional officials.   The clashes started at dawn Saturday morning when government troops, who have been amassing on the outskirts […]

Somali Filmmaker Wins Top Prize at Burkina Faso Film Festival

Somali filmmaker Khadar Ahmed won the top prize at the FESPACO film festival in Burkina Faso on Saturday for “The Gravedigger’s Wife,” which he wrote and directed.   The 40-year-old was not at the ceremony to receive the Golden Stallion award, but his work bested 16 other African films for the top prize. The films […]

US Envoy Meets Sudanese Leaders, Reaffirms Support for Democracy

A U.S. envoy underlined Washington’s support for a democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan on Saturday during talks with the head of its ruling council and the prime minister, the U.S. embassy in Khartoum said.   It tweeted that Jeffrey Feltman, special envoy for the Horn of Africa, had also urged all sides to […]

FM Demeke Hold Talks with Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen conferred with UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees (Operations) Rauf Mazou on Friday at his office.   During the occasion, Demeke briefed Rauf Mazou on the current status of refugees in Ethiopia, including the dramatic increments of internally displaced people due to the actions of the TPLF. […]

DPM & FM Demeke Confers with EU Special Envoy for Horn of Africa

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen held discussion with European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Annette Weber.     The two had discussions over the situation in the northern part of Ethiopia and ways of giving renewed impetus to the relationships between Ethiopia and the EU.   […]