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Ethiopia starts releasing 9,800 political detainees

Ethiopia has started releasing 9,800 detainees who were held under the country's state of emergency over the past two months, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Ethiopia to free nearly 10,000 people held under state of emergency

Ethiopia on Saturday announced plans to release 9,800 detainees from a total of about 12,500 who were held under the country's 10-week state of emergency.

Ethiopian government blocks internet access, report finds

The Ethiopian government has "systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites," including messaging app WhatsApp and 16 news outlets, according to a report released...

Ethiopia blames riots on Egypt, "foreign forces"

Ethiopia on Monday accused "foreign forces" of fomenting protests in its restive Oromia region and slammed Egypt for allegedly backing an outlawed group there, following the declaration of a state...

Ethiopian protesters damage 11 factories, 60 cars in six days

Widespread rioting has erupted in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region, where anti-government protesters attacked factories and cars, a spokesman for the Oromia regional government said Friday.

At least 52 die in panic during anti-government protest in Ethiopia

At least 52 people died in Ethiopia Sunday when a panic broke out after clashes with police during a religious festival, local officials said.

Foreign minister: Burundi rejects African Union peacekeeper plan

Burundi will not allow African Union (AU) peacekeepers into the country, its Foreign Minister Alaine Nyamitwe told dpa on Sunday, defying regional attempts to quell political and ethnic violence...

Ban Ki-moon applauds African Union's Burundi peacekeeping plan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday applauded the African Union's plan to establish a "prevention and protection mission" against ethnic and political violence in Burundi, saying the...

Mugabe demands equal membership for Africa in "white-skinned" UN

African countries are "artificial members of the UN," Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said at the opening of an African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday as he demanded equal...

UN chief "horrified," "ashamed" at reports of peacekeeper sex abuse

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that the organization is "ashamed" and "horrified" that its peacekeepers have been implicated in the sexual abuse of vulnerable people.

Deal to form South Sudan interim unity government collapses

A deal struck this month to form a unity transitional government in South Sudan has collapsed, rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar said Sunday.