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Western Ethiopia Fighting Sends Thousands Fleeing to Sudan

The U.N. refugee agency reports intercommunal violence in Ethiopia’s Western Benishangul Gumuz region has sent thousands of people fleeing for safety to Sudan’s Blue Nile State in recent weeks.Insecurity in Ethiopia’s Metekel zone in Benishangul Gumuz ...
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In Important Step for Blind People, Malian Linguists Translate Bambara into Braille

Linguists and Braille experts in Mali have translated the country’s most widely spoken African language, Bambara, into Braille for the country's blind. Bambara is spoken and understood by about 15 million Malians, even more than the colonial French, ma...
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UN Investigator Probes Alleged Forced Return of Eritrean Refugees from Ethiopia

A U.N. human rights expert is calling for an urgent investigation into allegations that Eritrean forces have forcibly repatriated Eritrean refugees who were living in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray province. His report has been submitted to the U.N. Human ...
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Libya’s Interior Minister Survives Assassination Attempt

Libya’s interior minister survived unscathed Sunday an attack by gunmen on his motorcade, according to sources from his office.The gunmen fired on Fathi Bashagha’s convoy as he drove across the capital of Tripoli Sunday following a visit to the Nationa...
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UN Alarmed by Atrocities by Armed Groups in Eastern DRC

GENEVA - The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says it is alarmed by atrocities committed by armed groups against civilians in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The agency is reporting killings ...
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Clandestine Training of Somali Forces in Eritrea Stirs Families’ Concern

Somalia’s government sent thousands of recruits to Eritrea for military training in a clandestine operation, as the country faces al-Shabab threats, the recent withdrawal of U.S. military personnel and the projected drawdown of African Union peacekeepi...
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Amid Clashes in Mogadishu, Analysts Warn Somalia Could Slip Back into Civil War

Politicians and analysts warn that clashes in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, between the federal government and supporters of opposition presidential candidates could escalate the country’s political crisis into a full-blown conflict.Tension has been si...
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Staggering Level of Violence in South Sudan Threatens to Spiral Out of Control, UN Warns

U.N. investigators warn that unprecedented levels of ethnically based violence in South Sudan threaten to spiral out of control because of lack of justice and accountability. The report issued Friday will be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council,...
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Supporters of Hotel Rwanda Figure Denounce ‘Show Trial’

Family and supporters of Paul Rusesabagina, an activist depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, are decrying as a sham his terrorism trial that began this week. He was one of 20 defendants appearing before a judge in a courtroom outside Kiga...
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