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Ethiopia to withdraw troops from Somalia

Ethiopia will withdraw its troops from Somalia by the end of this year, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

Sudan seeks AU support against al-Bashir warrant

Sudan said on Monday it expected African ministers to condemn a move to indict President Omar Hassan al-Bashir over war crimes in Darfur.

Somalia calls for immediate deployment of UN troops

The international community must deploy UN peacekeepers in Somalia without delay or risk worsening insecurity, the country's prime minister says.

US sees ethnic cleansing in Kenya

There is clear evidence of ''ethnic cleansing'' in Kenya's Rift Valley since a disputed election, but it does not amount to genocide, said the top United States diplomat for Africa. ''The cycle of retaliation has gone too far and has become more dangerous,'' said US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer.

Ethiopia says it wants talks, not war with Eritrea

Ethiopia on Tuesday said it had no plans to go to war with rival Eritrea over their disputed border, and again urged Asmara to pull its troops back and begin dialogue over marking the frontier. Ethiopia's comments came a day after the International Crisis Group warned the two nations could easily slide into a repeat of their 1998 to 2000 border war.

Rebels claim they killed 140 Ethiopian troops

Ethiopia's Ogaden National Liberation Front rebels said they killed 140 government soldiers in a weekend assault targeting a senior official, a statement Ethiopia immediately denounced as false. Both sides routinely claim to inflict large numbers of casualties on the other, but the reports are difficult to independently verify.

Merkel starts Africa tour with plea to Ethiopia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, called on Thursday for more democratic opening in Ethiopia, a key ally of the West now under scrutiny over rights issues. On the first leg of a five-day tour, the German leader urged Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to provide greater space in Ethiopia for both political opposition and the media.

Ethiopia says it may call off Eritrea border pact

Ethiopia said on Tuesday it may terminate the pact ending its border war with Eritrea, accusing its smaller neighbour of breaching the deal on several fronts including coordinating ''terrorist activity''. Relations between the two nations are at their lowest since a 1998 to 2000 border war killed 70 000 people.

AU says five nations pledge to back Darfur force

Five African nations pledged on Thursday to send peacekeepers to a mission in Sudan's troubled Darfur region that was approved this week by the United Nations Security Council, a top African Union official said. Said Djinnit, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said member states had responded positively during talks.

Ethiopia pardons jailed opposition figures

Ethiopia on Friday freed 38 opposition members sentenced to jail this week for treason, inciting violence and trying to overthrow the government, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said. Rights groups and donor governments had complained the trial was politically motivated.

Ethiopian opposition escape death sentences

An Ethiopian court sentenced 35 opposition members to life in prison on Monday, rebuffing a prosecution request that they be executed for trying to overthrow the government, treason and inciting violence. The remaining eight defendants were ordered to serve terms of between 18 months and 18 years.

Ethiopia seeks death penalty in opposition case

Ethiopian prosecutors demanded the death penalty on Monday for 38 opposition officials convicted of trying to overthrow the government, treason and inciting violence. ''Since they have been found guilty on all counts, they should be punished with the highest penalty,'' prosecutor Abraham Tetemke told the court.

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