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Chinese engagement driving robust Ethiopia-Djibouti socioeconomic linkages

Chinese engagement driving robust Ethiopia-Djibouti socioeconomic linkages

Wednesday February 20, 2019              In recent years, Chinese-constructed mega infrastructures connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti have become a driving force behind growing …

The mystery behind Ethiopia's 'father of bees'

The mystery behind Ethiopia's 'father of bees'


Wednesday February 20, 2019

Gosa Taffese has a beehive in his front room and the insects follow him on his travels as well.

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Dubbed the “father of bees” by locals in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, he says it’s a mystery why the insects are attracted to him.

Video journalist: Yadeta Berhanu, BBC News Oromo

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Ex- Wajir Governor to return to court to challenge Governor Mohamed Abdi's win

Ex- Wajir Governor to return to court to challenge Governor Mohamed Abdi's win

Wednesday February 20, 2019Lawyers representing former Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi have vowed to go back to court to challenge the ruling by the Supreme Court that upheld the election of his rival Mohamed Abdi. Ads By Google The lawyers, now say t…

Venezuela's defence minister offers defiant response to Trump speech

Venezuela's defence minister offers defiant response to Trump speech


Wednesday February 20, 2019

Venezuela Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino says the military will continue to be posted at border points to prevent what the Maduro government sees as ‘violations’ of the country’s territory. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Trump, in a speech Monday, warned Venezuelan military they’ll ‘lose everything’ by sticking with Maduro

Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country’s borders to prevent territorial violations, the defence minister said on Tuesday, ahead of the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid to alleviate an economic crisis.

President Nicolas Maduro has rejected offers of foreign food and medicine, denying there are widespread shortages and accusing opposition leader Juan Guaido of using aid to undermine his government in a U.S.-orchestrated bid to oust him.

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Guaido has said that aid will enter Venezuela from neighbouring countries by land and sea on Saturday. The United States has sent tons of aid to Colombia’s border with Venezuela, but Maduro has refused to let it in.

In comments broadcast on state TV, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said the opposition would have to pass over “our dead bodies” to impose a new government. Guaido, who has invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has received backing from some 50 countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela’s military who remain loyal to Maduro that they would “find no safe harbour, no easy exit and no way out.”

“You’ll lose everything,” Trump told a crowd of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to an audience that included Venezuelan expats on Monday at Florida International University in Miami. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Guaido has beseeched the armed forces to disavow Maduro, promising them future amnesty, though only a few high-ranking military officials have so far done so.

Padrino said it was unacceptable for the military to receive threats from Trump, and said officers and soldiers remained “obedient and subordinate” to Maduro.

“They will never accept orders from any foreign government … they will remain deployed and alert along the borders, as our commander-in-chief has ordered, to avoid any violations of our territory’s integrity,” Padrino said.

“Those that attempt to be president here in Venezuela … will have to pass over our dead bodies,” he said, referring to Guaido.

Maduro, who won a second term last year in an election that critics denounced as a sham, retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions.

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US African interests will be best served by stable nations

US African interests will be best served by stable nations

Wednesday February 20, 2019     US Marine Corps General Thomas D Waldhauser told the US Senate Armed Services Committee US African Command (Africom) last week that successful advancement of US interests in Africa was “best a…

Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports moves to Hong Kong

Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports moves to Hong Kong

FactWire Wednesday February 20, 2019             One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agree…

How Running Helped This Somali Refugee Find a Home in His New Country

How Running Helped This Somali Refugee Find a Home in His New Country

He’s run everything from 10K obstacle races to marathons through the pyramids of Giza—and hopes to one day tackle the six World Marathon Majors.
Emily ShifferTuesday, February 19, 2019

Today you can find Guled Nur Hussain, 42, smiling as …

Joint Communique following the State Visit by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to Burundi

Joint Communique following the State Visit by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to Burundi

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has wrapped up a two-day visit to Burundi, which is one of the troop-contributing nations to AMISOM.

The office of the President has released a joint communique following…

The US and UN are Repeating Iraq’s Mistakes in Somalia

The US and UN are Repeating Iraq’s Mistakes in Somalia

By Michael Rubin, opinion contributorTuesday, February 19, 2019

The State Department and USAID will invest more than $500 million in Somalia this year. That comes in addition to more than $1 billion in United Nations assistance. E…

Burundi calls for urgent summit over Amisom troops pullout

Burundi calls for urgent summit over Amisom troops pullout

Tuesday February 19, 2019

President Pierre Nkurunziza has called for the African Union to urgently convene a meeting of the countries contributing troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to review the decision to withdrawal its soldie…

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