UN, Rights Groups Urge Ethiopia to Protect Civilians

International rights groups urged Ethiopian forces to prioritize the safety of civilians in the Tigray region Monday as a 72-hour deadline for regional forces to surrender loomed. On Sunday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave a 72-hour deadline to Tigrayan forces to surrender or face a military offensive from the central government, escalating a weeks-long

Polls Close in Burkina Faso Elections

Polls closed in Burkina Faso’s national elections Sunday, as much of the nation voted under the looming threat of jihadist violence. Results are expected to be available midweek. President Roch Kabore who is running for a second five-year term against …

Cameroon Begins Election Campaign amid Separatist Violence

Cameroon has begun the campaign season for its December 6 regional council elections amid threats and attacks from separatists fighting to create an English-speaking state in the French-majority country. The separatists, who have vowed to disrupt the p…

Ethiopia’s Abiy Gives Tigray Region 72-Hour Ultimatum

Ethiopia’s prime minister has issued an ultimatum to Tigrayan regional forces to surrender or face a military offensive on the state’s capital of Mekele. “Your journey of destruction is coming to an end, and we urge you to surrender peacefully within t…

37 People Killed During Unrest in Uganda

Ugandan police said on Friday that at least 37 people have been killed during protests following the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Wednesday.The 38-year-old musician-turned-politician was released on bail Friday in the easter…

Survivor of Ethiopian Fighting Warns ‘People Will Slowly Start to Die’

Shaken by the gunfire erupting around her town in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the woman decided to get out. She joined a long line at the local government office for the paperwork needed to travel. But when she reached the official, he told her …

AU Appoints 3 Envoys to Help Resolve Ethiopian Conflict

The African Union has named three high-level envoys to mediate a peaceful resolution of armed conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. AU President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa informed Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde on Friday that he had…

Tigray Forces Fire Rockets Into Neighboring Ethiopian Region

Tigray forces fired rockets Friday into a neighboring Ethiopian state, heightening fears the internal conflict could spread to other parts of the country, a day after the federal government said its forces were closing in on the dissident region’s capital. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, unleashed a military campaign in