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Obama Taps Ethiopia Envoy for Sudan Post

(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama says he's selected his outgoing ambassador to Ethiopia to be the U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan. Obama says...

Ethiopia’s Plan to Dam the Nile Has Egypt Fuming

The heat is stifling but the construction workers and red-hatted engineers don't let up. Mechanised excavators batter into the mighty, arid peaks on either side...

An Eerie Silence Precedes Ethiopia's Election

Ethiopia is quiet as it heads into Sunday's parliamentary elections — and that is part of the problem. The somberness of the capital Addis Ababa is in stark...

Drought and Famine: Ethiopia's Cycle Continues

As Ethiopia remains caught in a deadly cycle of drought and famine, aid agencies warn that erratic rainfall and ever-rising food costs are compounding the...

After Ethiopia Exit, What Next for Somalia?

The withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia is a gamble not unlike America's planned drawdown from Iraq. The Ethiopians, with U.S. assistance, invaded...

Ethiopia: Pain amid Plenty

Paleontologists hunting fossils of early man in the Rift Valley of southern Ethiopia call the area the cradle of mankind. This year it's bursting with life,...

Pain amid Plenty

Paleontologists hunting fossils of early man in the Rift Valley of southern Ethiopia call the area the cradle of mankind. This year it's bursting with life,...

Ethiopia: Another Nation Under a Groove

The term 'world music' suggests sounds that are esoteric and unfamiliar — neither of which applies to Ethiopiques, one of the hippest acts of the summer of 08...

Among the Starving in Ethiopia

All morning in the village of Kersa, the hills have echoed with the wails of women walking in from the fields. They gather on a patch of open grass before a...

Ethiopia: Horn of Dilemma

As you might expect from a place that exports some of the world's finest coffee, Addis Ababa is a city of cafes. It's also a town of spooks. Whether huddled over...

Ethiopia Celebrates, Without Bob Geldof

Think of Ethiopia and you probably think of famine. And Live Aid. And Bob Geldof. And that's been bugging Ethiopians for 20 years. Ethiopia is a proud nation,...

Why Ethiopia Parties Like It's 1999

September 11 will be a momentous day in Ethiopia this year. But while the rest of the world will solemnly mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in...

A Dark Deja Vu in Somalia

To many Africans old enough to remember the Cold War, the bloody conflict currently unfolding in Somalia will be awfully familiar. Back before the Berlin Wall...

The War for the Horn of Africa

In a lightning advance, Ethiopian troops have fought Somalia's Islamist militias to within 50 miles of the Somali capital Mogadishu and declared they are...

A Bitter Brew

U.K.-based charity Oxfam last week accused Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks of blocking Ethiopian efforts to trademark three types of coffee beans in the...

Is a New Islamic War Brewing in Africa?

When Islamic clerics captured Somalia’s capital Mogadishu last month, it seemed to offer some hope for peace in the war-torn Horn of Africa country. Somalia has...

Ethiopia: Red Stars at a Big Parade

East German Communist Party Boss. Erich Honecker may have canceled his trip to West Germany, but last week he made it to Addis Ababa, where the flag flying over...