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Kenyan workers say they warned Unilever before attacks in post-2007 vote violence

28 Sep 2018

NAIROBI A group of Kenyan tea plantation workers have written to the chief executive of Unilever saying they had warned the firm's local managers they would be caught up in ethnic violence after a disputed election in 2007, before being hunted and attacked.

RPT-Trains delayed: Ethiopia debt woes curtail China funding

01 Sep 2018

ADDIS ABABA/BEIJING, Sept 1 Ethiopia has been lauded by experts from China's ruling Communist Party as a "model country" in Beijing's $126 billion Belt and Road initiative to build rail, road and sea links tying China to Eurasia and Africa.

Trains delayed: Ethiopia debt woes curtail China funding

01 Sep 2018

ADDIS ABABA/BEIJING Ethiopia has been lauded by experts from China's ruling Communist Party as a "model country" in Beijing's $126 billion Belt and Road initiative to build rail, road and sea links tying China to Eurasia and Africa.

Explainer - 'Ghetto President' shakes up Ugandan politics

30 Aug 2018

NAIROBIThe arrest this month of a 35-year-old legislator who calls himself "Ghetto President" has sparked fierce street protests in Uganda. Musician-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi represents a new challenge to President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986.

Rights of detained Ugandan lawmaker 'blatantly violated' says report

24 Aug 2018

NAIROBI A popular Ugandan musician-turned-legislator arraigned on treason charges had breathing problems and was left partially paralysed after beatings in detention, lawmakers who visited him said on Friday.

Demolitions to protect river spark rows in Kenyan capital

17 Aug 2018

NAIROBI For decades the Nairobi River has been besieged by the construction of buildings teetering perilously over its banks, bringing pollution, blockages and floods to the waterway that runs through the capital.

As forgiveness sweeps Ethiopia, some wonder about justice

14 Aug 2018

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia has released thousands of prisoners as a new prime minister reverses decades of security abuses. No-one knows how many were tortured.

UAE plans oil pipeline from Ethiopia to Eritrea in latest Horn of Africa move

10 Aug 2018

NAIROBI The United Arab Emirates plans to build an oil pipeline connecting Eritrea and Ethiopia, the latest sign of the Gulf state's increasing involvement in the Horn of Africa.

In peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UAE lends a helping hand

08 Aug 2018

ADDIS ABABA/DUBAI When the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced in Asmara last month, promising to end the two-decade-old state of war between their two countries, it looked like a sudden breakthrough.

Internet in eastern Ethiopia shut down after regional violence

08 Aug 2018

NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA Authorities have shut off Internet access in eastern Ethiopia amid an outbreak of violence there, residents said on Wednesday, a sign of the challenges facing reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in containing ethnic tensions in parts of the country.

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