Mesfin B. Yimam

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African leaders accuse ICC of 'race hunt'

The African Union has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of targeting Africans on the basis of race as it called for an end to prosecution of Kenya's president and his deputy over crimes against humanity.<p>Hailemariam Desalegn, AU chairman and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said at the close …

Ethiopia diverts flow of Blue Nile

Ethiopia has started to divert the flow of the Blue Nile river to construct a giant dam to meet its energy needs, according to state media, amid concerns from other Nile-dependent countries downstream.<p>Demeke Mekonnen, Ethiopia's deputy prime minister, said on Tuesday that diverting the flow at the …

Sectarian violence erupts in Myanmar

Myanmar's government has called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the northeastern Shan state.<p>At least one person has died and four others were injured, state television said.<p>Authorities imposed a curfew late on …

French arrest suspect in soldier's stabbing

French authorities have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a 22-year-old French soldier. Prosecutors say that he has admitted to the attack and was probably motivated by "religious ideology".<p>Paris prosecutor Xavier Molins said the man, named as Alexandre D and who turns 22 on Thursday, was a …

Top Pakistan Taliban leader 'killed by drone'

A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali ur Rehman, in the North Waziristan region, according to security officials in Pakistan.<p>Rehman, who had a $5m US government bounty on his head, reportedly died along with at least five others when two missiles were fired on a …