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‘Like an Umbrella Had Covered the Sky’: Locust Swarms Despoil Kenya

At first, villagers thought the dark, dense blot in the sky was a harmless cloud. Then came the terrifying realization that the locusts had arrived.
Tags: News, Global Warming, Pesticides, Ethiopia, Kenya, Insects, East Africa, Horn of Africa, Desert Locust, Agriculture and Farming

Ethiopians face deserts and smugglers on the way to Saudi

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. People here say they belong to migrants who like Eissa embarked on an epic journey of hundreds of miles, from villages and towns in Ethiopia, through the Horn of Africa countries Djibouti or Somalia, then across the sea and through the war-torn country of Yemen.
Tags: News, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Horn of Africa, Eissa, Lac Assal, LAC ASSAL Djibouti, Mohammed Eissa

East Africa is suffering its worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years

The Horn of Africa has been hit by the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years -- and in Kenya, it's the worst in 70 years, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday.
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Ethiopia may not be the Christian safe haven it has been

Ethiopia (MNN) -- Ethiopia -- compared to its neighbors like Eritrea, Somalia, and Sudan -- is the tamest of the bunch when it comes to religious violence. But Greg Musselman with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada says that is changing. “I have a close friend that is giving us information. Since he left many years ago and has gone back, he just said there is an increase of [Christian] persecution that's happening,” Musselman says. “When you look back at Ethiopia, for many, many years, ...
Tags: Nigeria, Church, Canada, Islam, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Orthodox Church, Horn of Africa, Orthodox, Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman, Musselman, VOM Canada, Trevor Cole, Eritrea Somalia

Can’t find the Middle East on a map? Here’s why.

If the Middle East is easier to find in the news than on the map, there's a good reason for that.The term is a fairly recent invention with myriad definitions and applications.In some versions, it extends further west than Ireland and as far north as Copenhagen. (Not) finding Iran At the start of January, as America's assassination of Iran's general Qasem Soleimani brought the two countries to the brink of war, there it was again: proof that most Americans can't find their #1 foreign enemy on ...
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Fear and Confusion as Fighters Overran a U.S. Airfield

WASHINGTON -- Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen al-Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses U.S. troops. By the time al-Shabab was done, portions of the airfield were burning, and three Americans were dead.Surprised by the attack, U.S. commandos took around an hour to respond. Many of the local Kenyan forces, assigned to defend the base, hid in the gra...
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Erdogan says Somalia has invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas: NTV

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Somalia had invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas, after Ankara signed a maritime agreement with Libya last year, broadcaster NTV reported. Turkey has been a major source of aid to Somalia following a famine in 2011 as Ankara seeks to increase its influence in the Horn of Africa to counter Gulf rivals like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Libya, Erdogan, Somalia, Gulf, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Horn of Africa, NTV

Locust plague devastates crops in Horn of Africa

Ethiopian farmer Ahmed Ibrahim batted empty water bottles at a swarm of desert locusts the size of his palms that were devouring his field of khat - the mildly narcotic leaf that is his family's main source of income. Scenes like this are happening across the Horn of Africa, where swarms of desert locusts have damaged tens of thousands of hectares so far, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. "These infestations represent a major threat to food security in Kenya and across the enti...
Tags: Science, Kenya, Horn of Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, Ahmed Ibrahim, Bukar Tijani FAO

Ethiopia passes gun control law to tackle surge in violence

Ethiopia's parliament passed legislation on Thursday aimed at curbing gun ownership after a surge in regional ethnic violence blamed on a proliferation of small arms in private hands. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government said last April that it had seized 21 machine guns, more than 33,000 handguns, 275 rifles and 300,000 bullets in different parts of the Horn of Africa country over the previous year. In October security forces confiscated a further 2,221 handguns and 71 Kalashnikov assault r...
Tags: News, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, Gonder, Abiy Ahmed

Stopping Somalia's pirates by building a fishing industry

Fair Fishing is an NGO aiming to "turn Somali pirates into fishermen" and improve lives on the Horn of Africa by creating jobs in sustainable fishing.
Tags: Cnn, Somalia, Horn of Africa

Ethiopian Party Seeks New Alliances After Rejecting Prime Minister’s Unity Party

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterA leading member of Ethiopia’s former ruling coalition is seeking fresh alliances after it rejected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s new unity party ahead of elections this year.The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, TPLF, said the Prosperity Party, which set out to merge members of the now defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, poses a “clear difference of purpose.” The new formation has eig...
Tags: News, Africa, Ethiopia, EPRDF, Horn of Africa, Unity Party, Abidjan, TPLF, Bloomberg Sign, Bloomberg Africa, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Ethiopian People 's Revolutionary Democratic Front, David Malingha, Helen NyamburaFor

Landmarks in dangerous countries

Although the world is generally a safe place, and strangers are often more kind and well-meaning than evil, there are locations where travelers typically shouldn’t venture, places ravaged by wars, terrorism, civil unrest, or violent crime. But lack of safety hardly means that these risky nations have nothing to offer but conflict and despair — like every other place in the world, they are home to stunning natural beauty, fascinating history, unique culture, and impressive architecture. With t...
Tags: Travel, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Syria, Bbc, Unesco, Taliban, Islam, Mali, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Un, Al Qaeda, Somalia, Yemen

Truck Bomb Explodes at Security Checkpoint in Somalia’s Capital, Killing 78

(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 78 people including many students, authorities said. It was the worst attack in Mogadishu in more than two years, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds. At least 125 people were wounded, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman told The Associated Press. President Mohamed Abdull...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, United Nations, Somalia, Donald Trump, Al Shabab, Shabab, The Associated Press, Mogadishu, Horn of Africa, Mohamed Hussein, MOGADISHU Somalia, Onetime, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Omar Mohamud Mohamed, Mohamed Abdi Hakim

Truck Bomb Explodes at Security Checkpoint in Somalia’s Capital, Killing 76

(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 76 people including many students, authorities said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds. The toll could rise as scores of people were rushed to hospitals, government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar told The Associated Press. Dr. M...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, United Nations, Associated Press, Somalia, Donald Trump, Al Shabab, Shabab, Mogadishu, Horn of Africa, Mohamed Hussein, MOGADISHU Somalia, Mohamed Yusuf, Madina, Onetime, Ismail Mukhtar

Al Shabaab shoot locusts with machine guns as Somalia battles biggest swarms in 25 years

Farmers in southern Somalia are shooting at huge swarms of locusts with heavy machine guns in a desperate attempt to save their crops, according to media affiliated to the jihadist group Al-Shabaab. According to the group’s media, insects that have infested farmland around the southwestern town of Tiyeglow, an Al-Shabaab stronghold, are being shot at with a PKM rifle — a machine gun version of the Russian Kalashnikov. The news comes as the country experiences its largest locust infestation for 2...
Tags: News, Ethiopia, Somalia, Al Shabaab, Yemen, FAO, East Africa, Horn of Africa, Al Shabaab According, Tiyeglow, UN 's Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO

Ethiopia Has Launched its First Satellite Into Space

Ethiopia launched its first observatory satellite into space on Friday (Dec. 20), according to local reports. From a report: The 70 kilogram remote sensing satellite is to be used for agricultural, climate, mining and environmental observations, allowing the Horn of Africa to collect data and improve its ability to plan for changing weather patterns for example. The satellite will operate from space around 700 kilometers above the surface of earth. The launch, which was originally scheduled for ...
Tags: China, Tech, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Addis Ababa University, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Xinzhou Shanxi Province China

Ethiopia Insists Dam Will Benefit Region as Egypt Seeks Mediator

(Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia insisted its showpiece Nile dam will benefit the region, as Egypt urges mediation to resolve what it says is a breakdown in talks and preserve a fair share of downstream water crucial to its people.“No force is going to stop Ethiopia from building the dam, this should be underlined,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told lawmakers Tuesday in the capital, Addis Ababa. But the recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize also signaled his openness to dialogue, shortly before he’s due to...
Tags: News, Russia, Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Nile, Sochi, Sisi, Addis Ababa, Horn of Africa, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Blue Nile, Abidjan, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy

Violence flares in northern Kenya as pressure mounts on villagers

Instability in neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan are spilling over the border into the disputed territory known as the Ilemi Triangle, residents said. "This is going to become an increasingly difficult problem, not just in the Horn of Africa, but in many other places where there's changing weather patterns and a slowness to adapt to more modern forms of cultural thinking -- places like Chad, Nigeria, and Sudan," Mutiga said. "These attacks are becoming too much," he told Reuters over a crac...
Tags: Science, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Reuters, Horn of Africa, Chad Nigeria, Ilemi Triangle, Sudan Mutiga

A Remarkable Rail Journey Into the Horn of Africa’s Past, and Future

A new train from the Ethiopian capital to the Djibouti coast offers a desert journey into parts of North Africa that have been off the tourist track.
Tags: News, Ethiopia, Railroads, Deserts, North Africa, Djibouti, Horn of Africa, Travel and Vacations, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia

Vaccines blocked as deadly cholera raged in Yemen

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — In the summer of 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for final clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country’s ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Yemen, Horn of Africa, Aden Yemen

Vaccines were blocked as Yemenis died in cholera outbreak

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — In July 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country’s ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of control, with […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Yemen, Horn of Africa, Aden Yemen

Travel News: March 25, 2019

Indonesia’s Garuda airline cancels order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets Washington Post Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia is moving to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the deadly crashes involving two of the aircraft, a spokesman for the company said Friday. The decision comes less than two weeks after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard. A flight of Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline, crash...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Washington Post, Africa, Ethiopia, Norway, Boeing, United, Jakarta, Federal Aviation Administration, News And Deals, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines, Nairobi, Lion Air, Horn of Africa

Gunmen storm Somalia govt building after suicide car bombing

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five gunmen stormed into a government building in the Somali capital following a suicide car bombing at the gates on Saturday, a police officer said, in the latest attack by Islamic extremist fighters in the Horn of Africa nation. Somali security forces were fighting to neutralize the attackers and rescue public […]
Tags: News, Nation, Somalia, Mogadishu, Horn of Africa, Somalia AP

Macron warns of Chinese risk to African sovereignty

Macron arrived in Djibouti looking to reassert French influence in a former colony on the Horn of Africa where China has built a military base and invested billions of dollars in infrastructure. The French leader, who will also visit Kenya and Ethiopia on his current tour, cautioned that conditions attached to Chinese loans could be dangerous in the long term. "China is a great world power and has expanded its presence in many countries, especially in Africa, in recent years," he said alongsid...
Tags: Science, China, Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Horn of Africa, Macron

France’s Macron eyes investments in strategic Djibouti

DJIBOUTI (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is offering support for Djibouti to boost its economy and pursue further peace in the Horn of Africa region. Macron met with Djibouti’s President Omar Guelleh, who encouraged French companies to invest in local infrastructure. Macron heads later Tuesday to Ethiopia as part of an African trip aimed […]
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As China prevails, France's Macron shuffles his cards in Djibouti

Djibouti, strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, hosts France's largest naval base on the continent and is home to some 1,400 personnel used to train African troops as well as to monitor the Horn of Africa and Yemen. "France considered Djibouti for too long to be a territory that was won," said a senior French diplomat based in the region. "But now the competition from China is fierce." Those comments echoed President Ismail Omar Guelleh'...
Tags: Science, France, China, Djibouti, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Horn of Africa, Ismail Omar Guelleh, Macron, Yemen France

Other Worldly Dallol Volcano Of Ethiopia In The Danakil Depression

Dallol is a cinder cone volcano in the Danakil Depression. It is located in the north and eastern region of the Erta Ale Mountains in Ethiopia, on the border with Eritrea. The Dallol region is officially, the hottest spot on the earth.  It is a boiling cauldron of burning salts, sulfuric acid and volcanic rock.  The variations of color and unusual formations, caused by the constant geologic activity, has created a beautiful, but practically alien landscape. It is the 14th stop in the travel seri...
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Here’s what 2,400 Marines and sailors were doing during an eight-month deployment to the Middle East

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Abner Mauncio is hugged by his three children as marines and sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit return from their successful, eight-month deployment to the Indo- Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions, on Feb. 28, 2019 at Camp Pendleton. The end of this deployment is uniquely significant, as it was the inaugural combat deployment of the Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II fighter jet. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer) ...
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$400 billion climate investment plan for Sahel region

Heads of state of 17 countries in the Sahel region of Africa will hold a summit on Monday in Niamey to approve a climate investment plan worth $400 billion over 12 years, the Niger government said Wednesday. The "ambitious" plan for the period 2018-30 will involve "17 nations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Horn of Africa" and will represent the "translation (into actions) of our nations' commitments through the Paris agreement on climate change", Environment Minister Almoustapha Garba told repo...
Tags: Science, Africa, Paris, Atlantic Ocean, Sahel, Horn of Africa, NIAMEY, Almoustapha Garba

Refugees at high risk of kidnapping in Horn of Africa, research reveals

More than one in 10 people travelling through the region are taken, as smugglers boost dwindling returns by preying on people for ransom, survey findsMore than 15% of refugees travelling north through the Horn of Africa were kidnapped during their journey last year, according to what is believed to be one of the most comprehensive surveys of migration journeys.Researchers from the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC), who conducted 11,150 interviews across 20 countries and seven migration routes, warned...
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