Dec 2, 2014

Ethiopia tests thousands for HIV in record attempt

More than 3,300 people were tested for HIV Sunday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella, a massive turnout that exceeded expectations among AIDS campaigners who had hoped to test 2,000 people, according to local officials. Rahel Gettu, an official with the U.N. Aids agency ...

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

Aug 27, 2014

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. The U.N. confirmed that three people died and one survived — all Russian citizens ...

Violence sending South Sudan close to catastrophe, U.N. official warns

Aug 7, 2014

Violence sending South Sudan close to catastrophe, U.N. official warns

A top U.N. official on Wednesday told the Security Council that a fresh wave of violence in South Sudan is dragging the nascent country closer to a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Edmond Mulet, the U.N. assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, warned council members that the ...

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

Mar 14, 2014

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

South Sudan faces possible famine if warring government and rebel forces do not heed a cease-fire deal they have signed, U.S. and EU envoys warned Thursday. “The parties have failed to respect their commitment to the Jan. 23 cessation of hostilities,” said U.S. envoy ...

Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva

Feb 18, 2014

Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva

It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize something was terribly wrong. The co-pilot ...

Aug 29, 2013

Holdout old leaders stymie Africa's rise

The great democratic and economic strides made by African countries in the last decade risk being checked by aging leaders unwilling to pass the baton. For generations of foreign investors accustomed to the likes of Uganda’s Idi Amin and the former Zaire’s Mobutu Sese ...

| May 30, 2013

Can Africa's emergency force deliver?

by Boris Bachorz

Aware that they have failed to get a full-fledged peacekeeping force up and running, African leaders now plan a rapid-deployment emergency force, but analysts question whether it can deliver. The African Union’s African Standby Brigade, meant to intervene swiftly in regional crises, has made ...