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25 Oct 2011 description
report Xinhua

China has delivered food donations worth 443.2 million yuan (69.58 million U.S. dollars) to the Horn of Africa which is suffering from severe drought and famine, a Chinese official said Sunday.

"This is the single largest grain donation to foreign countries ever delivered by Chinese government since the founding of the People's Republic of China (in 1949)," said Lu Shaye, head of the Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

19 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the two batches of foodstuff donated by China for drought-hit northeastern African nations will mostly arrive before the end of September.

The country's food aid to the regions increased significantly in the past month as the drought continued and spread, said Yu Yingfu, an official with the MOC Department of Aid to Foreign Countries.

15 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday that China will provide an additional 353.2 million yuan (55.28 million U.S. dollars) in emergency food aid to Ethiopia and other drought-hit African countries.

Wen made the remarks while holding talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Beijing Monday afternoon.

"China will work with African states to tackle difficulties, strengthen cooperation and realize common development," Wen said at the Great Hall of the People.

07 Nov 2009 description
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SANAA, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Yemen's coast-guards seized a boat carrying dozens of African migrants after illegally entering its territorial waters, state-run SABA news agency reported Saturday.

"The smuggling boat was carrying 64 African refuge-seekers, including eight Somalis and 56 Ethiopians and Eritreans," the report quoted security sources as saying.

Between January and August this year, about 36,000 African migrants reached Yemen's shores, with an increase of 33 percent over the same period last year.

In 2008, around 50,000 Africans …

04 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt and Uganda are in new talks about the use of the River Nile water after previous negotiations with riparian countries failed to reach a compromise, a top Egyptian government official on a visit here said on Wednesday.

Mona Omar, the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of Egyptian experts were sent to Uganda about a week ago with new proposals for a compromise clause into the proposed Nile Water Basin Cooperative Framework agreement.

She did not however reveal what the …

08 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

by Daniel Ooko

NAIROBI, May 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The ongoing combination of chronic food insecurity, conflict and political instability is threatening the well being and lives of millions of children in the Horn of Africa, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

UNICEF warned in a statement issued in Nairobi that unless urgent action was taken, millions more families could be made vulnerable is now a reality.

"Over the last few months we have witnessed a steady increase in the numbers of children suffering from acute malnutrition, which means more …

14 Nov 2007 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Nov 14, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ethiopia on Wednesday pledged to settle the dispute with Eritrea by peaceful means, saying that it fully accepts the call of the UN Security Council president made late Tuesday on the situation between the two neighboring countries.

Ethiopia "fully accepts the call of the UN Security Council president, which stressed the importance of the commitment of both parties to lay the foundation for sustainable peace in the region and urged the parties to implement immediately and without preconditions, the Delimitation Decision of April …

13 Apr 2007 description
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NAIROBI, Apr 13, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Kenya will mediate on a new crisis between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia following Friday's open exchange of animosities between Eritrea and Somalia over the escalating conflict in the Horn of Africa.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who chairs the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has designated his Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju to hold meetings between the two countries in a bid to reach a solution to the growing crisis.

Eritrean authorities Friday denied accusations by Somalia and United States that it was supporting …

10 Apr 2006 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Apr 10, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Eritrea on Monday accused the United States of favoring Ethiopia in the border dispute between the two Horn of Africa countries.

07 Apr 2006 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Apr 7, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations has appointed a new force commander for the Ethiopian and Eritrean peace mission in the disputed border between the duo, officials said here Friday.

18 Mar 2006 description
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NAIROBI, Mar 18, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African foreign ministers ended a two-day meeting in Kenya Saturday by resolving to set up an a regional emergency fund to deal with drought and famine which is ravaging parts of the Horn of Africa region.

14 Feb 2006 description
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NAIROBI, Feb 14, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations says the refugee repatriation movements mainly to Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan in the recent times have placed great strain on infrastructural services in these fragile post-conflict nations.

09 Dec 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Dec 9, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said Friday Ethiopia is prepared to redeploy its forces consistent with the instruction of the UN Security Council.

"Though we have seen no encouraging signs from Eritrea even after Resolution 1640 has been adopted, Ethiopia is convinced that its compliance with the Security Council's instruction is necessary even if doing so might have some risk for Ethiopia's security," Seyoum said.

25 Nov 2005 description
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NAIROBI, Nov 25, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission met with military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday despite heightened tension between the two neighboring countries.

19 Oct 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 19, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi accused neighboring Eritrea on Wednesday of renewed military buildup along the border separating the two countries.

"We are aware of the buildup in TSZ. The scale has increased in recent days and this is a matter of concern to us," Meles said at a press conference.

"We have reason to believe that members of the Eritrean Defense Forces are entering the TSZ disguised in different uniforms," he said.

15 Oct 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 15, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi admitted Saturday his country has reinforced its troops on its border with Eritrea since December as a "precautionary measure, " the same day he offered first ever direct talks with Eritrean leader on border disputes.

29 Aug 2005 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Aug 29, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 226 Ethiopian civilians have been repatriated from neighboring Eritrea under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the aid agency said on Monday.
According to a press release from the ICRC country office, amongst those repatriated on Friday were 11 unaccompanied minors and three medical cases who could join their families in Ethiopia.

23 Jun 2005 description
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NAIROBI, Jun 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Thousands of refugees have turned up at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Nairobi to register themselves to beat the deadline set by Kenyan authorities.

The UNHCR spokesman Emmanuel Nyabera said between 4,000 to 5, 000 refugees from various parts of the continent living in Kenya turned up for registration on Wednesday, but the UN agency was able to register only 3,000.

He said many refugees turned up in the early hours in an attempt to beat the government's June 30 deadline for registration.

24 Sep 2004 description
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ADDIS ABABA, Sept 24, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Eastern Africa Locust Control Organization has made ready 3 planes to control possible desert locust infestation, Ethiopian media reported Friday.

The organization's director, Peter O. Odiyo, told the ministerial meeting that began here on Thursday that the planes will be employed to control the desert locust infestation feared to surface in the region as swarms are stretching eastward from countries in western Africa and the Red Sea areas.

13 May 2004 description
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ADDIS ABABA, May 13, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) Thursday denied troop movement around the border area of Ethiopian and Eritrean territories.

The UN made the response following reports about the peacekeepers' movements with various weapons in the border area of the Ethiopia and Eritrean territories.

Major-General Robert Gordon, force commander of the UNMEE told journalists in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that the mission haven't seen any of the reported movements in the area.