Hard-hit Djibouti delays plan to ease coronavirus lockdown measures

2020-05-11 11:43

Djibouti, the tiny Horn of Africa nation with the highest number of coronavirus cases on the continent per capita, has reversed course on a plan to begin lifting lockdown measures this week, saying it was premature.

Death toll at 52 after migrant boats sink off Djibouti

2019-01-31 13:12

The death toll from the sinking of two boats carrying migrants to Yemen from Djibouti rose to 52, the UN migration agency has said, appealing to regional leaders to take action to stop such tragedies.

Five dead, 130 missing as 2 migrant boats sink off Djibouti: IOM

2019-01-29 21:31

Five people are dead and about 130 missing off the coast of Djibouti after two boats carrying migrants capsized, the UN migration agency has said.

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia

2018-11-15 16:45

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries - but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabaab militants.

UN chief praises meeting of Djibouti, Eritrea

2018-09-18 13:21

The UN chief Antonio Guterres has hailed a summit between Djibouti and Eritrea in Saudi Arabia, voicing hope in a statement that it would help create "greater peace" in the region.

Djibouti hails 'new era' of ties with foe Eritrea

2018-09-06 20:15

Djibouti has hailed a new era in its relations with rival Eritrea, whose foreign minister paid a surprise visit to the country as part of a regional bid to soothe tensions between the neighbours.

Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of Bashir visits

2018-07-12 16:05

Sudan summoned the European Union ambassador to its country to protest against an EU statement criticising Uganda and Djibouti for hosting its President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Hope for peace as Ethiopia backs down in Eritrea standoff

2018-06-07 21:07

Ethiopia's surprise declaration that it will implement a nearly 20-year-old peace agreement with its neighbour Eritrea could spell an end to a long cold war that has damaged both countries, analysts say.

UN extends African peace mission in Somalia

2018-05-16 16:18

A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, has received unanimous Security Council backing until July 31.

China floods Africa with needed dollars, stoking US concern

2018-03-10 17:58

The United States is sounding the alarm that the Chinese money flooding Africa comes with significant strings attached


Covid-19 wrap: Worldwide death toll ticks past 190 000, US prods China again and cases surge in Djibouti

2020-04-24 12:07

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has crossed 190 000, with nearly two-thirds of the fatalities in Europe, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources.

30 bodies of migrants found after boats capsize off Djibouti

2019-01-30 18:44

Thirty bodies have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the UN migration agency has said

Burundi military opposes Somali withdrawal plan

2018-12-24 19:58

The Burundi army has said it opposed a request by the African Union that it withdraw 1,000 soldiers serving in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by February 28.

In Africa, praise for Saudi Arabia reveals diplomatic dance

2018-10-24 13:42

As shocking details in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi approached a crescendo, the war-torn nation of South Sudan this week issued a rare foreign ministry statement.

Djibouti nationalises key port terminal after row with Dubai

2018-09-11 12:18

Djibouti has ordered the nationalisation of the Doraleh Container Terminal, a vital port facility, after a long spat with leading global operator Dubai Ports World.

Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted

2018-07-31 13:25

Eritrea and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, both countries have announced in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region, while Somalia's leader called for sanctions on Eritrea to be removed.

Djibouti launches 'Africa's biggest free trade zone'

2018-07-05 19:03

Djibouti on Thursday launched the first phase of Africa's biggest free-trade zone, seeking to capitalise on its strategic position on one of the world's busiest trade routes.

At least 18 dead after cyclone hits Horn of Africa

2018-05-21 19:59

Flooding and strong winds caused by a tropical cyclone left at least 18 people dead and thousands homeless across two countries in the Horn of Africa, an aid agency has said.

US files complaint over Chinese laser use in Djibouti

2018-05-04 15:33

The Pentagon says the US has issued a formal complaint to China over the use of lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two American pilots.

Tillerson aims to show US cares despite Trump's Africa slur

2018-03-08 10:31

President Donald Trump hasn't spoken much about Africa, and what he's said has been far from flattering. It falls to his top diplomat, on his first official visit to the continent, to show the US still cares.

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