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African Leaders Mount Effort To Mediate Ethiopia Conflict

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Djibouti has joined the list of countries appealing for a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia`s northern region of Tigray. There has been a scuffle that some call war between Ethiopia’s central government and the Tigray regional leadership.

On Monday, the leaders of Uganda and Kenya met Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister Demeke Mekonnen and called for talks to end the conflict.

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed`s special security adviser, Gedu Andargachew, had a meeting with Djibouti’s president Ismail Omar Guelleh.

In a statement broadcast on state-owned TV, Djibouti’s foreign affairs minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said the government was following the conflict with “great concern”.

Landlocked Ethiopia uses Djibouti’s port for imports and exports, and the conflict in Ethiopia could negatively affect Djibouti’s economy.

Ethiopia has rejected mediation with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which Abiy wants to dislodge from power in the northern Tigray region.

He said the military operation was launched after the TPLF violently took control of a huge military base in Tigray, and the conflict will end once TPLF officials are arrested and prosecuted.

The TPLF says its members have been “victimized” since Abiy took office in 2018. It also accuses him of trying to impose a unitary system of government in Ethiopia.

Thousands have fled the conflict to neighbouring Sudan, which expects to receive close to 200,000 refugees.

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Research Says Most IS Attacks Happen In Africa

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The Global Terrorism Index an annual review of terrorism trends has found that sub-Saharan Africa saw the most attacks linked to the Islamic State group and its affiliates.

The review found that there were just under 14,000 deaths across the world linked to terrorism – the fifth consecutive year that figure had decreased.

The research also found that the largest decrease in deaths were in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso – where deaths rose by 590%.

It also marks Mozambique, Mali and Niger as among the countries that have had a concerning increase in terrorist attacks.

The Global Terrorism Index developed by the think tank the Institute of Economics and Peace, warned that deteriorating economic conditions could make more people susceptible to extremist propaganda.

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Fears Of Locust Swarms Grips East Africa

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There are fears of a new wave of locust swarms invasion in east Africa. This week Kenya agriculture ministry of agriculture says it was standing in readiness to tackle the problem after locusts were spotted in a region bordering Somalia.

Locust swarms are a threat to food security. Kenya and its partners have budgeted 320 million dollars to deal with locust invasion.

A UN agency –  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned of fresh waves of desert locust swarms in the horn of Africa region after cyclone Gati hit Somalia. It warned that the swarms would move south in Somalia and Ethiopia, reaching northern Kenya, from mid-December. UN says the scale of the migration could be substantial as the heavy rainfall in Somalia is expected to allow for widespread breeding.

Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region. It was the worst invasion of locusts for more than 70 years. The UN is warning that a second generation would be even be more destructive.

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Cyclone Gati Displaces Thousands In Somalia

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The United Nations Humanitarian Agency has said 42,000 persons have been displaced in Somalia by the tropical cyclone, Gati. The cyclone hit the coastal parts of northern Somalia on Sunday.

The UN agency says roads have been blocked as a result of flooding and aid is unable to get to the affected people.

The UN`s humanitarian agency citing authorities in Puntland state, Somalia estimates, that the cyclone may have directly or indirectly affected 180,000 persons.

Residents of Bossaso town are among those displaced as heavy rains continue in the coastal region.

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