Government and rebel leaders in South Sudan have signed a ceasefire – the first step towards peace in the country after five weeks of violence in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes.
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Saturday 30 July 2011
Concerns are mounting of a possible hidden famine in Eritrea while international aid agencies scramble to fill a "black hole" in information coming out of the isolated Horn of Africa nation.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Tens of thousands of Somalis have watched their land dry up after years without rain. Then the livestock died. Finally the food ran out.
Sunday 10 July 2011
All too familiar pictures of hunger in the Horn of Africa have returned to our screens as recurrent drought, soaring food prices, conflict, and entrenched poverty leave 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya without enough food and water to live.
Saturday 09 July 2011
Monday 04 July 2011
Britain has pledged to provide food for 1.3 million starving people in Ethiopia, as the country suffers its worst drought in a decade.
Saturday 02 July 2011
Tuesday 21 June 2011
North and South Sudan have signed an agreement to demilitarise the disputed Abyei region and allow in Ethiopian peacekeeping forces, former South African president Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
North and South Sudan have agreed in principle to demilitarise the disputed central Abyei region and allow the deployment of Ethiopian peacekeeping troops in the area.
Monday 06 June 2011
Mo Farah's European 10,000 metres record was yesterday described as "truly world class" by the UK's athletics chief Charles van Commenee.
Saturday 04 June 2011
Mo Farah smashed the European 10,000 metres record in winning the Prefontaine Classic at the Eugene Diamond League meeting in Oregon.
Saturday 23 April 2011
I knew I was lost when I found myself surrounded by dozens of newly-made coffins. They were piled against the walls: adult size, child size, baby size, all smelling of freshly sawn timber. Addis Ababa's merkato is a huge sprawling city-within-a-city; a market so vast that no one seems to be sure where it exactly begins or ends – and I had been wandering around it for hours.
Monday 11 April 2011
Caster Semenya powered to an impressive double at the South African championships yesterday, winning the 800 metres and 1,500 metres in the build-up to defending her 800m title at the World Championships.
Friday 01 April 2011
Ferdinand von Schirach is a prominent defence counsel in Germany. From his hundreds of cases, he has fashioned this bizarre and unsettling collection of 11 stories about crimes and their consequences. Von Schirach accepts that his debut work of fiction has sturdy roots in real events. But he has covered his trail, in this German bestseller, so as to make the source materials untraceable. The author is also the grandson of Baldur von Schirach, the half-American Nazi Gauleiter of Vienna who denounced Hitler at Nuremberg and served out 20 years in Spandau.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
1985: Birth of a charity
Friday 11 March 2011
Anyone contemplating the ravages which humans are going to effect on non-human species in the 21st century should turn their attention to a remote area of southern Ethiopia, and a small plain near the town of Negele. This is the home of a diminutive songbird which the vast majority of people in the world have never heard of and never will, but whose fate nevertheless may mark a milestone in our destruction of the planet.
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