- The African Union leadership has pleaded with the United Nations to slap Eritrea with sanctions for allegedly backing Islamist insurgency seeking to overthrow the fragile Somali Transitional Government.
A statement released by the AU summit in Libya appealed to the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on all outside actors including Eritrea, which provide support to armed groups in the war torn Somalia.
Further the summit requested the UN Security Council to impose a sea blockade and no-fly zone to stop weapons and other supplies reaching the Somali Islamists.
The Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) meeting held in Addis Ababa last month said the intervention of Eritrea in Somalia was adding fuel to the conflict in that country.
The meeting said Eritrea is playing role in support of the terrorist groups by providing various assistance, including trainings and infiltrating terrorists to the region.
However, Eritrea has always denied providing weapons and training to the rebels but admitted political support to Somalia.
In late June, Eritrea slammed the US government for providing weapons to the Somalia government saying the US intervention in Somalia has failed to bring stability in the Horn of Africa state.
Eritrea has been a menace in the Horn of Africa having been involved in two serious conflicts on border demarcation with its neighbours.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
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afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.