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2006-06-30 07:40:00

By Ed Harris DAHLAK KEBIR, Eritrea (Reuters) - Shoals of jackfish and snapper emerge from the gloom of the scuttled, rusting warship as visitors snorkel past. A short distance away, angelfish and sweetlips glide above the coral, a turtle slips beneath the surface, and dolphins chase a small boat carrying captivated tourists. "Unbelievable, spectacular," said Alessandro Palmero, a diplomat with the European Commission and regular visitor to the Dahlak Islands off Eritrea, after a dive. "First,...

2006-06-19 13:19:50

ASMARA (Reuters) - Sudan's government and eastern rebels signed a pact to cease hostilities and agreed a framework for future talks on Monday to end a long-simmering insurgency in the remote but economically important region. Long-delayed talks between the Khartoum government and the eastern rebels began last week in neighboring Eritrea. Eastern rebels, allied with other regional Sudanese rebel groups, have controlled Hamesh Koreb, a small area on the Eritrean-Sudan border for around...

2006-06-13 05:34:55

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Rebels from Sudan's east will open their first talks with the Khartoum government on Tuesday in neighboring Eritrea, hoping to resolve the simmering conflict in the gold-rich area, officials said. Eastern rebels, allied with other regional Sudanese rebel groups, have controlled Hamesh Koreb, a small area on the Eritrea-Sudan border for around a decade. The east, which contains Sudan's only port, is the only peripheral area not to have begun...

2006-06-01 03:19:49

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia heaped blame on its neighbor Eritrea on Thursday for an impasse over their disputed border which has provoked the United Nations into trimming its peacekeeping force there by nearly a third. "Had it not been for Eritrea's belligerence and adamant positions, the crisis would have been resolved much earlier," senior government minister Bereket Simon told Reuters. He was responding to a U.N. Security Council vote on Wednesday to reduce troops in Ethiopia...

2006-05-26 03:29:21

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Sudan's government and eastern rebels will hold talks in Asmara next month to try to end a simmering insurgency in the remote but economically important region, Eritrean officials said. Khartoum -- which signed a peace agreement with southern rebels in 2005 and has also faced an insurgency in its western Darfur region -- will begin negotiations on June 13 with the Eastern Front, Eritrea's official Web site shabait.com said. Eastern rebels, whose revolt has rumbled...

2006-05-22 18:29:23

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States pressed the Security Council on Monday to scale back the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea by the end of the month after the Horn of Africa neighbors failed to make progress last week in meeting council demands. Russia, however, opposed trimming the 3,300-strong U.N. force preserving a shaky peace between the former foes after their two-year border war, which ended in a 2000 peace deal. U.N. peacekeeping...

2006-05-22 04:54:44

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has released three members of the east's main political party, a key opposition demand before peace talks can be held in neighboring Eritrea to end the simmering revolt, a party official said on Monday. "The three who were arrested about two months ago in Kassala were released yesterday," said Abdullah Moussa Abdullah, general-secretary of the Opposition Beja Congress Party in Port Sudan. He added they were the last of the political prisoners being held in...

2006-05-01 09:29:25

By Andrew Cawthorne WAJID, Somalia (Reuters) - Only 20 percent of an emergency $426 million appeal to prevent a catastrophe for millions of people in the drought-hit Horn of Africa has been raised, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. Kjell Magne Bondevik, the U.N. special humanitarian envoy for the Horn of Africa, said 8 million people in the Horn need immediate aid and 7 million more are at risk if donors do not come up with the funding. "It is a silent tsunami. That is why the...

2006-05-01 07:35:00

By Ed Harris ASMARA, Eritrea (Reuters) - Tending graves knee-deep in dry grass and purple flowers, Eritrea's last native Jew clutches memories of a forgotten community. Sami Cohen was born 58 years ago in the tiny Horn of Africa state into a vibrant Jewish community, but death, war and emigration have left him all alone in Asmara, a city overlooking the Red Sea. "A lot of people, a lot of friends, a lot of parents, a lot of families," he says with a shrug. "Now they are all gone. You can...

2006-04-11 17:51:05

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members have agreed to decide by mid-May on a plan for scaling back the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia if the two former foes fail to resolve their differences in the next few weeks, council diplomats said on Tuesday. In a resolution set to be adopted by the 15-nation council on Thursday, the council would state its intention to review the mission's role and troop levels by May 15 "in the event it...

Latest Eritrea Reference Libraries

2008-02-05 14:33:28

The Spotted Sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus), is a species of bird in the Pteroclididae family of birds. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Western Sahara.

2007-01-02 11:34:00

The Savannah Monitor, varanus exanthematicus, is a lizard which habitat extends from Senegal as far as Eritrea and northern Zaire. The majority of lizard skin used in the leather trade is derived from this species. This is a robust creature, with powerful limbs used for digging. It grows to lengths in excess of 4 to 5 feet and in some instances can cause deep lacerations with its claws and tail, although these are usually unintentional traits. Its diet is wide-ranging, including giant...

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