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2006-08-19 08:10:19

By Tsegaye Tadesse OMERATE, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Ethiopians marooned on small outcrops above flooded plains refused to abandon livestock despite rescuers' pleas on Saturday. Special forces, sliding down ropes from helicopters and airdropping aid, tried to rescue people trapped by flash floods that have killed nearly 900 people and displaced almost 50,000 across the Horn of Africa nation this month. Stranded on hillocks by the floodwaters, herders in the southwestern town...

2006-08-11 04:19:32

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday its army had killed 13 rebels and caught other commanders of an eastern separatist movement after they crossed from Somalia. Separately, Kenya announced the capture of 45 members of a another Ethiopian rebel group operating in the south, while an Ethiopian general who defected to Eritrea was quoted as saying he plans to take up arms against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The captured members of the eastern Ogaden...

2006-08-07 08:30:15

By Tsegaye Tadesse DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 people are dead and hundreds more missing after floods swept through an eastern Ethiopian town over the weekend, police said on Monday. The Dechatu river burst its banks and flooded the town of Dire Dawa on Saturday night, drowning and trapping people in the sandy debris as they slept. The death toll has been mounting alongside a police recovery operation using bulldozers. "One hundred and ninety-one people are dead, and...

2006-07-26 07:16:16

By Mohamed Ali Bile and Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist leaders met in Mogadishu on Wednesday to decide whether to return to talks with the fragile interim government that many see as the only hope for averting war in the Horn of Africa country. The closed-door meeting in Mogadishu came a day after U.N. special envoy to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, met both sides to try to secure their commitment to attend a second round of negotiations in Sudan next week. "After a...

2006-06-20 11:09:37

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Somalia's interim president arrived in Ethiopia on Tuesday to press for African Union (AU) peacekeepers to be sent to his country, despite resistance from Mogadishu's new Islamist rulers. Tension has risen since the weekend between the Islamists and both the interim government headed by President Abdullahi Yusuf and its Ethiopian backers. But the interim government said on Tuesday it had appointed a 10-man committee to talk to Islamic...

2006-06-17 07:24:46

By Andrew Cawthorne JOWHAR, Somalia (Reuters) - About 300 Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia on Saturday, a top Islamist said, after Islamic fighters who wrested control of Mogadishu moved inland toward the seat of Somalia's interim government. Somalia's interim President Abdullahi Yusuf, a former warlord, is closely allied with Addis Ababa, which was instrumental in his election after peace talks in Kenya in 2004. "There are Ethiopian troops just past the border and coming in,"...

2006-06-17 07:19:56

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia on Saturday denied sending troops into Somalia, which Islamists who recently seized control of a large swathe of the country had accused them of doing earlier. "Ethiopia has not crossed the border. So far, the fundamentalists have occupied Baladwayne and are marching toward the Ethiopian border. Ethiopia hopes that they will not cross the border," Bereket Simon, a minister without portfolio and close ally of Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi said.

2006-03-15 09:02:35

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A verdict in the genocide trial against Ethiopia's exiled former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam is due on May 23 after 14 years of proceedings, a court said on Wednesday. Mengistu -- who fled to Zimbabwe in 1991 after guerrilla forces led by now Prime Minister Meles Zenawi ousted his 17-year-old Marxist regime -- is being tried in absentia. He and other members of a notoriously brutal military junta are accused of killing of more than 1,000...

2006-03-14 07:45:07

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia jails more journalists than almost any other African country with 16 behind bars and most facing treason and genocide charges that could lead to the death penalty, a rights body said on Tuesday. Julia Crawford, Africa program coordinator for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), also said she feared the detained journalists might not get a fair trial. Most were arrested in the aftermath of disputed elections in May 2005 when thousands...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.