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73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 percent of the presidential vote.

Some 215,000 citizens are registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen to pose little threat to the strongman.

Suspicion falls on Israel after Iran ship blast

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Suspicion falls on Israel after Iran ship blast

US media reported Israel had struck an Iranian ship in the Red Sea.

UN urges 'maximum restraint' after blast hits Iran ship

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UN urges 'maximum restraint' after blast hits Iran ship

The UN called for "maximum restraint" in the Middle East after an explosion on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea.

Al-Shabaab wants attacks on US, French interests in <em>Djibouti</em>

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Al-Shabaab wants attacks on US, French interests in Djibouti

Leader of jihadist group Al-Shabaab Abou Obaida Ahmad Omar has called for "attacks" against French and American interests in Djibouti a ...

Faisal Ali

Turkey's growing influence in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: In the last decade, Turkey has moved from being a peripheral country with little presence in the Horn of Africa to one of the region's most indispensable partners.

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Migrants demand international probe into deadly Yemen fire

Othman Gilto, head of the Ethiopian community in Sanaa, called for an international investigation into the fire that broke in a migrant facility ...

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UN urges Houthis to allow access to injured migrants

The UN has called on the Houthi rebels to allow them access to treat migrants, mainly from Ethiopia, who were injured in a fire.

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Eight dead in fire at Yemen migrant facility

At least eight migrants and guards died during a fire that started on Sunday at a migrants holding facility in Sanaa

20 Yemen-bound migrants dead after thrown into sea: IOM

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20 Yemen-bound migrants dead after thrown into sea: IOM

Smugglers reportedly panicked after 200 migrants packed onto a vessel which left Djibouti for Yemen, throwing 80 into the sea, ...

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US, Russia warships dock in strategic Sudan port

US and Russia sent warships to dock in Sudan port after Washington delisted Khartoum as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Covid-19 sparks drop in east Africa migration to Gulf

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Covid-19 sparks drop in east Africa migration to Gulf

The number of migrants making the risky crossing through Yemen to the oil-rich Gulf states has dropped by three-quarters.

Ethiopia-Sudan tensions rise amid regional mediation offers

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Ethiopia-Sudan tensions rise amid regional mediation offers

Turkey and the African Union have stepped up efforts to calm tensions between Addis Abada and Khartoum.

Yemen rebels 'ready' for UN mission to repair tanker

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Yemen rebels 'ready' for UN mission to repair tanker

Houthi rebels said they are 'ready' to allow a UN mission to inspect a fuel tanker that has been abandoned since 2015 and can cause a massive ...

For some Muslims, hope, uncertainty after travel ban lifted

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For some Muslims, hope, uncertainty after travel ban lifted

The lifting of the 'Muslim ban' provided hope for many, but thousands were rejected visas over its nearly four-year course with no idea whether ...

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

What Biden's presidency means for the Horn of Africa

Analysis: Biden may have no choice but to make difficult decisions against the backdrop of Ethiopia's civil war, the Nile Dam dispute, as well as Sudan's fragile political transition.

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Sudan, Ethiopia start border talks one week after clash

Talks to demarcate the border between Sudan and Ethiopia started talks on Tuesday, just a week after deadly clashes in the disputed area.

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Sudan-Ethiopia border demarcation talks set for Tuesday

Negotiations between Sudan and Ethiopia are expected to be held on Tuesday.

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Sudan PM: regional meeting on Ethiopia conflict agreed

Sudan's premier said he had agreed with his counterpart in Addis Ababa to hold an urgent meeting of a bloc of east African countries to resolve ...

Saudi normalisation with Israel 'inevitable': Kushner

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Saudi normalisation with Israel 'inevitable': Kushner

Saudi Arabia will 'inevitably' establish ties with Israel, Jared Kushner said.

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Trump orders pullout of troops from Somalia

US President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of most US troops from Somalia.

Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

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Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

A Biden administration is considering taking troops out from Somalia.

Houthis confirm green light for UN tanker repair mission

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Houthis confirm green light for UN tanker repair mission

Yemen has been given the all clear to inspect and repair an abandoned fuel tanker.

Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021

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Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021

Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, will be the venue of a special 22-team Arab Cup next year.

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