The Ethiopian government has sentenced the journalist Eskinder Nega to eighteen years in prison.
VOA reports on protests in northern Mali against the rebel group Ansar al Din.
IRIN reports on camps for displaced persons in eastern Chad.
The African Union on intervention in Mali:
AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra told reporters: “I think there is room for negotiations and room for moving to reconcile Malians among themselves.”
He said teams from the AU and West African regional grouping ECOWAS were working to prepare for military intervention but it would be “a last resort”.
Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso continue to deal with refugee flows from Mali.
Think Africa Press on “The Battle for Edo State” in Nigeria.
According to IRIN, “About 120,000 people in the coastal, mid- and far western regions of the self-declared republic of Somaliland require emergency food assistance after four years of failed rains.”
Djibouti, host to American and French soldiers, could face terrorist attacks.
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