Displaced Ethiopians need food and aid
NAIROBI • Violence in southern Ethiopia since last month has forced more than 800,000 people to flee their homes and they need food and other aid, a report by the United Nations and the government said yesterday.
Inter-ethnic violence erupted in April around 400km south of the capital and in all, more than 1.2 million people have been forced to flee, said the report, which gave no details of casualties. The fighting is one of several conflicts fuelled by grievances over land.
Zimbabwe military vows to stay neutral
HARARE • Zimbabwe's military vowed yesterday to stay neutral in upcoming elections and denied it would influence nationwide voting scheduled for July 30 as the opposition said it would not contest unfair polls.
The military is under close scrutiny following its brief takeover in November that led to the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe. Previous elections were marred by violence, intimidation and fraud - often alleged to involve the security forces.
UN envoy meets Yemen rebel leader
SANAA • The United Nations envoy for Yemen said yesterday he had "fruitful" talks with rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi in his bid to avert all-out fighting for the strategic port city Hodeida.
In the coming days, Mr Martin Griffiths is to meet President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, whose loyalists have reached the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port city with support from Emirati troops.