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Eritrea Welcomes Ethiopia's Olive Branch, Raising Hopes of Breakthrough - U.S. News & World Report

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa's most intractable military stand-offs on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as "positive signals". Speaking ...

US withdrawal leaves vacuum at UN rights forum - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - China, Britain and the European Union lamented on Wednesday Washington's decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council as Western countries began looking for a substitute for the coveted seat. The name place sign of the ...and more »

Canadians can't light up yet, justice minister warns after 'historic' bill to legalize pot passes -

The Senate has passed a contentious bill to legalize pot — but Canadians won't be allowed to legally light up for several weeks yet, to give provinces time to set up a retail regime, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould warned today. Last night ...

Children delight as refugees build Ferris wheels in Rohingya camps -

Young Rohingya refugees have been filmed playing on a newly-built makeshift Ferris wheel in their camp in Bangladesh. Footage shared online by British Red Cross aid worker Julia Brothwell shows a line of children awaiting their turn in front of one of ...

Taliban Kill Dozens of Afghan Soldiers, as Cease-Fires Give Way to Violence - New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 30 Afghan soldiers were killed in a single Taliban attack in the northwest of the country early Wednesday, officials said, indicating an end to a brief lull in violence after both sides agreed to unilateral cease-fires ...

European states meet to tackle deepening migration rifts - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Germany, Italy, Austria and other EU states will meet on Sunday to try to end a deadlock on migration policy which has brought to a head bitter political divisions in the bloc. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German ...

45 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, which quickly retaliates - Los Angeles Times

Sirens rang out throughout the night in southern Israel early Wednesday as 45 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israel to launch counterattacks, Israeli authorities said. No casualties were reported in Israel, according to army ...

Erdogan's election rivals struggle to be heard in Turkey's media - Reuters

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's main state-run TV station devoted 67 hours of airtime to President Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party last month in the run-up to elections, according to two opposition members of television watchdog RTUK.

The unseen hand of China in Africa's largest economy - Quartz

Sometimes a throwaway sentence is more illuminating than it ought to be. A line in an article in Roads & Kingdoms in January about the Chinese in Lagos did just that. Near the end of the piece, the author wrote: On my final night in Lagos, Fang invites ...and more »

Bringing home the Benin Bronzes: Nigeria open to loans rather than a permanent return -

Nigeria could accept the temporary loan of a collection of exquisite bronze sculptures rather than their permanent return by European institutions, including the British Museum, officials have said. The prospect of a loan, rather than full restitution ...and more »