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How an Ethiopia-backed port is changing power dynamics in the Horn of Africa

When Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Ethiopia became landlocked and therefore dependent on its neighbours - especially Djibouti - for access to international markets. This dependency has hampered Ethiopia's aspiration to emerge as the uncontested regional power in the Horn of

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Report: China 'Quietly' Expands Military Presence in Africa

Communist China is covertly intensifying its military footprint across Africa, reports Voice of America (VOA), echoing recent comments from the top U.S. commander on the continent. "[Chinese leader] Xi Jinping is carving out an increasingly assertive role for China on the world stage," Peter Fabrici


Africa deserves better than what Tillerson went to give

Turns out Rex Tillerson's voyage to Africa was the trip of no return. His tenure as secretary of state is finally ending, but with a whimper. His last hurrah as the top U.S. diplomat came in the form of a half-baked tour to Djibouti, Kenya, Chad, Nigeria and Ethiopia - all key U.S. allies on securit


UAE to train Somaliland forces under military base deal - Somaliland president

FILE PHOTO: A man with body paint in the colours of the Somaliland flagThomson Reuters By Alexander Cornwell ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will train Somaliland security forces as part of a deal to establish a military base in the semi-autonomous region, Somaliland's presid


DP World profits reach $1.2 billion as port operator expands

Global port operator DP World profits rose by 7 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2017 as the company expands in India, Brazil, the Horn of Africa and other parts of the world. The company announced on Thursday that revenue climbed 13 percent to $4.7 billion last year, compared to $4.16 billion in 2


A Yemeni's harrowing journey through the 'Gate of Tears'

Obock, Djibouti - With just the clothes on his back and $7 to his name, Abdullah Muhammad says it's a "miracle" he managed to make it out of Yemen alive. Standing in the blistering heat of a parched, dusty road in Obock, the holes in his jeans and sweat dripping from his worn-out shirt are the only


Djibouti Sees Chinese Involvement in Port as No Threat to U.S.

The Doraleh harbor in Djibouti. Djibouti's government will embrace greater Chinese involvement in the nation's ports and sees no reasons for U.S. concern that its strategic interests may be threatened, Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh said. The Horn of Africa country is embroiled in a dispute with DP


Djibouti Says Its Container Port to Remain in State Hands

NAIROBI - Djibouti's container port will remain in state hands as the government seeks investment, a senior official said on Wednesday in comments likely to reassure Washington where lawmakers say they fear it could be ceded to China. The Doraleh Container Terminal is a key asset for Djibouti, a tin


From Jokes to Near Tears, Tillerson's Final Brush With Diplomacy

At a refueling stop in Cape Verde on his way home from an exhausting visit across Africa, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson walked through howling winds late Monday night toward the airport's V.I.P. terminal, where he pulled up a chair and started telling jokes to the reporters who had traveled wi


Trump fired America's top diplomat during his first official visit to Africa

Rex Tillerson's first trip to Africa as US secretary of state has also turned out to be his final one. President Donald Trump reportedly asked Tillerson to step aside sometime last Friday (Mar. 9), after he had arrived in Kenya from Djibouti. Tillerson will be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. O


Somalia bans Dubai ports operator DP World, says contract with Somaliland null

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia has banned Dubai ports operator DP World from operating in Somalia, saying that a contract that the company signed last year with the breakaway Somaliland region to develop an economic zone is null and void. It is unclear how Somalia's federal government could enforce


Tillerson ends Africa trip vowing US backing against terror

Abuja (AFP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought his truncated maiden Africa trip to a close on Monday, promising the full backing of the United States to two countries on the frontline of the war on terror. Washington's top diplomat has been on a five-country tour of east and west Africa but


Tillerson Flies to Chad, Nigeria

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, Monday where he will meet with Chadian President Idriss Deby. Later Monday, the top U.S. diplomat flies to Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to confer with Nigerian President Muhammadu Bahari. Tillerson resumed his normal sch


Ali Mohamed: Ethiopia needs US, international intervention

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is wrapping up a visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria to talk with African leaders about counterterrorism, trade and investment on a continent rich in oil and natural resources, according to the State Department. Absent from his agenda were human righ


Modeste Boukadia warns of China’s influence in the Republic of Congo

An opposition leader some call the "rising Nelson Mandela" of central Africa says Washington must "stand firm against" Chinese influence over African nations, lest Beijing cement itself as the most dominant outside power on the resource-rich continent. "Africa is the partner of tomorrow and if we're


World View: General Warns of U.S. Security Danger if China Acquires Djibouti Seaport

Djibouti is strategically located at the mouth of the Red Sea, with access to the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean The government of Djibouti made a shock announcement in February that it was canceling its contract with Dubai's DP World, and was seizing control of Djibouti's strategic port at the en


It Is Reported Tillerson Was Not Told About Meeting With Kim Until After Announcement

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today during his Africa trip that he spoke with President Trump on his decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un after it was announced by South Korean officials and the administration. Speaking in Djibouti alongside Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Y


China's growing African footprint could lock the US out from its lone Africa base

He Turned on Al Qaeda. Now He's on Food Stamps and Needs a Job On the days before and after US secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on his first official trip to Africa, one issue has risen as the main concern among American officials: China's ascendant role in the African continent. Load Error


Africa: U.S. and Russia in Africa

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both visited Ethiopia but appear not to have met. DW spoke to Chatham House expert Alex Vines about the two ministerial visits. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stayed at the


Illness sidelines US secretary of state for a day in Africa

Kenyan girls attend an event for DREAMS, a U.S. funded public-private partnership to reduce HIV infections among vulnerable girls and young women, at a site supported by PEPFAR, the U.S. program to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, at the St John's Community Centre in the Pumwani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sat