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OXFAM Scotland today launches a fresh appeal to stop millions starving to death in east Africa.
A MISSILE slammed through the roof of a Mogadishu children's hospital yesterday, where 20-30 adult civilians were sheltering after being wounded in fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian troops allied to the Somali government.
GUNMEN killed 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese in their sleep yesterday in a pre- dawn raid on an oilfield that Ethiopia blamed on rebels backed by its regional foe, Eritrea.
THE FIVE Western tourists kidnapped in Ethiopia nearly two weeks ago have been freed and are safe, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett announced this afternoon.
ETHIOPIA'S prime minister yesterday urged the unknown kidnappers of four Britons and a French woman to give up their captives.
A TEAM of British officials set off into Ethiopia's north-eastern desert yesterday in an attempt to trace five Britons kidnapped during a sight-seeing tour.
ERITREAN forces were yesterday accused of kidnapping a group of tourists, including five Britons, in a remote part of Ethiopia, and taking them to a military camp.
IT IS one of the most remote regions of the world with temperatures soaring to 50C (122F) and active volcanos spewing poisonous gases.
AN ETHIOPIAN court spared exiled ageing former Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam from the death penalty yesterday, giving him life in prison for genocide during his 17-year rule.
A JOINT force of government and Ethiopian troops advanced to within 18 miles of the Islamist-held Somali capital, Mogadishu, yesterday and revealed plans to besiege the city rather than attack it.
ETHIOPIA yesterday claimed it was halfway to victory against Somali Islamic militiamen and could seize their Mogadishu stronghold within days following a week of war in the Horn of Africa.
ETHIOPIAN warplanes attacked two Islamic-extremist held airfields in Somalia yesterday, witnesses said, in the most dramatic strikes yet of a war threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa.
THE former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was found guilty in absentia of genocide yesterday after the 12-year trial of one of Africa's bloodiest governments.
SOMALIA'S Islamic militias yesterday warned Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from the Horn of Africa nation within a week or face war.
UNITED Nations secretary general Kofi Annan says persistent conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea represents a "classic example of the tragedy" of Africa and warned that world attention was needed to keep another war from erupting between the neighbours.
Ethiopian troops have seized Bur Hakaba, a strategic town in Somalia.
IRISH Red Cross worker Donal O'Suilleabhain has been released by the armed group which was holding him captive in Ethiopia.
RESCUERS in helicopters threw ropes and emergency aid to stranded Ethiopians yesterday after many scrambled on to rooftops and trees to escape floods that have killed 900 and marooned tens of thousands.