Djibouti - updates

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China rejects US military claims of laser attacks on pilots

May 04, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Beijing, which operates a naval base in the Horn of Africa country, denies Pentagon accusations that Chinese personnel have targeted US pilots with the beams

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U.S. defense secretary visits key ally Qatar

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:33 PM

The visit to Doha is part of a regional tour that has included stops in Saudi Arabia Egypt and Israel

DEFENSE CHIEF. US Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Djibouti's Guelleh re-elected with landslide win

Apr 09, 2016 - 5:01 PM

Ismail Omar Guelleh who has been in power since 1999 wins another term in a landslide election that was not without its controversies

epa04958025 Ismael Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, delivers his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, 30 September 2015. EPA/JASON SZENES

Tiny Djibouti thinks big with China-backed infrastructure splurge

Apr 06, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Economists warn Djibouti is becoming too dependent on China but its foreign minister says countries can only develop if they have infrastructure

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 27, 2016 shows containers and a general view of the port of Djibouti. Djibouti has been in the lucrative position of offering landlocked Ethiopia its only access to the sea since Ethiopia went to war with Eritrea next door in 1998. During the two-year conflict, Addis Ababa relied on Djibouti's main port to import weapons. Since then Ethiopia's economy has grown exponentially, and with it the tide of imports flowing through Djibouti to the country of 97 million people, which accounts for 86 percent of all goods transiting through Djiboutian ports. / AFP / Simon MAINA

Blast on Somalia airplane 'was caused by bomb'

Feb 07, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Somali security forces have made several arrests in connection with the attack

GAPING HOLE. A picture made available February 5, 2016 shows a damaged passenger plane at the airport of Mogadishu, Somalia, February 2, 2016. Goobjog News/EPA

200 million girls and women living with FGM – UNICEF

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Of the 200 million female genital mutilation victims 44 million are girls age 14 and younger

South Sudan's Kiir signs peace deal despite doubts

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The signing ceremony is held in the capital Juba under the threat of UN sanctions if Kiir fails to put his name to the accord

In this file photo, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (L) looks on during a peace meeting held with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 10, 2014. Daniel Getachew/EPA

No South Sudan peace but president dodges sanctions for now

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED South Sudan s government refuse to sign a peace deal with rebels despite the threat of international sanctions but will return to finalize an agreement within 15 days

MEETING FOR PEACE. Rebel chief Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan's President (C) attend peace deal talks in Addis Ababa on August 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Iran aid ship to dock in Yemen May 21 – captain

May 17, 2015 - 6:01 PM

The ship s mission is overshadowed by US calls for it to head to a UN emergency relief hub in Djibouti instead of docking in the Yemeni port of Hodeida

'Bullets hit our car': Pakistani recalls terrifying Yemen escape

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:32 PM

We moved from the airport area there was too much shelling at that time – two bullets hit our car tanks were moving They were firing but we had to save our lives

HOME. Pakistanis and other foreign nationals who were evacuated by a Pakistani Navy vessel from Yemen hold a placard reading in Urdu 'Long Live Pakistan Navy' as they arrive in port city of Karachi, Pakistan, 07 April 2015. Rehan Khan/EPA

Aid arrives for Somalia's cyclone hit Puntland region

Nov 19, 2013 - 3:59 PM

The local government in the semi autonomous region has said as many as 300 people were feared to have been killed in the aftermath of the storm