Ethiopia drops charges against Oromo leader Merera, 500 others

Ethiopia on Monday said it was dropping charges against 528 political prisoners, the first such group since a decision announced earlier this month to release political prisoners. Among them is Merera Gudina, the Oromo scholar and longtime opposition leader. State-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), FANA Broadcasting and other news outlets…

UN envoy in Libya says abducted Zeidan is safe, in good health

The former prime minister of Libya, released after a week-long abduction and disappearance, is safe and in good health, according to information released Wednesday by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The mission said that Ghassan Salame, the new UN special envoy to Libya, has spoken with Ali…