Ethiopia's government says 35 people have been arrested for plotting a coup masterminded by Dr. Berhanu Nega, an opposition leader who was jailed in 2005 after disputing the outcome of an election and is now exiled in the US.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (pictured) arrived in Ethiopia Tuesday on his sixth foreign trip since an International Criminal Court arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with alleged war crimes committed in Darfur.
New Somali president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed bowed to Islamist insurgents' demand to introduce Sharia law to the country on Saturday in exchange for a truce deal, after some of the bloodiest clashes in Mogadishu since the moderate Islamist was elected.
Nearly 50 civilians have died in two days of fighting in Mogadishu, as well as in the south central town of Hudur. This comes just days after new President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed returned to Mogadishu to set up his new unity government.
Ahead of Sunday's summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the 53-nation African Union called for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to "help ease the humanitarian situation" in the country.
The Ethiopian government has ruled out sending troops back to Somalia despite a hardline Islamist group's takeover of Baidoa, the seat of the Somali parliament and the last town vacated by Ethiopian forces earlier this month.
Ethiopian soldiers, who moved into Somalia in 2006 to fight an Islamist insurgency, have completed the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, according to a senior Ethiopian government official.
Ethiopian soldiers, who moved into Somalia in 2006 to oppose the rise of Islamist militias, have pulled out of the the war-torn country's capital. A Somali government spokesman said they had "fully withdrawn".