Off the Horn of Africa, another migrant boat disaster on the perilous route to Yemen and the Gulf states from Somalia early in the month cost at least 60 lives
Blame the spike partly on complacency in the shipping industry, as vessels have cut down on self-protection measures
More than 4 million people, one third of the population, have fled their homes since South Sudans brutal war began in December 2013
The big question now is whether Abiy will pull Ethiopian troops from land around the frontier town of Badme, which an international commission in 2003 determined belonged to Eritrea.
2016 saw the highest level of seizures of illegally traded ivory by weight since 1989. These encouraging trends are primarily linked to developments in East Africa