The president's ties to military and security forces, as well as his hardline foreign policy, are among the factors cited for his support from the country's supreme leader.
Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.
The aging craft, heading toward the Strait of Malacca, is an unlikely player in what is fast becoming an international drama.
Religious charities with extremist ties or sympathies are winning favor among displaced people for their speedy aid work.
Some 280,000 refugees remain detained, a month after fighting stopped. A national probe into war abuses was shut down this week.
The US is tracking the cargo carrier as it moves through the Pacific, but the interdiction called for by the UN will prove tricky.
The last rebel group has laid down its guns, but land disputes are complicating their reintegration.
A swirling 'soup' of tiny pieces of plastic has been found in the Atlantic Ocean, and something similar may be present in other ocean areas as well.
As tens of thousands marched in Tehran Wednesday, the government moved to recount ballots and crack down on bloggers and news websites.