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The capital of Eritrea, in the western part of the country at an altitude of about 2,225 m (7,300 ft). It was used as a base for the Italian invasion of Ethiopia (1935-1936).


(Placename) the capital of Eritrea; cathedral (1922); Grand Mosque (1937); university (1958). Pop: 615 000 (2005 est)


(ɑsˈmɑr ə)

the capital of Eritrea, in the N part. 276,355.
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Noun1.Asmara - the capital of EritreaAsmara - the capital of Eritrea    
Eritrea, State of Eritrea - an African country to the north of Ethiopia on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993
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Produced by Afi Shamara, Nia diNata, Sekar Ayu Asmara. Executive producer, Seto Harjojudanto.
In literature, the respected travel writer Paul Theroux recently described African cities (all of them, naturally) as "anthills." Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City arrives to trouble all these notions; it is a stunning portrait of the singular architecture featured in the so-called "Miami of Africa." Every metropolis on the continent is marked by the fading traces of the colonial debacle, and Eritrea, briefly subject to Mussolini's blind rage to join the rest of Europe, is no different.
"The abuses allegedly took place at weekends, when peacekeepers stationed in the capital, Asmara, traveled to Massawa, on the coast, looking for sex," continued the Morning Herald.
The NDA found its base in Asmara and was significantly housed by the Eritrean government in the former embassy of the Sudan Government, which opposed the NIF-led government.
Despite decades of internal strife in the surrounding countryside, the Eritrean capital of Asmara still maintains strong architectural and cultural connnections with its Italian colonial past.
ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian warplanes bombed a military airstrip on the outskirts of Asmara yesterday, attacking the Eritrean capital on the scheduled opening day of the two countries' peace talks.
Asmara Nababan, a member of the eight-member Independent Inquiry Commission of East Timor Human Rights Abuses (KPP HAM), told reporters a new summons will be delivered after Wiranto's lawyers "submit in writing their request for the delay and inform us when Wiranto can come to clarify our findings." Wiranto was to have faced questioning at KPP HAM's office at the Jakarta-based National Commission on Human Rights.
Wolff of Children's Hospital in Boston and Gebremeskel Fesseha, an educator and researcher living in Asmara, Eritrea.
"We faced the same problems as Eritrea and we feel for them," said Mr Moon Tae-Ho, executive director of Keangnam Enterprises, African regional head-quarters, based in Asmara.
Chris Kutschera reports from Asmara on the formidable threat posed to the ruling regime in Sudan from political refugees based in the Eritrean capital.
Hidaat Ephrem wrote of her anticipation of her first trip back to Eritrea's capital, Asmara, in 1994:
A political rift developed between Asmara and Khartoum, however, less than a year after the EPLF had liberated Eritrea.