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Tourist season off to a promising start

Judging by the bookings for hotels in northern Ethiopia, industry players are predicting a good start with the onset of the October- January high season, giving hope to the ailing Ethiopian tourism sector. Several tour operators from Germany, France, Italy,[...] Continue reading
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Over 100,000 South Sudanese refugees relocated in Ethiopia’s camps

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted the Ethiopian government in relocating to refugee camps more than 100,000 South Sudanese who fled renewed conflict in the world’s youngest nation, since September 2016. Sudan Tribune[...] Continue reading
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher’s ceiling collapses

While Ethiopian orthodox followers in different parts of the world are preparing to commemorate the finding of the True Cross, Meskel on Tuesday, there will not be any ceremony at the Holy Sepulcher in East Jerusalem that hosts the small[...] Continue reading
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Rimbaud selon Harar on stage

The Alliance Ethio-Française in Addis Ababa will present a theater entitled, Rimbaud selon Harar, which will take place on September 28. The performance will be in French; it is free and open to the public. Rimbaud selon Harar is a[...] Continue reading
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I am not as rich as they say: Azeb Mesfin

Meles Zenawi’s widow, Azeb Mesin who allegedly has stakes in several companies and businesses in the country, says that she is not as rich as as it is often claimed. “I live with my monthly income and within my means,”[...] Continue reading
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Indian farm conglomerate closes operations

Karuturi Global Ltd., the Indian farm conglomerate that has been active in Ethiopia for the past seven years after acquiring more than 100,000 ha to produce food for foreign markets halted its investment activity and left country, the CEO Ramakrishna[...] Continue reading
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Somalia regional police killed 16 people in Bale

Heavily armed Somalia regional police force carried out violent raid yesterday, killing 16 people at Ode-Araga village in Dawe Qachan district in Bale, communication officer of the district, Kedir Wado told VOA.[...] Continue reading
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Zadig Abraha given new post

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has named Zadig Abraha as his media and public relations delivery unit head under the rank of minister.[...] Continue reading
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Meet the team

The BBC World Service has launched websites for three Ethiopian languages, the Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya this week. The launch of radio programmes in the three languages would be followed in a few months.[...] Continue reading
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Number of displaced reached 55,000

55,000 Oromo people have been displaced in just four days as a result of the fighting that has flared between ethnic Oromos and Somalis, according to the Oromia regional communication director, Addisu Arega.[...] Continue reading
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Deadly ethnic violence in around Bule-Hora

Ethnic clashes in and around Bule-Hora (formerly called Hagere Mariam), the largest town between Dilla and Yabello are reported to have left at least 12 people dead and 15 others injured. An old conflict between the agro-pastoralist Guji Oromos and[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia ranked as 41th most powerful military in the world

The list of the globe’s most potent armies ranks the United States as the most powerful military in the world, with a power index rating of 0.0857. The US is estimated to have almost 5,884 tanks at its disposal and[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia’s tense ethnic federalism is being tested again

The federal republic of Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most daring constitutional experiments. The radical idea—that by institutionalizing ethnic divisions the country might peacefully overcome them—was a gamble from the outset. The doubters have largely been proven wrong: Ethiopia’s distinct[...] Continue reading
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Thousands flee Somali region

Thousands of Oromo people residing in the Somali region have fled, crowded in truck convoys on Thursday following clashes between ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, according to witnesses. Forty vehicles carrying women, children and old men crowded around truck convoys[...] Continue reading
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At Least 32 Killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia, Somali Regions

At least 32 people have been killed in clashes across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, a former Ethiopian lawmaker said. Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Boqor Ali Omar Allale said at[...] Continue reading
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Government admits deaths, property damages during protests

Ethiopian government admitted that there were deaths and property damages in yesterday’s anti-paramilitary forces in various towns of Oromia region.[...] Continue reading
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Protests in Oromia regions against paramilitary forces, Liyu police: Reports

Protests erupted in Oromia regions against paramilitary forces, known as Liyu police, according to reports. Large demonstrations were held this morning at Aweday, Deder, Kobo, Chelenko towns in Hararghe, according to various reports and confirmed by head of Oromia Communication[...] Continue reading
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Teddy Afro’s Mar Eske Tuaf ማር እስከ ጧፍ (ፍቅር እስከ መቃብር) video released

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Community pulls water-thirsty invasive weeds from Ethiopia’s Lake Tana

Last week thousands of people in northwest Ethiopia marched to Abay River and Lake Tana as part of the “Save Lake Tana” movement to remove invasive water hyacinth by hand. The free-floating, water-thirsty perennial can grow up to three feet[...] Continue reading
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Jano band members disbanding over disputes of ownership

Jano Band, a full band and one Ethiopia’s prime acts, is disbanding, Ethiopia Observer learnt. After 6 years together, the Jano band members are splitting up over disputes over ownership of the band name and financial problems.[...] Continue reading
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Fighting between Somalia and Oromo regional forces spread to Bale and Borena

Sporadic fighting has flared up between the Somali regional government armed forces and Oromia policemen in Bale and Moyale area, causing widespread casualties and deaths. At least four people died in Bale region Raitu Gulbi zone today, according to the [...] Continue reading
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Prominent economist Wolday Amha dies in car crash

Dr. Wolday Amha, the Executive Director of the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions has died in a car crash near Addis Ababa. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture as National Constraint Analysis Advisor[...] Continue reading
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One Award: Rejuvenating Ethiopian Journalism

Rewarding Good Writing, an annual competition and award for published Ethiopian journalists & bloggers is wrapping up a second successful edition to award winners in time for Ethiopian New Year! RGW which was founded in 2008 Ethiopian Calendar and takes[...] Continue reading
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Distinguished soil scientist and former State Minister of Agriculture passed away

Distinguished soil scientist and former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture, Professor Tekalign Mamo passed away. Prof. Mamo served as adviser to the then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture from 2005-10. During those five years, he led a national[...] Continue reading
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Teddy Afro and Amleset’s children enrolled in French School

Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro will go on tour from October, starting in US before moving on to Europe, but his first priority was to get his children into a good school.[...] Continue reading
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After big dam gamble, Ethiopia seeks private energy for power surge

Ethiopia’s public investment in mega dams has been a bold attempt to make up for Africa’s power deficit. But despite some impressive achievements, doubts remain about the efficiency of those schemes, as the government leaves its comfort zone to try[...] Continue reading
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Getachew Desta- Pioneer disc jockey

Getachew Desta is a legendary disc jockey and radio show host who used to host listeners’ music choices in Radio Ethiopia in the 1960’s and early 70’s. For while, his show aired every Sunday for an hour but it was[...] Continue reading
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25 dead in clashes in Meiso town

Fighting today between Oromo and Somali ethnic groups in the eastern Ethiopian town of Meiso killed at least 25 people, including six civilians, according to information by the Woreda communication bureau, confirmed by the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) officials.[...] Continue reading
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Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise officials arrested

Five higher officials of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise arrested on corruption charges. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.[...] Continue reading
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Prisoners at Mekele subjected to harsher treatment, singled out for their ethnicity

Abraha Desta, a leader of the Tigray based Arena party, described a litany of assaults, systematic torture of 30 prisoners from Wolkait region being held in Mekele prison without judicial oversight amid wider crackdown on human rights. Wolkait is a[...] Continue reading
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Senior ONLF leader handed down to Ethiopia

A senior leader of the banned Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has been handed down to Ethiopia by Somalia government, sources said. Abdihakim Sheikh Muse, an ONLF rebel official, has arrived in Bishoftu Air force in a military aircraft. Breaking[...] Continue reading
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Tariku Shiferaw: Erase Me

“Erase Me” is solo exhibition of Tariku Shiferaw’s current body of work titled “One of These Black Boys” at the Addis Fine Art project Space in London. “One of These Black Boys” interrogates the concept of mark-making both physically and[...] Continue reading
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OPDO acknowledges ‘legitimate demands’ as protests continue

The Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) issued a statement Friday that the Oromia regional government plans to respond to what it called the legitimate demands of peaceful protesters, after a third day protests severely handicap the region.[...] Continue reading
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Former Ethiopian Finance Minister Joins Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program

Sufian Ahmed Beker, former Ethiopian Minister of Finance has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. Sufian served as finance minister from 1995 to 2016 making him the longest serving finance minister in history. He[...] Continue reading
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Hand grenade blast injures thirteen in Jimma town

At least thirteen people have been injured in a grenade attack in southwestern town of Jimma at midday, say police. An attacker threw the grenade at an area called Laghar between two buildings at Jimma town in the Oromia region[...] Continue reading
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Businesses across Oromia region shuts down in protest

Business owners have gone on strike and closed their businesses in parts of Oromia region. Most shops, hotels and restaurants in Aweday, Miesso and Hirina towns have been shut after strikes were called on Wednesday. In some parts, drivers have[...] Continue reading
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Election board head takes over embassy job, prompting an uproar

A week ago it was announced that chairman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, Merga Bekana has been awarded the job of ambassador to Sweden.[...] Continue reading
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Israeli-Ethiopian group releases new single

ALEM (world in Amharic) is the 2nd release in a series of collaborations between the Hoodna Orchestra and artist and performers from Ethiopia. The song was written and sung by the singer and poet Demisu Belete to a tune by[...] Continue reading
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Turkey to open military training base in Mogadishu

Somalia is preparing to take back control of its national security from the AU mission. Turkey is one country that’s stepping in to help ready Somalia for the security handover. It is opening a military base in Mogadishu that will[...] Continue reading
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Permit denied for Teddy Afro concert

A planned concert by Ethiopia’s biggest pop star, Teddy Afro on Ethiopian New Year’s eve has been denied permit, according the radio show Ethiopicalink.[...] Continue reading
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Qwanqwa new album! Pre-order to support the project and the band’s trip to Womex festival

The Addis Ababa-based experimental Ethiopian quartet, Qwanqwa – ቋንቋ, is on its way to WOMEX Festival in Poland this fall, October 2017 and they are taking pre-orders for their new record to fund the trip. Qwanqwa is comprised of 4[...] Continue reading
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Ali Suleiman named ambassador to France

Ali Suleiman, commissioner of the Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, has a new job as Ethiopia’s ambassador to France. He would also be a non-resident ambassador to Spain, Portugal, and Tunisia. At the same time, Ambassador Ali will serve[...] Continue reading
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Drought hits Ethiopia, claims 2m animals

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that two million animals have been lost to a “devastating” drought in Ethiopia. The UN agriculture agency said that the drought had devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources.[...] Continue reading
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Muktar Edris wins men’s 5,000m gold for Ethiopia

(Eurosport)-Ethiopian Muktar Edris crashed the Mo Farah party by beating the Brit to take 5,000m gold at the World Athletics Championships.Having won gold in the 10,000m Farah was the favourite to take the 5,000m gold as well. Farah rarely[...] Continue reading
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Opaque ties and jointly owned hotels between businessmen and high-level politicians

Elilly International Hotel, which opened in 2013, is one of the most expensive and grandest hotels in Addis Ababa. Located in Kazanchis business district on the main entrance of the United Nations Conference centre (UNCC), the hotel boasts “breath-taking views[...] Continue reading
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The grand old man of Ethiopian tourism

Ato Habteselassie Tafesse, popularly known as father of Ethiopian tourism, and credited with coining the catchphrase, “Thirteen months of sunshine”, which has been the motto of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization for decades has passed away at the age of 92.[...] Continue reading
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Kassa Teklebrehan to be ambassador to Washington

Minister of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affair, Kassa Teklebrehan has been named Ethiopia’s new ambassador to the United States, a delicate assignment in the midst of uncertain relation with the new American administration. His nomination of was part of a[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia urges the US and western nation to lift travel advisories on Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government has asked the United States and other western countries to lift their travel advisory warning, arguing the warnings have hurt the tourism industry. The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rebuked US claims that it is unsafe[...] Continue reading
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Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui wins men’s marathon

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won the London World Championship on Sunday, pulling away from Ethiopian Tamirat Tola to win a time of 2hr 8min 37sec.Kirui won the men’s marathon with a come-from-behind run finishing on Tower Bridge. Tamirat Tola took the[...] Continue reading
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Almaz delivers punishing kick in 10,000-meter race

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana again drew away with a punishing kick to win the gold medal, adding World Championship gold to her Olympic title and world record.The 25-year-old, who hasn’t raced in 11 months, obliterated the field to finish in 30.16.33[...] Continue reading
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Berhane Gebre-Christos named as the next Ethiopian ambassador to China

Berhane Gebre-Christos, a veteran member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s special envoy to foreign missions with the rank of a Minister, is nominated for the role of Ethiopian ambassador to China, high-placed sources[...] Continue reading
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State finance minister arrested on corruption charges

State Minister at the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC), Alemayehu Gujo arrested on corruption charges. He is part of a group of ten individuals from the ministry detained in connection with a multi-million dollar integrated financial management[...] Continue reading
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Remembering Tesfaye Sahlu, children’s television programme icon

Tesfaye Sahlu, affectionately known as Ababa Tesfaye, who has died aged 96, was an Ethiopia actor, vocalist, lyricist, author, comedian, and a staple of the children’s television programme for forty years. A veteran of stage and screen, Tesfaye has come[...] Continue reading
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Mengiste Desta, veteran Ethiopian diplomat, dies

Veteran Ethiopian diplomat Mengiste Desta has died at the age of 90. Ambassador Mengiste had an illustrious career as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Kenya and Sudan, and as vice minister and head of the African-Mid East department at the foreign ministry,[...] Continue reading
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Stunning Lyon

My wife, I and our three-year old daughter visited Lyon this past week for three days and we were pleasantly surprised by its beauty. I loved Lyon instantly as soon as I’d exited the high-speed train TGV at Gare Part-Dieu.[...] Continue reading
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Critical resolution against the Ethiopian regime passed

The U.S House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution Thursday condemning the Ethiopian security forces’ use of excessive force and arbitrary arrest, in response to sustained protests in Oromia and Amhara regional states.[...] Continue reading
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Ghion Hotel transferred to Addis Ababa city administration

Ownership and management of Ghion Hotel and the nearby Filwoha thermal complex are finally transferred to the Addis Ababa city administration, as nobody has stepped up with a bid to buy both. A certain Aklile Berhan Mekonnen who surfaced some[...] Continue reading
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A former manager of Tendaho Sugar Factory arrested over corruption

A former manager of Tendaho Sugar Factory and other top executives of the factory have been arrested on corruption charges, setting the stage for another high-profile trial in the country’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign. Abebe Tesfaye Bantiwalu, the former manager of[...] Continue reading
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A businessman arrested for lending fraud and forcibly recovering factory, vehicles

A prominent Ethiopian businessman and one of long-term regime’s associate has been arrested on suspicion of money lending scam. Abiy Abera, owner of Addis View Hotel, and close friend of the ruling party’s external relations department head, Sekou Toure Getachew,[...] Continue reading
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Kebede Chane under fire for “inflated” tax hike

Minister of Customs and Revenue Authority, Kebede Chane drew strong criticism from his own party members for provoking the latest public protests in Oromia and Addis Ababa regions by proposing “poorly prepared and unreasonably inflated” tax hikes. The minister’s tax[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia’s biggest lake on the verge of dying

Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake and the source of Blue Nile, is suffocating under toxic plant species known as the water hyacinth, raising questions about the federal governments’ response and efficiency of the community efforts to eliminate it. The Amhara[...] Continue reading
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Pioneering journalist, activist and politician, Sophia Yilma

Sophia Yilma, 75, is a pioneering Ethiopian journalist and a mentor and role model for many. She broke ground at The Ethiopian Herald in 1961 when she was hired as a reporter at the age of 19, becoming the first[...] Continue reading
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Trump’s Gunship diplomacy in Africa

If congress passes Trump administration’s Pentagon budget for 2018, US foreign aid to Sub Saharan Africa would drop from 8 to 5, 2 billion, according to the New York Times. Even some of the money still in the Trump[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian photographer at French photo festival

An emerging Ethiopian photographer is exhibiting his works at La Gacilly, a western French town reputed for its annual outdoor photo festival. Girma Berta, a 26-year-old Addis-based artist, is one of the African photographers featured in the summer photo[...] Continue reading
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Daughter of a powerful Ethiopian official faces UNDP nepotism allegations

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s special envoy to different foreign missions, Berhane Gebre-Christos is in the news, for using connections to pave way for his daughter’s career. In a report published by InnerCityPress.com, a website engaged in investigative journalism from[...] Continue reading
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As questions over capability arise, the METEC head shows defensive posturing

Responding to damning reports of the Ethiopian house of people’s representatives last Wednesday, Kinfe Dagnew, head of the state-owned Metal and Engineering Corporation (METEC), also a military general, spent much of his time on the defensive. The corporation that he[...] Continue reading
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Neway Gebreab loses bid to become commissioner for Economic Affairs of the AUC

Neway Gebreab, an Ethiopian candidate, failed in his bid to become the new commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) after losing to Madagascar’s Victor Harison. Neway, who has served in different government positions for the past[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian bloggers arrested and charged with inciting a riot

A group of Ethiopian online bloggers and activists have been charged with posting information, poem recital and music perceived to be critical of the regime on You Tube, a move seen as part of the regime’s further clampdown on the[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian journalist freed after a year and a half in jail

Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw, who has been imprisoned for a year and six months, has been freed, his colleague announced on Friday. Getachew Shiferaw was arrested in late December 2015 and charged in May the following year with involvement in[...] Continue reading
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Alemnew Mekonnen’s bodyguard: Murder or Suicide?

Anwar Mohamed, the bodyguard of the vice president of the Amhara regional government, Alemnew Mekonnen, was found dead in his hotel room, Greenland Hotel, located in the centre of Bahir Dar in mysterious circumstances. The U.S.-based Ethiopian Satellite Television and[...] Continue reading
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Gulf crisis destabilizing the Horn of Africa

After Saudi Arabia and its allies started accusing Qatar of providing support for terrorist groups, and consequently severing all ties with the small Persian Gulf state, Ethiopia and other horn of African nations are being reluctantly dragged to the power[...] Continue reading
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African Union urges restraint in Djibouti-Eritrea border spat

The African Union (AU) on Saturday urged “restraint” as tensions intensified between Djibouti and Eritrea over a disputed border territory after the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers from a buffer zone. Djibouti has accused Eritrea of occupying territory following the departure[...] Continue reading
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African Union Commission charges 200 USD as parking fine?

After attending the African Union Peace and Security Council organised open session on ‘practical steps to silence the guns in Africa,’ I went back to my car, which I had parked at the new Peace and Security Department Building (famously[...] Continue reading
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Qatar pulls all its troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border

(AP)-Qatar said Wednesday it had pulled all of its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, East African nations that have a long-running territorial dispute which Doha had helped mediate. Qatar offered no explanation for the move, though[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia opposition leader Abraha Desta attacked

Ethiopian opposition leader Abraha Desta was attacked, thrown to the ground and robbed of his cell phone and wallet, his party announced. Abraha Desta, a leader of the Tigray based Arena party, was walking home on Saturday night in Mekele[...] Continue reading
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In his own words: Ambassador Mengiste Desta

Ambassador Mengiste Desta, in his 90s, has illustrious career in diplomacy as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Kenya and Sudan, and as vice minister and head of the African-Mid East department at the foreign ministry, which has spanned almost four decades. He[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia and Sudan remain prudent in diplomatic spat in Gulf region

Ethiopia and other countries of the Horn have found themselves in an awkward situation in the latest diplomatic spat in the Middle East, over Qatar’s alleged ties to terrorism, it was learnt. Ethiopia and Sudan are taking a delicate balance[...] Continue reading
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JFK and Emperor Haile Selassie

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917), the first American president to express genuine interest in Africa. Kennedy, who took office in early 1961, had strongly criticised French policy in[...] Continue reading
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What Is Happening in Qatar?

What happened Monday? Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Maldives cut diplomatic ties Monday with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said the measures are “unjustified and are based on baseless and[...] Continue reading
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Grima Beyene & Akalé Wubé to perform at the National Theatre

The popular Ethiopian lyricist, arranger, vocalist and accomplished pianist Girma Beyene performs at the National Theatre in Addis Ababa with a Parisian band, Akalé Wubé on Saturday, June 10. Girma who had been a major player during the 1960’s and[...] Continue reading
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Trump nominated career diplomat as ambassador to Ethiopia

President Donald Trump nominated Michael Arthur Raynor, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, as the United States’ next ambassador to Ethiopia. The post has been open since Patricia M. Haslach left Addis Ababa last January. Michael A. Raynor[...] Continue reading
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Yontan Tesfaye sentenced to six years in prison

Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for comments he made on Facebook. He was arrested in December 2015 as a wave of anti-government protests in the Oromia region was gathering[...] Continue reading
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Sudan Accuses Egypt of Backing Rebels Ahead of Foreign Minister’s Trip

(Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egypt on Tuesday of supporting rebels at war with Khartoum, a week ahead of a visit to Cairo by Sudan’s foreign minister that is aimed at easing tensions between the neighboring states. Egypt[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian journalist convicted of inciting violence

An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist on Wednesday of inciting violence against the state with a dissident group, activists said, a judgment that an international rights group said was a bid to silence critics. Getachew Shiferaw was arrested in late[...] Continue reading
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces[...] Continue reading
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Etege Taitu: the Lioness of Judah who Crushed Colonization

It is said often that men are the heads of households. But a head is nothing unless the heart of the home provides love, courage and a lifeblood of fortitude to us. Too often we honor bravado and hubris, but[...] Continue reading
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Free blood pressure screening

The Addis Ababa Regional Health Bureau and AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) programme hold free major blood pressure screening events as part of this year’s World Hypertension Day, which is observed every year on May 17th. The screening events were[...] Continue reading
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Journalist resigns over Teddy Afro controversy, publishes resignation letter on Facebook

An Ethiopian journalist working for the state-owned station, with four years’ service has published his resignation letter on social media saying he had to quit due to frustrations over the news channel’s decision not to air the interview that he[...] Continue reading
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An ethno-nationalist think-tank dedicated to the Tigray people

An ethno-nationalist think-tank dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future core of the Tigray people and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was launched. Vice President of Adigrat University, Alem Mebrahtu, is behind the think-tank, which he said would join[...] Continue reading
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Mickaël Bethe-Selassié, the Ethiopian artist in Paris

Ethiopian born artist Mickaël Bethe-Selassié has called Paris for more than four decades. Though in many respects his attention remained focused in his native country, he freely admits his Parisian life has widened his horizons and provided him fertile ground[...] Continue reading
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The failure of modern Ethiopia

By Prof. Messay Kebede Ever since rudiments of dialectical thinking grabbed the imagination of Ethiopia’s educated youngsters and elites, essentially as a result of the global prestige of the Marxist class analysis of society in the 60s and early 70s,[...] Continue reading
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Has Solomon Tadesse paid the price for the decline of Ethiopian tourism?

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn recently dismissed his chief “tourism man” and party loyalist, Solomon Tadesse, a refined ex-diplomat with impeccable English who once enjoyed the prime minister’s confidence. His firing follows a string of recent dismissals and demotions of[...] Continue reading
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Somali Government Minister Killed in Mogadishu

The Somali government said it was investigating the killing Wednesday of the public works and reconstruction minister, who was shot by another government official’s bodyguards. Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, 31, was fatally shot near the Presidential Palace, Information Minister Abdirahman[...] Continue reading
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Pizza Hut Enters Ethiopia

Pizza Hut is set to open three outlets in Ethiopia this year, becoming one of the first international restaurant chains to enter Africa’s second-most populous country. The restaurants are scheduled to begin serving in the capital, Addis Ababa, by November,[...] Continue reading
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US issues warning after Ethiopia grenade attacks

(AP)-The United States issued a warning Thursday to its citizens about travelling to a popular tourist region in Ethiopia after a string of grenade attacks targeting hotels and homes. The US embassy in Addis Ababa said there had been[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia’s Eskinder Nega named IPI Press Freedom Hero

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega, who has been imprisoned since 2011 after criticising his country’s abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press, has been named the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 69th World Press Freedom Hero. IPI also announced[...] Continue reading
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Pirate attacks rising off East Africa, Pentagon and shipping records show

Pirates once again prowl the high seas off shore of this tiny country on the strategic Horn of Africa. Navy Capt. Richard Rodriguez, chief of staff of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, said Sunday U.S. forces are monitoring[...] Continue reading
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In his own words: Ambassador Ahadou Sabouré (Part III)

In our third instalment, the renowned journalist and diplomat talks about his appointment as minister of information which lasted less than three months, and governorship of the Haraghe province before his detainment by the military regime. (click for the first [...] Continue reading
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Egypt to establish military base in Eritrea: Sudan Tribune

The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), an Eritrean opposition group, claimed on Monday that the Red Sea nation had allegedly granted Egypt green light to build a military base within the country’s territory, Sudan Tribune reported. Officials from opposition[...] Continue reading
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My years as a Diplomat

Ahadou Sabouré is Ethiopia’s veteran journalist, public servant, and a diplomat who had served as ambassador in the neighbouring countries, the Somalia (1961-1967) and Djibouti (1967-1972). The following is the second installment of Ato Ahadou’s life in his words, compiled[...] Continue reading
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Our Adventure in Dire Dawa

Here is a little bit about our trip while my buddy Pilar McCracken was just visiting. It was an action packed 16 days, and our main plan was to have a fashion adventure. Much of my favorite printed material I[...] Continue reading
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Movenpick signs first hotel in Ethiopia for 2019

Swiss hotel management company, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed its first hotel in Addis Ababa, which is slated to open in Q4 2019. The Mövenpick Hotel Addis Ababa will be located in the city’s Bole district, 2.5 km from[...] Continue reading
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Rights group slams opposition arrests in Djibouti

Addis Ababa – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) called on Friday for the “immediate and unconditional release” of opposition party members arrested last month in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. Police detained 19 members of the[...] Continue reading
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Qatar and Ethiopia warming relations

Ethiopia’s ruling party had led repeated efforts to craft a diplomatic relation with Qatar, the energy-rich Gulf state that began to play an increasingly influential role in the Horn of Africa in security and diplomacy. Qatar‘s friendly relation with Eritrea[...] Continue reading
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When Jagama Kello defied the Emperor

In 1941, Emperor Haile Selassie re-entered Addis Ababa, exactly five years to the day of when it was occupied by Italy. Before his triumphant entry into Addis Ababa with British and Ethiopian troops, the Emperor had gotten in touch with[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian patriot and war hero General Jagama Kelo passed away

The great patriot and war-hero General Jagama Kelo passed away at the age of 95, it has just been announced. Here is his profile written by the British journalist Martin Plaut. Jagama Kelo was just fifteen years old when he[...] Continue reading
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Al-Shabab seizes key Somali town after Ethiopians pull out

Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia’s Galgudud region, according to residents. Heavily armed al-Shabab fighters took control of El Bur following the pullout of Ethiopian troops and a small[...] Continue reading
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A new TV channel funded by the ruling party

The Ethiopian government has launched a new television station with current affairs channel staffed by young journalists. The Ethiopian News Network (ENN), fully funded by the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front is starting slowly, with its offerings[...] Continue reading
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In his own words: Ambassador Ahadou Sabouré

Ahadou Sabouré is Ethiopia’s veteran journalist, public servant, and a diplomat who had served as ambassador in the neighbouring countries, the Somalia (1961-1967) and Djibouti (1967-1972). In the course of his eventful life, Ambassador Ahadou wrote a book chronicling the[...] Continue reading
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Trump Grants US Military More Authority to Strike Militants in Somalia

(VOA)-The White House has granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants, the Pentagon said Thursday, the latest sign President Donald Trump is increasing U.S. military engagement in the region. Last[...] Continue reading
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Fury over “illegal demolition” of houses, businesses

Intense clashes erupted in Bahir Dar city last week when authorities demolished thousands of houses and small businesses at an area known as Yibab located around Bahir Dar University Yibab Campus, it was reported. The houses and small businesses were[...] Continue reading
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Former South Sudan Official Sues Woman for Slander

Pagan Amum, a well-known South Sudanese politician who lives in the United States, is suing a member of his country’s diaspora for slander. Amum says a South Sudanese woman who goes by the name of Amira Ali posted videos on[...] Continue reading
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The Amhara National Democratic Movement’s business empire

The head of the immense state-owned holding company Tiret (Endeavours), Tadesse Kassa ketema (a.k.a Tinkishu), is at the centre of an action to acquire a controlling stake in two national textile companies, Bahir Dar Textile S.C, and Kombolcha Textile S.C. [...] Continue reading
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ቁምነገርና ጨዋታ በትውስታ አበበ ወርቁ ከአምባሳደር መንግስቴ ደስታ ጋር ያደረጉት ቆይታ

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Hailemariam’s parliament comment sparks widespread outrage

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is used to rebukes from time to time– but his comment in the Ethiopian parliament last week about the huge amount of money stolen and embezzled by one regional government has drawn criticism from a wide[...] Continue reading
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New show by Behailu Bezabih

LeLa Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to “YETEKELEKELE BOTA” a painting exhibition by Behailu Bezabih. The opening reception is this Saturday, March 25th at 3pm. The exhibition continues through to April 23rd 2017. Behailu’s role in Ethiopian contemporary[...] Continue reading
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Great Run goes to South Sudan

Haile Gebre-Selassie, founder of the Great Ethiopian Run, has helped to launch South Sudan’s version of Great Run. At press conference in Addis Ababa, the renowned athlete said he hoped the event will promote peace for the war ravaged South[...] Continue reading
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The “last Jesuit” who lived in Ethiopia for over six decades passed away

Father Roland Turenne, a Canadian Jesuit, teacher and humanitarian who lived in Ethiopia for about 65 years died. He was 93. His death was announced by Samson Moges, acting director of Aba Turenne Charity Fund. Father Roland was the subject[...] Continue reading
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New South Sudan rebel group gains supporters

A new rebel group in war-torn South Sudan has gained some high-level supporters, both within the country and the South Sudanese diaspora. General Faiz Ismail Futur announced this week that he has resigned his post in the main rebel group,[...] Continue reading
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In pictures: UN 2017 Women First Run

More than 10,000 girls and women flocked to Addis Ababa’s Atlas Hotel area to take part in the 5k Run on 12 March 2017. As part of the United Nations’ commemoration of the International Women’s Day, the event organized by[...] Continue reading
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Is split in Blue Party the regime’s project?

The Ethiopian Semayawi (Blue Party) once hailed as a young and dynamic party has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Dispute over leadership and resources is rocking the party. The party’s secretary general, Yilkal Getnet and other top[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia lifts part of the state of emergency restrictions

Ethiopia’s government declared an end to certain restrictions under emergency rule that it has imposed on October 2016 in the wake of violent anti-government protests. The emergency measures – including powers to impose dusk to dawn curfews and conduct police[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian authorities bow to pressure, release a journalist

An Ethiopian journalist walked out of a prison Monday after more than 120 days behind bars. Anania Sorri, a 34-year-old journalist and commentator was arrested in November, among tens of thousands held since a state of emergency. He was held[...] Continue reading
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Social media reaction to rubbish landslide tragedy

The minute news broke of the landslide at vast rubbish in Addis Ababa, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were inundated with a huge volume of messages. Many Ethiopians at home and abroad have taken to social media to[...] Continue reading
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Rubbish landslide kills 48 in Addis Ababa

At least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, officials say. They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at[...] Continue reading
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Aklilu Habtewold would have turned 105 today

Teshafi Tizaz Aklilu Habtewold would have turned 105 today. Born in Adda, Shewa in 1912, Aklilu became a prominent statesman for over three decades in Atse Haile Selassie’s government, including serving as Prime Minister from 1961-1973. The youngest son of[...] Continue reading
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Borana community appoints new leader in traditional ceremony (Video)

Under a system of governance known as Gadaa, representatives from five royal lineages prepare for leadership on the Borana community in southern Ethiopia. Each cycle lasts for eight years. At the start of a new era eligible candidates are judged[...] Continue reading
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Don’t Make the State of Emergency Normal

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list[...] Continue reading
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Amde Akalework: A life in leather

Ato Amde Akalework, 74, has been immersed in the leather industry since his youth. He is often described as a smart and detail-oriented manager who knew every inch of the business. We are sitting in his office in a residential[...] Continue reading
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Meet Kura Jarso, the new Borana Abba Gadaa

The Borana Oromo have elected Kura Jarso, 30, as their 71st Abba Gadaa in an elaborate, week long ceremony attended by tens of thousands of people in Badhaasa, southern Ethiopia. Spectators and invited guests started arriving at Arda Jila Badhaasa[...] Continue reading
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Social media erupts in response to death of a girl, 17, killed by an infatuated lover

Ethiopians are taking to social media to express shock and outrage over the death of Naomi Tilahun, stabbed by an infatuated lover in broad daylight in Addis Ababa last Tuesday, marking yet another senseless death in the name of[...] Continue reading
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A 17-year-old girl stabbed to death by ‘obsessed lover’ in busy street

A man ferociously stabbed a 17-year-old girl- named Naomi Tilahun, 17, in Mexico Square, around Wabe Shebele Hotel last Tuesday – in broad daylight in a busy street in Addis Ababa. The attack happened when the victim was walking home,[...] Continue reading
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Pope to visit South Sudan

Pope Francis has made a surprise announcement saying he wants to make a trip to famine-struck, war-torn South Sudan, but not on his own. He wants the head of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby to come too. Francis made the[...] Continue reading
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Uganda roots for new River Nile deal

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has expressed displeasure with the impasse over the new framework that seeks to replace colonial agreements on usage of the River Nile. President Museveni, in the company of Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday, capitalised on[...] Continue reading
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Djibouti president in a catch-up visit to Paris

Ismail Omar Guelleh, the long-standing president of Djibouti is in the French capital in what Le Monde newspaper described as catch-up visit to the former colonial power. Guelleh, whose three-day visit is the first in a decade, comes amid the[...] Continue reading
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No winner of Mo Ibrahim Prize for leadership in 2016

For the second year in a row, there is no winner of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The committee that selects winners on Tuesday announced that no African head of state or government met the requirements of[...] Continue reading
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U.S. Senator in Addis Ababa in ‘a Jesus thing’ trip?

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Tulsa was in Addis Ababa last week. Inhofe is a frequent visitor of the country. The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Senator and his delegation held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian journalist’s wife urges UK and US to call for his release

The wife of a blogger and journalist detained in Ethiopia has called on the international community to pressure local authorities to release her husband, who is among tens of thousands held since a state of emergency was declared in the[...] Continue reading
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Somalian President condemns Ethiopia in this 2015 interview

The newly elected Somalian President Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, was not the first choice of Ethiopia, a country described as the most influential political and military player in Somalia. Actually, Farmajo’s words about Ethiopia and two other neighbouring countries,[...] Continue reading
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Accused opposition leader formally charged

An Ethiopian prosecutor on Thursday formally charged opposition leader Merera Gudina with an attempt to overthrow the constitutional order by violent means and trespassing the state of emergency rulings of the country. Dr. Merera, a fiery speaker and charismatic leader,[...] Continue reading
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New Somali President Pledges to Tackle Issues of Insecurity, Corruption

(VOA)-Somalia’s new president was formally inaugurated Wednesday, in a ceremony where he pledged to begin stabilizing the war-ravaged country but warned the task will take many years. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as “Farmajo,” took the oath of office in[...] Continue reading
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A Tribute to My Teacher, Mentor & Role Model

By Prof. Paulos Milkias It was with deep sorrow that I learned the passing of Professor Richard Pankhurst, my teacher, mentor and role model, an eminent historian, a foremost economist, a celebrated educator who listened to the voices of various[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia raises no objection over Somaliland-UAE military base deal: official

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) already had a naval base in Eritrea, it will have its second one in Somaliland. The Parliament of the self-proclaimed republic has given its green light a week ago, in any case. Ethiopia has[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs addresses European lawmakers about Somalia election

Ethiopia, a country often criticized for organizing uneventful election with a predetermined result sees no problem in commenting about other country’s election. The Ethiopian foreign minister addressed European leaders and law makers in Brussels at a side-event at the Munich[...] Continue reading
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Egypt reaching out to Kenya for better deal over the Nile

Egypt is reaching out to Kenya for a better deal over the use of the Nile in exchange for improved trade between the two countries. On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was in the country for a[...] Continue reading
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Haile M. Larebo’s tribute to “a walking Ethiopia’s encyclopedia and its fervent champion”

There is a lot of wonderful things to talk about Dr. Pankhurst [and his family as well], but I would like to say only a few about who he is and what he did. Dr. Pankhurst is not only a[...] Continue reading
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Renowned historian offers a tribute to Richard Pankhurst

One of the most significant contributions of the eminent historian Richard Pankhurst was his pioneering work in economic history of Ethiopia, Bahru Zewde, Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University said. “The economic history of Ethiopia was a subject[...] Continue reading
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Egyptian president begins state visit to Kenya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Kenya Saturday morning for a state visit. It is the first such visit to Kenya by a sitting Egyptian Head of State, the East African reported. President Uhuru Kenyatta received his Egyptian counterpart,[...] Continue reading
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New malaria vaccine is ‘100 percent protective’

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what’s special about the new vaccine. Deutsche Welle: A new malaria immunization method that you[...] Continue reading
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Prof. Mammo Muchie pays tribute to Richard Pankhurst

I had met Dr. Richard Pankhurst in a conference at SOAS University of London and we had communicated when he contributed an article to Ee-JRIF, the open access journal we have been running on research and innovation foresight for[...] Continue reading
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Tributes pour in for a prominent scholar on Ethiopian history, Richard Pankhurst

Tributes have poured in from politicians to literary greats to remember historian Richard Pankhurst, who died at the age of 89 after pneumonia on Thursday. Professor Richard Pankhurst was the founder and first Director of the Institute of Ethiopian[...] Continue reading
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Feyisa Lilesa reunites with family

(AP)-The Ethiopian marathoner hid behind a column at the Miami airport as he carried a bouquet of red roses. Feyisa Lilesa’s daughter spotted him first and ran in for a hug. Then, his young son and lastly his wife. On[...] Continue reading
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Opinions Differ on EU Deal with Libya to Curb Migration

(VOA)-The European Union is touting a plan it says will help Libya curb the number of migrants leaving its shores, but some advocates believe the plan does little more than trap African and Middle Eastern migrants in a war zone.[...] Continue reading
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Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa

(CNN)-President Donald Trump has been increasingly chatting with other world leaders during his first weeks in office. On Monday he turned his attention to Africa. Trump spent Monday morning calling two of the continent’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu[...] Continue reading
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A Tribute to Gebreu Mersha, an Exemplary Teacher and Defender of Liberties

By Yonas Ashine Comrade Gebru Mersha was a Marxist scholar who lived an exemplary public life that can be traced back to the Ethiopian student movement. He was the most beloved professor in the Department of Political Science and International[...] Continue reading
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Somaliland Agrees to UAE Military Base in Northern Port

(AP)-Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory. The Emirati government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base[...] Continue reading
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New Israeli-Ethiopian music

YELBEN / BEZA is the new single from the Hoodna Orchestra and Tesfaye Negatu. The single will release under the “Hoodna Mucic” label on a 7” vinyl and is the first in a series of collaborations between the Hoodna Orchestra[...] Continue reading
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State Minister of Foreign Affairs named Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt

Ethiopia’s state minister of Foreign Affairs Taye Atseke-Selassie is chosen to be the next ambassador to Egypt. Taye would succeed Mahmoud Dirir who held the post for five years, whose term ended on December 2016. Taye’s appointment comes amid the[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian artists awarded Chevalier in Order of Arts and Letters

The Government of France awarded two Ethiopian visual artists Dawit Abebe and Tewodros Hagos and another performing artist Azeb Worku a Chevalier in its Ordre des Arts et Lettres during a ceremony yesterday at the French Embassy in Addis Ababa.[...] Continue reading
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Meet Africa’s wealthiest couple

Described as the most affluent and glamorous couple of Africa, the eldest daughter of the Angolan president, Isabel Dos Santos and her husband, art enthusiast and the son of Congolese tycoon, Sindika Dokolo have set up vast business empire across[...] Continue reading
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Mine to Win: A Novel

The long standing educational system in Ethiopia, known as Ye Kolo Timher Bet, run and managed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in order to educate its clergy might be less visible today than in the past. The schools that are[...] Continue reading
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Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo chosen as president

Somalia’s MPs have elected a Somali-US national as the country’s new president in a vote held in an aircraft hangar. Ex-Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed beat President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a surprise result. The vote was held at[...] Continue reading
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France’s Axereal to build Ethiopia factory and boost malt processing

French grain co-operative group Axereal is to build a malt processing factory in Ethiopia and expand capacity at its export hub in Belgium as it seeks to tap into rising demand for beer in emerging market countries. Axereal is one[...] Continue reading
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Tanzania crackdown on ‘gay activity’

(BBC)-Tanzania’s deputy health minister Hamis Kingwangala has ordered three men who he accuses of being gay to report to police for questioning – or risk arrest, reports the BBC’s Sammy Awami from the main city Dar es Salaam. He[...] Continue reading
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Two Eritrean diplomats defect: Indian Ocean Newsletter

The Africa Intelligence newsletter reported that two Eritrean diplomats have defected from the regime of Isaias Afeworki. The paper identified the diplomats as Omar Sarmea, the chargé d’affaires in Eritrea’s embassy in Djibouti and Allo Asgedom Tedla, who was the[...] Continue reading
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South Sudan rebels accuse Egypt of bombing raid, drawing denials

(Reuters)-South Sudan rebels accused Egypt on Saturday of carrying out bombing raids against their positions, drawing an immediate denial from Cairo, and warned of the risk of a regional war. It was the first time either side had[...] Continue reading
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Sudanese President to visit Russia, as Putin courts African allies

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is set to visit Russia in early summer to cement economic ties with Russia and sign a number of documents with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian Ambassador to Khartoum Mirgayas Shirinskiy told the Russian state-funded[...] Continue reading
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Hailemariam cautions Donald Trump against abandoning AGOA

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn cautioned President Donald Trump against abandoning the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, a 17-year-old deal renewed by President Barack Obama in 2015 to boost U.S. trade with 40 African nations, in an interview with[...] Continue reading
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Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam is “recovering well”

Prominent Ethiopian human rights activist and scholar, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, hospitalized in India is recovering from pneumonia. The 87-year-old flew to India few days ago and was placed in intensive care in a Bangalore hospital. Prof. Mesfin “is in good[...] Continue reading
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Tefera Gedamu- Talk Show Host

Tefera Gedamu is a major personality in the Ethiopian media scene. His weekly English-language interview panel show, Meet ETV (now changed into Meet EBC) has been running on Ethiopian Television since 1997, giving him an enduring and solid reputation among[...] Continue reading
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Erta Ale volcano overflows, collapses inside caldera

The volcanic activity at the shield volcano in the Danakil desert has been at extraordinary and very elevated levels recently, according to Volcano Discovery. Participant returning from the recent eruption special tour (14-20 Jan) reported that during their stay 16-20[...] Continue reading
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African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

(AFP)-The African Union decided Monday to allow Morocco back in the fold after a 33-year absence, despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara. After an emotional and tense debate, member states decided by[...] Continue reading
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Leading opposition figure denied bail

Leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Dr. Merera Gudina has been denied bail. Dr. Merera was arrested two months ago, apparently in relation to his activities as opposition activism, after speaking out against[...] Continue reading
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Trump’s abortion rule will cause deaths – activists

Thousands of women will die from unsafe abortions and millions will have unwanted pregnancies following US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban US-funded groups from discussing abortion anywhere in the world, activists say. Mr Trump reinstated the so-called global gag[...] Continue reading
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Ruth Negga nominated for Best Actress award

Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga has been nominated in the Best Actress category at the 2017 Academy Awards. Ruth’s nomination for her role in Loving was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Loving was selected for Cannes last year where it received very[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia denies diplomatic row with South Sudan

Ethiopia has denied cutting ties with South Sudan, a day after a South Sudanese government official was quoted to have said so. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tewolde Mulugeta dismissed as incorrect social media reports that his country had[...] Continue reading
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Diplomatic row breaks out between Ethiopia and South Sudan

A diplomatic row has broken out between South Sudan and neighbouring Ethiopia following rumours on social media that President Salva Kiir accepted to allow Ethiopian rebels to open their office in the capital Juba, according to Sudanese Radio Tamazuj. “Rumours[...] Continue reading
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New quarterly foreign policy journal launched

The Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute (ISS) launched a new quarterly policy magazine, Discourse in Addis Ababa last week. The quarterly magazine written for educated readers is intended to “encourage exchange of ideas and academic findings.” Minister of Foreign[...] Continue reading
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Turkish president targets cleric’s schools on Africa visit

(AP)-Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia. More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or[...] Continue reading
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Getachew Mekuria photobook

This is a rarity: a lavishly illustrated book covering the history of the much revered saxophone great Getachew Mekuria (1935-2016) and his collaboration with the Dutch punk band the Ex. The thoughtful and articulate introduction by Terrie Hessels, a[...] Continue reading
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Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power. Mr Jammeh was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow but he went on to challenge the results.[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopian photographer captures communities undergoing changes

A rising star in photography, Ethiopian photographer Hilina Abebe, 30, captures individuals and communities undergoing social change. She describes being drawn to photography at a young age by her father who used to take pictures of the family. “I think[...] Continue reading
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Samuel Teklay and his messy business activities

Samuel Teklay, owner of a construction firm based in Addis Ababa, is one of the richest persons in Ethiopia. The road and highway construction company that he began to build more than two decades ago, Satcon Construction, is one of[...] Continue reading
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In Africa, Obama’s presidency couldn’t help but be personal

(AP)-Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent[...] Continue reading
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TPLF’s long-term goal to supplant Amhara domination with Tigrean hegemony: CIA

The American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was long aware that the basic long-term goal of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that had been fighting against Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Marxist regime in the 70 and 80’s was to supplant Amhara[...] Continue reading
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“Features of Emotion” a painting exhibition by Tizita Berhanu

Born in 1991 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Tizita developed a passion for painting and drawing at an early age. After graduating in Painting from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design Addis Abeba University in 2013 she has devoted herself[...] Continue reading
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Djibouti President Doubts Africa Will Be High on Trump Agenda

Djibouti’s President Ismael Guelleh says African leaders believe President-elect Donald Trump will pay little attention to Africa, but is hopeful that Djibouti can continue a strong bilateral relationship with the U.S. “Africa does not appear on the foreign agenda of[...] Continue reading
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Girma Beyene returns to Paris

The popular Ethiopian lyricist, arranger, vocalist and accomplished pianist Girma Beyene performs in the French capital with a Parisian band, Akale Wube on Wednesday, January 18. Girma who had been a major player during the 1960’s and 70’s budding music[...] Continue reading
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Prime Minister Golda Meir and Emperor Haile Selassie

Golda Meir (1898–1978) was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel and the first woman to hold the title. An astute and resolute figure, she was known for initiating Israeli involvement in Africa and turning the development of ties with emerging[...] Continue reading
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Are We Sellling the Nation Out?

You won’t believe this….we hardly believe it ourselves… The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has put the Ethiopian Shipping Lines (ESL) S.C. on sale (apparently for minority stake…). Is the government so short of money to run its business and[...] Continue reading
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Solomon Asmelash’s business-like approach to fundraising

These days, Solomon Asmelash is busy raising money for “charity causes”. Solomon says he is in a campaign to save poor and vulnerable children from premature death and devising strategies for using his and his friends’ fame to cover the[...] Continue reading
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Wami Biratu turns 100

Ethiopian athletics legend Wami Biratu turns 100 today. Wami’s incredible career spans seven decades and saw him win 30 gold, 40 silver and 10 bronze medals. He has lived through so many eras of highs and lows… and he’s still[...] Continue reading
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Ethiopia deports three Egyptian nationals accused of spying

Ethiopia has deported three Egyptian nationals after accusing them of espionage. The Egyptian nationals had initially been arrested— handcuffed and escorted out of their offices in Addis Ababa in early November 2016. Taha Mansour, assistant manager of Radisson Blu, Hani[...] Continue reading
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Bomb blast in Gondar hotel kills 1, 19 injured

A bomb thrown into a hotel in Gondar town has killed a government employee and injured 19 people, according to media report. Spokesman for the regional authorities, Nigusu Tilahun, said on Wednesday that the bomb was thrown into Entasal hotel[...] Continue reading
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An interview with Dr. Fitigu Tadesse (Part 2)

Tell me about your stay in Strasbourg where you did your doctoral studies. Being black and Jew in France, how was it like? In France, it was different. There were strong Jewish communities there and I’ve never felt any prejudice[...] Continue reading
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Owner of Ambassador Garment doesn’t hesitate to display his wealth: French Television

Seid Mohammed Birhan, owner of the Ambassador Garment & Trade Plc, was featured in France 2 television prime time news, 20h, on Thursday, 05/01/2017 under the title, Éthiopie: le pays des millionnaires. (Ethiopia, the country of millionaires.) The news episode[...] Continue reading
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Interview with retired diplomat and a member of distinguished family of the Bete Israel, Dr. Fitigu Tadesse

Dr. Fitigu Tadesse was born in 1939 in Azezo, Gondar town and raised in Addis Ababa. He was educated at the French Lycée Gebre-Mariam. Upon completing high-school he went to Israel and studied at the Bar Ilan University of Tel[...] Continue reading
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Twenty sentenced to prison accused of pursuing Sharia state

(AP)-An Ethiopian court has sentenced 20 Muslims to prison after they were found guilty of trying to establish a state ruled by Sharia law and inciting violence. They were charged under Ethiopia’s controversial anti-terrorism law and convicted last[...] Continue reading
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Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki in Abu Dhabi

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki was in Abu Dhabi on Monday in an official visit to the UAE, the Gulf Today reported. The paper wrote that Isaias was received by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi[...] Continue reading
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