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    Ethiopians-dominate-Dubai-marathon-2017January 20, 2017 - Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon with a timing of 2:04:11sec in the men’s race while Worknesh Degefa Debele, also from Ethiopia finished first in the women’s race with a timing of 2:22:36sec.

    Tola recorded a Dubai Marathon course record in the process, beating Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia’s timing of 2:04:23, which was set in the 2012 Dubai Marathon edition.

    Debele beat pre-race favourite Shure Demise, who finished 22 seconds behind in second place. It was Degefa's marathon debut. Both Tola and Debele won $200,000 for their stupendous show.

    Degefa's debut is the eleventh fastest marathon debut ever.

    The top favourite in the men’s race, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia got knocked out just halfway through

  • Qat Business Booming in Ethiopia and Kenya

    KhatJanuary 19, 2017 - “THIS is qat,” explains Teklu Kaimo, gesturing to the wooded field behind him. He started growing it in 1976, and over the years its soft, green leaves have brought him a measure of prosperity, according to the Economist. He has a modest plot of land, 11 children and money to pay their way through school.

    A short walk down the hill, the central marketplace of this part of southern Ethiopia comes alive with farmers, merchants and salesmen as the sun sets. Young men sprint down streets with bundles of fresh qat leaves on their shoulders, as traders call out prices and haul the bags aboard lorries. They are bound for Addis Ababa, the capital, where the following morning they will be sold to qat-chewers in the city, or packed onto planes bound for neighbouring Djibouti and Somaliland.

    Ethiopia’s trade in qat, a mild stimulant nati

  • Security High as Ethiopia Celebrates Timket

    Ethiopia-celebrates-timketJanuary 19, 2017 - Tensions are high in two of Ethiopia’s ‘protest cities’ – Bahir Dar and Gondar – as the Orthodox Church celebrates the Epiphany, known in local parlance as the Timket, reports Africa News. The event celebrates the occasion of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.

    The two cities, located in the north-west in the Amhara region, are famous for anti-government protests that led to deaths of hundreds of people last year. They have refused to be part of the event which starts Wednesday evening till Thursday evening.

    Their refusal to openly celebrate is apparently over fears over a repeat of a stampede in early October last year during the Irreecha Thanksgiving festival in Bishoftu. Reports indicate that the government has deployed a heavy security presence in both areas.

    A Uni

  • EPRDF to Begin Dialogue with Opposition Parties Next Week

    EPRDF-to-engage-opposition-partiesJanuary 18, 2017 - The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced that it is ready for dialogue and consultation with political parties operating legally in the country, according to ENA report.

    In an exclusive interview with ENA, Shiferaw Shigute, Head of the Office of the EPRDF, said the dialogue and consultation is expected to begin in the coming week.    

    EPRDF has been expressing willingness to work closely with political parties on national issues, acknowledging its weakness in the past in this regard.

    The Party has been working with political parties that are willing to cooperate under the umbrella of the joint political parties' council.

    Shiferaw said the party is ready to work with other parties that are peacefully operating in th

  • Ethiopian Mother of Angelina Jolie's Adopted Daughter Seeks Access

    Angelina-Jolie-Zahra-Mom-asking-for-contactJanuary 17, 2017 - The natural mother of Angelina Jolie's adopted Ethiopian daughter Zahara has made a heartfelt plea to the superstar actress telling her: 'Please just let me talk to my daughter', according to report in Dail Mail.

    Mentewab Dawit Lebiso told Daily Mail Online she is desperate to be part of her 12-year-old daughter's life - and called for Jolie to get custody of her daughter in the bitter split with Brad Pitt.

    She dreams of one day meeting the girl she gave up as a tiny infant - but said she would settle for the chance to simply hear her voice.

    'I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her,' said Mente

  • Ethiopian Premier Accuses Allana Potash of Tax Evasion

    Ethiopia-pm-accuses-allana-potash-of-tax-evasionJanuary 16, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Monday accused Allana Potash, the Canadian company which was engaged in potash mineral exploration and development project in the Afar Regional State, of tax evasion, according to Reporter.

    In a press conference held in his office on Monday morning Prime Minister Hailemariam was asked about the state of the Ethiopian mining sector and the exit of prominent mining companies such as Allana Potash and Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL).

    Hailemariam said that the case of Allana was related to tax evasion. “Allana owes the Ethiopian government some two billion birr in tax. Allana should pay this and the Ethiopian government will use legal means to recover its money,” the prime minister said.

    Allana Potash, which was listed in the Toronto Stock Ex

  • Ethiopia to Start Electronic Coffee Trading in Three Towns

    Ethiopia-to-launch-electric-coffee-trading-three-townsJanuary 16, 2017 - Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Marketing Development Authority is set to start electronic coffee trading in three towns as of the end of this Ethiopian fiscal year.

    Preparations are underway to launch the electronic markets in Hawassa, Nekemte and Humera towns, said Sani Redi, director general of the authority.

    The electronic trading creates a faster and more efficient platform for traders, he said.

    According to Sani, the electronic market in Humera town will also include trading of sesame. (FBC)

  • Donald Trump Sworn In 45th US President

    Trump-sworn-in-45th-US-PresidentJanuary 20, 2017 - Donald Trump, now the 45th president of the United States, promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put "America first."

    "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families," Trump said in his roughly 16-minute inauguration speech, the shortest since President Jimmy Carter's in 1977.

    Trump told Americans, "This moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America."

    At times his speech echoed themes from his presidential campaign.

  • Ethiopia Prepares to Celebrate 6th Anniversary of GERD

    Ethiopia-prepares-to-celebrate-GERDJanuary 19, 2017 - The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam said that preparations to mark the 6th anniversary Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) foundation stone laid is underway, according to Walta.

    In his exclusive interview with WIC, Public Relations Head with the Council, Hailu Abrham, said that the day will be marked under the objective of scaling up the national conciseness and generating much more money.

    Beauty contest, exhibitions, talk show, drawing competitions with children category, sport festivals, panel discussions are among the programs planned to mark the day colorfully.

    Grand GERD run will be also part of the program it was noted.

    The council has c

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    Ethiopian-airlines-to-open-7-new-destinationsJanuary 18, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has planned to launch seven new destinations within five months in 2017, of which three are in Africa, a press release issued by the Airline indicated, according to ENA report.

    Ethiopia will launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore).

    In addition to these stations, Ethiopian would have services from Addis Ababa to 98 different international cities located across the world.

    Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “As  the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned on the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record exp

  • Egyptian Lawyers Preparing Lawsuit Challenging Support for GERD

    egypt-lawyers-rallying-against-GERDJanuary 18, 2017 - A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a preliminary deal agreed by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project in March 2015, reported egypt media on Wednesday.

    The deal signed by President Sisi, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a decision that has caused huge concerns in Egypt over its water supply and ability to generate hydro-electric power.

    The news comes after Sisi faced calls on Tuesday to be prosecuted for treason following a court’s ruling against his government over the proposed transfer of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.


  • South Sudan Denies Making Any Deal Against Ethiopia - Report

    south-sudan-denies-making-anti-ethiopia-dealJanuary 18, 2017 - South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pita Morga, said his country cannot enter into a deal likely to harm Ethiopia’s interest with a third party, according to Sudan Tribune.

    Morga, in an interview with the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), dismissed the alleged report as fabricated.

    Since South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir paid visit to Egypt few days ago, lots of reports circulated on social media, alleging that the two leaders had agreed to sabotage a controversial Ethiopian massive dam project that is being built in Nile River which Cairo fears would eventually diminish its historic water share.

    Kiir’s recent visit to Cairo came weeks after Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met Kiir’s close all

  • Ethiopia Appeals for $948 Million in Humanitarian Aid for 2017

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    The humanitarian response plan, launched by the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners, aims to help 5.6 million people mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

    “Last year the Government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, was able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history. Today we need tha

  • Capital Inadequacy of Commerical Bank of Ethiopia Alarms Government

    CBE-capital-inadequacy-shocks-ethiopian-governmentJanuary 17, 2017 - A shocking decline of the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) at the largest state-owned bank, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) – currently at the lowest critical level of four percent – has prompted the government to deposit a security bond worth 26.5 billion birr, according to Reporter.

    The security bond is intended to raise the bank's paid up capital. In a bid to apply it quickly, the government has tabled a draft proclamation on Tuesday before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR). The bill proposes an issuance of the security bond worth 26.5 billion birr. If approved, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) will issue the security bond that will raise CBE's total capital to 40 billion birr.

    After the capital injection, CBE’s

  • Ethiopia Considering Partial Privatization for Shipping Enterprise - PM

    Ethiopia-considering-selling-shipping-enterpriseJanuary 17, 2017 - During  his latest press conference Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confirmed that his government is in the process of selling shares of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE), which is the only state run company that owns commercial boats in Africa, to an undisclosed company, according to Capital.

    The PM explained that  the costs of inland transportation out way the costs of transportation by sea because of logistical issues and the cost of moving freight in Ethiopia.  He pointed out that, “the newly inaugurated railway will substantially decrease the cost of transportation, but logistical concerns are still a major source of concern.”

    “We are trying to privatize the company with some e

  • Ethiopian Band Yegna to Continue Despite Funding Cut from UK

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  • World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian Universities

    World-bank-grants-24mln-to-ethiopian-universitiesJanuary 16, 2017 - The World Bank has granted a 24 million US dollars support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to help them establish centers of excellence.

    Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence after competing with other African universities.

    Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) will open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence.

    The World Bank provided 6 million US dollars for the establishment of each center.

    In a related development, AAU and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week, to extend partnership and promote collaboration in the areas of education and academic research. (FBC)

  • University of Toronto Starts Ge’ez Classes

    University-of-torontoJanuary 13, 2017 - The University of Toronto (U of T) has begun Ge’ez classes to enable a new generation of students understand the ancient language and access long-lost trove of knowledge.

    This week, Professor Robert Holmstedt of the department of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations welcomed 25 students and members of Ethiopian community in Toronto to the first day of an introductory course on Ge’ez.

    With this course, U of T becomes one of the only places in the world where students can learn the fundamentals of Ge’ez, according to a statement on the university’s site.

    The program came about through several significant donations, including from The Weeknd, the Ethiopian community and the Faculty of Arts & Science.

    Department Chair Professor Tim Harrison has said that he hoped, with continued supp

  • Ethiopia Will Cement Relationships with Neighboring Countries - PM

    ethiopia-to-cement-relationsJanuary 12, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his government will strengthen its bilateral relations with neighboring countries, according to FBC.

    The Premier gave today explanation for questions raised by members of the parliament (MPs).

    Responding to question regarding the status of Ethiopia’s relations with its neighbors, the Premier said, “We have excellent relations with Kenya and Sudan.”

    “Our relation with Djibouti is strategic and one step ahead from the relations with other countries. We have also good relations with both South Sudan and Somalia,” he added.

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