• Fighting Reported Between Al Shabaab and AMISOM in Lower Shabelle Region

    AMISOMOctober 27, 2016 - Heavy fighting between Al shabaab and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) erupted in Number 50 location in lower shabeele region in southern Somalia, residents told Radio Dalsan.

    The fighting started when militants launched ambush attack targeted AMISOM base in the village, residents said. There were casualties reached the both side who were fighting the location but still no revealed the damaged.

    Source: All Africa

  • Ethiopian Scientist Wins International Prize

    Ethiopian scientist wins prizeOctober 26, 2016 - A leading Ethiopian Botanical Scientist Professor Sebsebe Demissew has been selected to be the recipient of this year`s prestigious Kew International Medal.

    In selecting Professor Sebsebe, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK), acknowledges his lifelong work on promoting Ethiopian biodiversity and the direct benefit for people in the country and right across Africa.

    The reception on celebrating his award took place at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa while his medal will be presented in London by January.

    “Professor Sebsebe is a highly influential and charismatic leader in the field of botanic science, exactly the type of person who we want to acknowledge with this award,” Professor Kathy Willis, Director of Science RBG Kew said.

    In recognizing his vast contribution, Ke

  • Eritrean Pilot Defects to Ethiopia with Military Plane

    Eritrean pilot defectsOctober 26, 2016 - An Eritrean air force pilot has defected on Wednesday by flying his military aircraft to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle, sources disclosed to Awramba times.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilot who defected to Ethiopia today is the first ever Eritrean a

  • Kenyan Police Commander, Officers Detained in Ethiopia

    Kenyan police commander detained in EthiopiaOctober 26, 2016 - Ethiopian police from the Bubua police station arrested Illret Police Station OCS Chief Inspector Christopher Nalianya and five other officers from Marsabit on October 23, police say.

    The station commander was accompanied by Constable Samson Kato, who was driving a police truck, Constable Patrick Juma, Constable Samson Njenga, National Police Reservist (Inspector) Lomide Achala, and the Illret Ward administrator, Mr Koriye.

    The team had crossed the border to secure the release of a reservist, Salim Kala, who had been arrested on October 21 for allegedly fishing along the shores of Lake Turkana on the Ethiopian side.

    They were all armed but were placed in custody after their firearms were confiscated. The vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser (GK B414E), is also detained there

  • No Early Elections due to Unrest - Ethiopia

    October 26, 2016 - Ethiopia’s government has ruled out holding new nationwide elections to address the grievances behind nearly a year of deadly protests. But the opposition says the changes the government is undertaking are not good enough.

    Government spokesman Getachew Reda says Ethiopia will not call for an early vote. The next regional and nationwide elections are scheduled for 2020.

    “What we are trying to do is to follow the election cycle," said Reda. "This government does not have the slightest of intention to all of sudden change the law and call for a vote based on a changed law. We are here for the long haul.”

    Reda said Wednesday parliament will instead convene to endorse a proposal from the prime minister to reorganize the Cabinet. That is expected in the next week, though Reda did not give an exact date.<

  • Ethiopia-China Human Resource Cooperation Growing

    Ethio-China CooperationOctober 26, 2016 - The Chinese government attaches due importance on cooperation in education, medical care service, administrative and industrial management.

    The cooperation of Ethiopia and China in human resource development has been raised as a week-long training of trainers (ToT) for Meles Zenawi Leadership Academy was opened here yesterday.

    Opening the training, Academy President Dr. Tewdros Hagos said that Ethio-Chinesse cooperation spun many sectors with various cooperation agreements, one of which is to share experiences in human resource development.

    "Out of this general agreement, the Chinese government has agreed to help the Academy by providing over 800 million Birr support, and share their experience when it comes to training high government officials as they have more exp

  • Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway Line Modernisation, Ethiopia

    Ethiopian new railwayOctober 16, 2016 - The 752.7km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway modernisation project, also known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, is the first modern electrified railway line in Africa. The project is jointly owned the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti and constructed by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

    The modernisation is expected to provide landlocked Ethiopia with faster access to the port of Djibouti.

    In November 2015, the first freight services on the line began. The first train containing 1,125t of international food assistance departed from Djibouti to Ethiopia in December 2015.

    The line was formally inaugurated for passenger services in October 2016.

    The railway connecting Ethiopia with Djibouti via Dire Dawa is a 780km metre-gauge line opened in 1917. It is

  • Eritrean Pilots Defect to Ethiopia With Jets

    Two Eritrean pilots defectOctober 27, 2016 - Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighboring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world's most closed-off states.

    "The two pilots flew their small-sized fighter jets to Mekelle on Wednesday morning," Nasredin Ahmed Ali, spokesman for the Ethiopia-based Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization, told The Associated Press.

    The spokesman identified the pilots as Afeworki Fisehaye and Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and described them as being very experienced with Eritrea's air force. He said Ethiopian fighter jets accompanied them upon their entry into the country's air space.

    One witness, Abiy Chelkeba, a lecturer at Mekelle University, said Ethiopian jets were flying very low

  • al-Shabab Coming Back After Ethiopia Pulls Out From Somalia

    al-shabab returing October 27, 2016 - Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, are making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighboring Kenya, killing 12.

    The resurgence of Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, could affect Somalia's plans to hold elections next month and further destabilize what is already one of the world's most failed states.

    The rebels had steadily lost ground over the past five years, first losing control of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 and then being pushed out of virtually all of Somalia's other major cities and towns. This was largely the work of the African Union force of 22,000 soldiers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, which is supported by the U.N. The relatively weak Somalia army, with 35,000 troops, also participated in the operations.


  • Troop Withdrawal from Somalia due to Lack of Support - Ethiopia

    Ethiopia withdraws troops from SomaliaOctober 26, 2016 - Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants.

    It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU's recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia.

    Ethiopia is a major contributor of soldiers to the Amisom, the African Union mission in the country.

    Ethiopia has recently withdrawn from several other bases, which were quickly occupied by al-Shabab militants.

    Officials in Somalia's Bakol region say some residents have already fled the area since the Ethiopian troops left, fearing an imminent of al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda.

    Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC that the troops withdrawn from south-western Somalia were not part of Amisom.


  • Ethiopia Vows to Protect Foreign Companies

    Damaged produce thrown out in EthiopiaOctober 26, 2016 - Ian Derry was shocked when he got the news. A group of men had ransacked his company’s factory and burned down several buildings. A decade of work, tonnes of produce, tens of millions of dollars invested in equipment – it was all gone in the span of a few hours.

    Derry is the director of africaJUICE, a Dutch company whose fruit processing plant in Ethiopia was one of almost a dozen factories attacked during the most recent outburst of protests by the Oromo ethnic group. Now foreign agri-businesses like his face a tough choice: stay, despite the risk, or leave and lose their investment.

    “We are still assessing the damage but the losses are massive,” says Derry. Since its launch in 2009, the company had grown its staff in Ethiopia to around 2,000 people and was bustling

  • Internet Stoppage Costing Ethiopia Millions

    Internet stopage costing Ethiopia millionsOctober 16, 2016 - Ethiopia lost around USD 9 million during an Internet shutdown that occurred between July 1, 2015 and June 30th 2016, a new study by The Brookings Institution, claims.

    The study authored by Brookings Vice President Darrell West states that in recent years, a number of countries globally have blocked particular applications, shut down specific digital services, turned off mobile telecommunications services, or disrupted the entire Internet.

    “Governments have many reasons for shutting down digital connections: national security, public safety, economic reasons, and wanting to maintain control. Most leaders don’t do research on the consequences. We did our study so that government officials had some sense of the economic damage that results from shutting down the Internet,” West

  • Ethiopian Council of Ministers Adopts Specifics of Emergency Decree

    Ethiopian ParliamentOctober 16, 2016 - The Council of Ministers in its 16th regular session today passed a ruling to guide the implementation of the state of emergency declared on October 8, 2016

    The guideline plainly stipulates the directions the Command Post needs to take in executing given tasks.

    It is to be recalled that a Command Post led by the Prime Minister was set up to oversee the implementation of provisions in the nationwide state of emergency.

    Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency following the escalation of violence assisted by what the government said outside forces in some parts of the country.

    The Council in today’s session also discussed and passed ruling on the establishment of the Ethiopian Space Council and Institute as well as the National Information and Technology draft policy.

    Source: ENA

  • In Ethiopia’s war against social media, the truth is the main casualty

    Is truth the casualityOctober 16, 2016 - The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for world leaders to take to the bully pulpit of the U.N. chamber and trumpet their country’s achievements or slam their enemies.

    Last month, presidents, kings and prime ministers talked about the dangers of climate change, progress made in development goals, the threats of terrorism or their responses to the global immigration crisis. But when Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the podium Sept. 21, the global challenge he had in mind was perhaps unexpected: social media.

    There were many other things he could have discussed, including Ethiopia’s impressive investments in infrastructure like hydroelectric dams and its high growth rates — or even a devastating drought that the government and it

  • Ethiopia Announces New Curbs

    Ethiopian Prime MinisterOctober 16, 2016 - Ethiopia imposed curbs on its opposition, travel restrictions on diplomats, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew around major projects in new measures announced on Sunday that follow the declaration of a six-month, nationwide state of emergency.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared the state of emergency earlier this month, saying months of unrest threatened the Horn of Africa nation's stability.

    More than 500 people have been killed in protests in the Oromiya region surrounding the capital Addis Ababa and other areas since last year, after anger over a development scheme for the capital sparked broader anti-government demonstrations over politics and human rights abuses.

    The state of emergency was effective from Oct. 8.

    In a directive released on Sunday, opposition parties were barred f

  • Ethiopia blames Egypt and Eritrea over unrest

    October 10, 2016 - Ethiopia's information minister says groups in Eritrea and Egypt are contributing to the unrest, which has led to a six-month state of emergency.

    Getachew Reda said the foreign elements are arming and financing opposition groups, but not necessarily with the formal backing of their governments.

    Under the state of emergency troops will be deployed to quell protests.

    It follows months of anti-government demonstrations by members of the country's two largest ethnic groups.

    Violence has intensified since the beginning of the month when at least 55 people were killed during a protests at an Oromo religious festival.

    The state of emergency, which was announced on Sunday, will last for six months.

    Mr Getachew told journalists in the Ethiopian, capital, Addis Ababa, that "all kinds of eleme

  • A Joyous Day in East Africa as the Ethiopia-Djibouti Rail Connection Is Inaugurated

    The Ethiopian and Djibouti governments have inaugurated the first and the longest electric railway line in East Africa, built with the help of two Chinese firms and a Chinese bank.Oct. 10, 2016 — Railway Gazette reports today on the inauguration of the 756-kilometer standard-gauge Chinese-built railway linking Ethiopia with Djibouti. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh officially inaugurated the linking of their countries with a ceremony in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today.

    "It is the first standard-gauge electrified railroad on the continent built with Chinese stand

  • Ethiopia to overtake Kenya as Eastern Africa’s top economy

    ethiopia-to-overtake-kenyaOctober 10, 2016 - Ethiopia’s economy is expected to overtake Kenya’s this year, buoyed by massive government spending on infrastructure that has kept the Horn of Africa nation on the list of the world’s fastest-growing economies in the past 10 years.

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest statistical estimates indicate that Ethiopia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to grow from 61.62 billion US dollars in 2015 to 69.21 billion US dollars this year, narrowly beating Kenya’s output, which is expected to rise from 63.39 billion US dollars to 69.17 billion US dollars over the same period.

    “Ethiopia has experienced doub

  • Is Ethiopia unravelling?

    A mural in an ethiopian churchOctober 10, 2016 - On Sunday evening, the bars of Addis Ababa were doing their usual brisk business. Just 50 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, in the picturesque volcanic lake town of Bishoftu, more than 100 people lay dead.

    About two million ethnic Oromo had turned up to celebrate a traditional cultural festival. But a deadly stampede ensued after police fired tear gas at protesters who were chanting anti-government slogans and throwing stones and bottles.

    Ethiopia is going through its most widespread and sustained protests since the ruling Ethiopia People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front came to power in 1991. It’s testing the leadership’s grip, and its big idea of a “developmental state” – the implied bargain in which the gove

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    Ethiopian Magazine stops publicationOctober 26, 2016 - Ethiopia's best-selling magazine says it is terminating its print edition because the state of emergency the government imposed this month is making regular publication "impossible."

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