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Ethiopia Appeals for $948 Million in Humanitarian Aid for 2017

ethiopia-appeals-for-$948m-in-aid17 January 2017 – On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk.

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).

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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

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 signif

Joint Venture Agreement Signed to Establish Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company

railway-joint-ventureJanuary 12, 2017 - Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a joint venture agreement to establish a company that will manage the newly built Ethio-Djibouti railway, according to FBC.

The agreement was signed yesterday in Djibouti by Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide and Djibouti’s Minister of Transport and Finance.

The accord signed yesterday is part of the agreement signed recently between the two countries for the establishment of a joint company.  

Present at the signing ceremony were also Dr Girma Amente, Ethiopia’s Minister of Public Enterprise as well as heads of Ethiopian and Djibouti rai

Putin Directed Cyber Campaign to Help Elect Trump - US Intelligence

Putin-meddling-us-electionsJanuary 6, 2017 - Opening a very troubling chapter in US-Russian relations, the US intellegence sercices concluded that Russia was behind the election-related hacking that gave advantage to President-elect Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday, according to Reuters.

Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate former secretary of state Clinton, make it harder for her to win and harm her p

Britain Ends Funding for Ethiopia Girl Band

Ethiopian-girl-bandJanuary 6, 2017 - Britain says it has ended millions of dollars in funding for an Ethiopian girl band, amid growing criticism at home of overseas aid, reports New York Times. Yegna, sometimes called "Ethiopia's Spice Girls," addresses women's issues in the East African country.

A statement Friday from the Department for International Development says empowering women and girls remains a priority for Britain, "but we judge there are more effective ways to invest UK aid."

The move comes after reports of the band receiving another $6.3 million. The five-member band uses a radio show and music and drama production

Egypt Calls Meeting with Ethiopia, Sudan

Egypt-requests-meeting-with-ethiopia-sudanJanuary 5, 2017 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry called on Tuesday for a tripartite meeting with Ethiopia and Sudan in a phone conversation with his Ethiopia counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu, according to Daily News Egypt.

Shoukry congratulated the newly appointed Gebeyehu, before discussing bilateral interests between the two countries. Shoukry asserted the need to hold talks about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in order to discuss technical studies on the implications of the dam.

In March 2015, the three countries signed a declaration of principles whereby they agreed on the co

Ethiopia, Egypt and the Troubling History Over Nile Rivers

troubled-water-ethiopia-egyptJanuary 5, 2017 - Egypt and Ethiopia have been at odds for much of their modern history, perhaps nowhere more so than in their attempts to secure water of the Nile River basin. This particular struggle has been on full display in recent negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is situated on the Blue Nile. The history of competition over the critical waterway provides the context for regional dynamics that will endure long into the future.

Troubled Waters

Treaties lie at the center of controversy between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile River, primarily because most of these agreements neve

France Wants Stronger Relations with Ethiopia - Ambassador

France-ethiopia-for-stronger-relationsJanuary 04, 2017  - France’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Frédéric Bontems, praised today Ethiopia's role in promoting regional peace and stability as irreplaceable, reports ENA.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Ambassador Bontems had discussions on diverse issues.

Ambassador Bontems said it has become important to have Ethiopia on board on various international issues.

He also congratulated Ethiopia for officially beginning its two-year term as Non-permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council.

According to him, France will work in consultation wi

Delegation from Egyptian Parliament to Visit Ethiopia Soon: Speaker

Egypt-ParliamentJanuary 4, 2017 - Egypt's parliament speaker has said that Egypt and Ethiopia will soon be exchanging visits by parliamentary delegations, the head of the Egyptian parliament's African Affairs Committee Mostafa El-Gendy told state-owned MENA news agency on Wednesday, according to report by Ahram.

El-Gendy said that parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al headed a committee meeting on Wednesday where MPs discussed relations with other African countries, including Ethiopia.

El-Gendy did not provide specifics about the nature of the planned visits by the parliamentary delegations.

According to El-Gendy, Abdel-Al assured that Egypti

Ethiopia Begins Two-Year Term in UN Security Council

Ethiopia-starts-2-year-membership-UNSCJanuary 2, 2017 – Ethiopia has officially begun its two-year term as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) yesterday, Fana reports.

The United Nations General Assembly elected Ethiopia as non-permanent member to the Security Council in a secret ballot held last June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Ethiopia was elected with 185 votes out of 190 members of the General Assembly.

A seat on the Security Council is an important achievement because it gives a country a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security.

Ethiopia is one of the fo

Is Ethiopian GERD Too Big for Its Location?

GERD-LocationJanuary 1, 2017 - Construction of the 6,000-megawatt, US $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) began nearly six years ago and is now close to completion. Sometime in 2017, the dam, which sits on the Blue Nile near the border of Ethiopia and Sudan, will begin producing electricity, according to report in IEEE. Meanwhile, its vast 74 billion-cubic-meter reservoir will start to fill, a process expected to take anywhere from 5 to 15 years.

Ethiopia badly needs it. Only about a quarter of its citizens have access to electricity. The country’s installed capacity is a dismal 3,200 MW, and the annual per capita electricity consumption is among

Top World News of 2016

Year-2016-ReviewDecember 30, 2016 - The year 2016 has been a mementos year in many ways. The world saw some serious changes in the political landscape of important nations, as well the increasing complexity of peace and stablity the world over, chief among them wars, terror-related issues, and mass migration. With the election of Donald Trump, the US, the remaining sole super power, just entered a new political and stratgic territory, one that will likely test it's very foundation.

Here are some of the top stories of the year 2016.

1. Donald Trump elected next U.S. president: In a major upset, Republican presidential nomin

US President Obama Announces New Sanctions on Russia

Obama-announces-sanction-on-RussiaDecember 30, 2016 - President Obama announced new actions targeting Russia in response to what U.S. officials say were cyberattacks intended to interfere with the U.S. election, according to NPR.

In a statement Thursday, the US President said, "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," referring to hacks of the Democratic National Committee. Obama also cited an "unacceptable level of harassment" of American diplomats by Russian security services and police in Moscow.

The immediate impact of the president's executive order is that 35 Russian diplomats will be expelled from the U.S.

World Bank to Fund 100mln USD Refugee Project in Ethiopia

World-Bank-funds-refugee-projectDecember 30, 2016 - A new World Bank (WB) funded project promises improved living conditions for refugees camped across five regional states in Ethiopia, according report by ENA.

The Bank offered 100 million USD to implement "Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) In the Horn of Africa."

Refugees sheltered in Afar, Tigray, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali states, the five regional states hosting the refugees, and the host community will benefit from a range of development activities implemented by the funding.

The projects are believed to increase the benefit of the community from s

Egyptian FM Official Calls on Ethiopia to Stop Accusing Egypt

Egyptian-official-denies-Ethiopian-ClaimDecember 30, 2016 - An Egyptian Foreign Ministry official called on Addis Ababa to stop what Cairo believes to be the provocation of crises between the two countries against the backdrop of Ethiopian accusations in October that Cairo supports the anti-government Oromo ethnic group, according to the Middle East Monitor.

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Ethiopia started to construct the Grand Ethipian Renaissance Ethiopian Dam, which Egypt fears could reduce its share of Nile water.

“Addis Ababa knows well that Egypt has nothing to do with internal events in Ethiopia, but its attempts to involve Egypt&rsqu

Turkish Economy Minister, Business Delegation Visiting Ethiopia

Turkish-Economy-MinisterDecember 27, 2016 - Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and the 100 member business delegation will begin a one-day visit to Ethiopia on Wednesday, according to officials, reports AA Turkey.

Zeybekci’s official visit is packed with high profile engagements. He will meet the Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and Prime minister Haile Mariam Dessalenge.

He will also hold bilateral meetings with the Ethiopian Foreign and Industry ministers, Werknehe Gebeyewu and Abetew Ahemed, respectively.

The spokesperson of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tewelde Mulugeta, told Anadolu Agency that both countries e

Dialogue with Egypt Only Way to Resolve Conflict - Ethiopia

Dialogue-egypt-ethiopia-only-way-to resolve-conflictDecember 26, 2016 - Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Sunday that dialogue is the only way to resolve any problem that may arise with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, Anadolu news agency has reported.

“We believe in exchanging interests and benefits between the Nile Basin countries and we do not intend to harm any of those countries,” Dr Werkineh Gebeyehu told reporters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. “Ethiopia has fertile soil and the Gulf countries — especially Qatar and the UAE — have the money and want to invest their money.”

He reminded journ

Ethiopia Still Waiting for Response from Egypt - Ethiopian FM

Ethiopian-FM-GERD-EgyptDecember 26, 2016 – Ethiopian government announced that it is cooperating with the Egyptian government, yet it still awaits a response to the official request calling it to stop the work of certain opposing groups, reports Asharq Al-awsat.

Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said that there are Egyptian institutions harboring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia.

He explained that they repeatedly addressed the Egyptian authorities regarding those institutions, and called on them to take suitable procedures against them and investigate them.

The minister said that both the Ethiopian and Egyptian go

Ethiopian PM Accuses Egyptian Institutions of Supporting Opposition Groups - Egyptian Paper

GERDDecember 24, 2016 - Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn said that there are Egyptian institutions harbouring, supporting, and funding terrorist groups in Ethiopia, during his interview on Al- Muqabla show aired on Al-Jazeera on Thursday, according to Daily News Egypt.

The prime mInister's comments came in response to a question regarding his country’s claims that Egypt and Eritrea are supporting opposition groups in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian PM explained that they repeatedly addressed the Egyptian authorities regarding those institutions, and called on them to take suitable procedures against them and investigate them,

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