• Israeli Hospital Operates on Ethiopian Boy Mauled by Hyena

    Israel-hospital-operates-ethiopian-hyena-victimFebruary 23, 2017 - An Ethiopian boy who was mauled by hyena was brought to Israel for operation. Doctors at Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya have successfully treated the seven- year-old boy whose head and face were severely mauled by a wild spotted hyena.

    He was brought to Israel and treated here for humanitarian reasons. He has recovered and his functional and cosmetic outcome is “acceptable,” doctors stated.    

    The boy’s head was unrecognizable when he arrived in the hospital, where he was treated in the plastic surgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and maxillofacial departments. He had barely survived the attack.

    The unusual case was presented in the latest issue of Israel Medical Association Journal by doctors

  • South Sudan President Arrives in Addis Ababa

    South-Sudan-President-Arrives-AAFebruary 23, 2017 - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day official visit in the country, according to ENA.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has welcomed the Soth Sudanese President upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

    During his stay, President Kiir is expected to discuss with President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on bilateral and issues of mutual interest.

    A number of agreements that would enable the two countries to cooperate in various areas are also expected to be signed between the two sides.

    During the visit of Prime Minister Hailemariam to Juba last October, the two sides have decided to strengthen relationship by concluding various cooperation agreements. They agreed to partner in trade and inve

  • Qatar Company Seeks Land for Hospitality Project in Addis Ababa

    Ezdan-Holding-Group-to-invest-ethiopiaFebruary 22, 2017 - Ezdan Holding Group, a giant company from Qatar, is looking at a plot of land around the African Union (AU) for its real estate venture project, according to Capital.

    During a visit last year Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of Ezdan Holding Group, which is affiliated with the ruling family, expressed a desire to invest in the hospitality and real estate sector around AU.

    He recently arrived as part of a delegation to pay a second visit to the city, meeting with top government officials, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. Sources at Addis Ababa City Administration told Capital that for the past year they have been looking in the city to find land for the company.

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    South-Sudan-President-Visiting-EthiopiaFebruary 22, 2017 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday for a three-day official visit, according to ENA.

    The President is visiting Ethiopia upon the invitation from Prime Minister Hailemariam Deasalegn.

    Upon his visit to Juba last October, Prime Minister Hailemariam and President Kiir had concluded various cooperation agreements.

    The two sides had agreed to partner in trade and investment, peace and security as well as infrastructure, among others.

    President Kiir's visit is expected to further boost the bilateral ties between the two countries.

    A number of cooperation agreements are also expected to be concluded, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (ENA)

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    This is part of the country's initiative to develop agro processing parks which enables the nation to process agricultural products with the aim of exporting value added items.

    In his remark the Ethiopian Premier said that the agro processing park will enable the country to value add to its livestock, fruits &vegetables, cereal  and oilseed products that has been exported mostly as unprocessed.

    The nation that has been exporting raw agricultural products and the farmers who supply the products as well have been suffering from low returns, Hailemariam said.

    These kind of industrial parks are expected to

  • Genale Dawa III Power Project Nears Completion - Ethiopian Ministry

    Genale-Dawa-III-near-completionFebruary 21, 2017 - The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity announced 91 percent completion of Genale Dawa III hydropower project, according to ENA.
    The project, being built on Genale River at a cost of 451 million US dollars, will raise Ethiopia’s total electricity installed generation capacity to 4, 541MW from 4,260 MW now, once completed.

    Dr. Engineer Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity visited the progress of the project recently.

    “The project has reached at 91 percent completion status. Electrical and mechanical works which allow the dam to generate power are progressing well,” said the Minister during the visit.

    According to Dr. Engineer Sileshi, the power dam will soon start to retain water.

    The construction of spillway

  • Ethiopia Commemorates Martyr’s Day

    Martyrs-day-celebratedFebruary 20, 2017 - Ethiopia commemorates the thousands of Ethiopians massacred by the troops of fascist Italy 80 years ago following the attempted assassination on Marshal Rodolfo Graziani., according to ENA

    The 80th anniversary of Martyr’s Day featured laying of wreaths in memory of the dead at the Martyr’s Monument attended by patriots and a huge crowd of people.  

    The Martyrs’ Day commemorates Ethiopians indiscriminately massacred by the Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination on Marshal Rodolfo Graziani.

    Estimates show that as many as 30,000 Ethiopians were killed during the massacre.

    The nation has erected a monument in Sidist kilo, near the Addis Ababa University in memory of the thousands of innocent civilians killed by the fascist troops. (ENA)

  • US Government Delegation Visits Ethiopia

    US-delegation-visits-EthiopiaFebruary 23, 2017 - U.S. delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Ethiopia on Wednesday. Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn expressed Ethiopia`s desire to further strengthen its relation with the new administration of the United States particularly in trade and investment, according to FBC.

    Noting that Ethiopia and the U.S. have been enjoyed longstanding relation the Premier urged the need to further boost the ties.

    In this regard, he urged the U.S. to enhance trade and investment cooperation with Ethiopia in general and the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in particular.

    Hailemariam also highlighted the need for strong support from the U.S. to build the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change such as the current drought in parts of the country.

    Head of the de

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    Merera-Gudina-charged-wth-terrorismFebruary 23, 2017 - Dr Merera Gudina, the Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors, according to Africa News.

    Merera Gudina is accused of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. He was twice denied bail by the courts as the police continued to gather evidence for charges.

    The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the opposition chief was charged along with two others. Jawar Mohammed a popular Oromo activist and Executive Director of the Oromia Media network and Berhanu Nega, were also charged with terrorism.

    Gudina, during his last appearance in court vehemently denied any terrorism allegations and said that he had spent his life teaching against the ideals of violence and terrorism.


  • New President of Somalia Inaugurated

    Somalia-President-InauguratedFebruary 22, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam attended the inauguration of Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed or 'Farmajo' as he is known, according to FBC.
    Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the representatives from 124 countries who attended Farmajo's inauguration held today in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

    Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Hailemariam pledged to stand by Somalia.

    “Ethiopia's government and its people will stand on your side. It's our wish to see a stable Somalia that contributes to regional stability and prosperity," the Premier told the crowd.

    President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh on his part praised Somalia's outgoing pr

  • Professor Pankhurst Laid to Rest at Holy Trinity Addis Ababa

    Richard-Pankhurst-laid-to-restFebruary 21, 2017 - Professor Richard Pankhurst, the prominent historian and researcher on Ethiopia, was laid to rest at the Saint Trinity Cathedral today, according to ENA.

    President Mulatu Teshome and other senior government officials as well as grieving family members and relatives of the scholar were present at the funeral.

    Professor Richard Pankhurst was born in London in 1927 and earned a BSc. in Economic History and a PhD in Political Science.

    He was involved with his mother, Sylvia Pankhurst, in the campaign against the fascist occupation of Ethiopia and participated with her in demonstrations, fundraising and campaigns, and assisted her with the editing of the newspaper “New Times and Ethiopian News” for over 20 years, according to a brief biography distributed at the fun

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    Ethiopia-industrial-parkFebruary 20, 2017 - Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) said it is finalizing a draft Industrial Parks Regulation that will mainly enable businesspersons to get one-stop services in the various parks across the country, reports ENA.

    This was disclosed at a half-day consultative workshop on the draft regulation organized by the commission today.

    Investment Commissioner Fistum Arega said the regulation will bring together government organizations scattered at various locations so that they can conveniently serve investors.

    It will also help to manage and develop industrial parks, establish system and monitoring, and ensure the responsibility and accountability of users of the industrial parks, he added.

    The commissioner, who recalled the endorsement of the Proclamation on Industrial Parks on April 9, 2015, added

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    “We all got the sense that he just had a passion, and a heart for his country,” said Janine Shepherd, who worked in the cubicle next to Mohamed at the New York Department of Transportation. “He was always really bothered by the corruption there.”

    In 2010, not even a year after receiving his master’s, Mohamed got a chance to talk about these issues with

  • Ethiopia: 133 Days Since Historic Move to Deal with Crisis

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