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UN Appeals for $864 Million for Drought-Hit Somalia

UN-appeals-aid-for-SomaliaMarch 24, 2017 - The United Nations says the $864 million U.N. humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Wednesday that "the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate." He says nearly 257,000 people left their homes between November and February and are internally displaced, and some 4,300 Somalis crossed the border into Ethiopia.

Haq says there are more than 13,000 cases of "acute watery diarrhea" and cholera with more than 300 deaths from those illnesses reported since the beginning o

Ethiopia Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Group

Ethiopia-joins-AIIBMarch 23, 2017 - The Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved membership of Ethiopia and other 12 applicants to join the Bank, according to ENA.

The announcement would bring the total membership of the bank to 70, the website of AIIB indicated.

“The interest in joining AIIB from around the world affirms the rapid progress we have made to establish the bank as an international institution," the website quoted  Jin Liqun, President of AIIB as saying.

“I am very proud that AIIB now has members from almost every continent and we anticipate further applications being consi

NASA AI First to Spot Early Changes in Ethiopian Volcano

Erta-ale-eruptionMarch 23, 2017 - Artificial intelligence can help satellites and other spacecraft observe interesting phenomena before humans even spot them. Case in point: NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft started capturing images of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano as soon as it developed a new fissure in late January, according to engadget.com. Volcanologists are keeping a close eye on Erta Ale, since it's one of the handful of volcanoes with lava lakes at the summit. They sent in requests asking NASA to use its Earth Observing-1 satellite to snap photos of the eruption, but by that time, the images were already available.

EO-1's AI cal

Ethiopian Diaspora Continues to Support GERD

Ethiopian-diaspora-support-GERDMarch 21, 2017 - Ethiopians Diaspora from different part of the world has warmly welcomed the launching of the construction of the dam, said Diaspora Engagement Affairs Director-General, Demeke Atnafu, according to ENA.

He added that they considered their participation in the development programs of the nation as the source of their pride, identity and self assurance as citizens.

According to the director, almost all Ethiopians living abroad converged around the construction of the dam by casting aside all the differences they have among themselves.

“It was for the first time when the Ethiopians livin

Ethiopia, Tanzania Top Recipients of Indian Line of Credit

Ethiopia-Tanzania-Top-recipients-India-LOCMarch 19, 2017 - Following the pledge made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the third India-Africa Forum to extend a total of 10 billion dollars in the form of concessional credit to African countries, the Export Import (EX-IM) Bank of India and Indian government has placed Ethiopia among the top recipients for a Line of Credits (LoCs) to the tune of 1.004 billion dollars, according to the Reporter. The top recipient was Tanzania with LoC of 1.115 billion dollars. The line of credit is suppored to be disbursed in the coming five years since the summit.

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Ethiopian Airbus A350 to Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Ethiopian-A350March 9, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines will be part of the annual Global Greening initiative of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2017, according to Stat Trade Times.

As part of the "Greenification of the World" campaign, launched by the Irish Tourism Board eight years ago, Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 will join a string of world landmarks in this campaign, including:  New York’s World Trade Center, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona, Pozzo di San Patrizio in Italy, Matsue Castle in Japan and the Diamond Bridge in South Korea.

The A350 XWB is one of t

Nestle Considering Setting Up Manufacturing Plant in Ethiopia

Nestle-EthiopiaMarch 5, 2017 - Operating over 2,000 brands across the world with one billion units’ sales annually, Nestle announced that it is considering Ethiopia to be one of its manufacturing destinations in the coming years although a final decision is yet to be made on setting up the manufacturing plant, according to FBC.

Wosenyeleh S. Fikre, cluster manager of Nestle for the Horn of Africa and the Equatorial African Region, told The Reporter that the Swiss transnational foods and drinks company, headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland, has plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Ethiopia where it is identifying untapped opportunities for the future.

G-24 Nations Meeting in Ethiopia This Week

G24-Meeting-in-EthiopiaFebruary 27, 2017 - The first Technical Group Meeting (TGM) of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty Four (G-24) opened here today, according to FBC. The G-24 is composed of 24 countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Developing countries need to assert greater policy space to experiment with alternative strategies that structurally transform their economies, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) said.

The TGM will focus on key areas related to investing in infrastructure and managing structural transformation as well as mobilizing domestic resources for development and international tax cooperation

Wife of Jailed Ethiopian Journalist Pleads with UK, US for Husband Release

Bezawit-requests-release-of-prisoned-husbandFebruary 27, 2017 - The wife of a blogger and journalist detained in Ethiopia called on the international community to pressure Ethiopian authorities to release her husband, according to The Guardian. Bezawit Hailegiorgis made this appeal on behalf of her husband, Anania Sorri, who is among prisoners held since a state of emergency was declared in the emerging east African power last year.

Anania Sorri, a 34-year-old writer and intellectual, was arrested in November on his way to a meeting at the US embassy in Addis Ababa. He is being held in a high security prison in the Ethiopian capital and has n

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

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 high

How An American Bureaucrat Became Somalia President

American-Bureaucrat-Somalia-PresidentFebruary 19, 2017 - The people Mohamed worked with during those years describe him as a kind and humble family man. But his ambition was evident, too, and it wasn’t just to improve the percentage of minority hires by DOT contractors. He earned a master’s degree in political science at New York State University in Buffalo. His thesis was titled: “U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia.”

“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 Transport

Malaysia Looking for Four North Korean Men in Connection with Airport Murder

North-Korea-MurderFebruary 19, 2017 - Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader, was waiting for his flight home to Macau when he was set upon by two women, according to Malaysian authorities. He was poisoned by two women using some chemicals. He sought help at an airport customer service desk and said "two unidentified women had swabbed or had wiped his face with a liquid and that he felt dizzy," Noor Rashid said.

Kim died en route to a hospital after suffering a seizure, officials say.

Investigators are looking for four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia the same day Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast h

Ethiopia: UAE to Secure Second Air and Naval Base in Horn of Africa

UAE-Somaliland-sign-naval-agreementFebruary 14, 2017 - After securing military base in Assab, Eritrea, UAE has moved south to Somaliland to establish yet another air and naval base in Berbera. Somaliland parliament just approved a deal to allowing the United Arab Emirates to establish air and naval base in the port town of Berbera, according to VOA report.

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo presented the motion on Sunday to a joint session by both houses of the parliament, saying “it will attract investments, and it will not bring any harm to Somaliland or the region.”

A number of lawmakers angrily opposed the motion and shouted ag

Money Confiscated from Ethiopian Travelers at Dulles Airport

US-airport-security-confiscates-money-ethiopiansFebruary 14, 2017 - Two travelers to Ethiopia and three travelers to Vietnam were found to be carrying more money than they said they were carrying, according to NBC.

The travelers to Ethiopia said they were carrying $10,000, but Customs and Border Protection officials discovered another $20,000 in a carry-on bag and $14,315 in the man’s jacket. All of the currency was seized, but $3,000 was returned for humanitarian relief.

More than $60,000 was seized at Washington Dulles International Airport this week after travelers failed to accurately report how much money they were carrying, according to the U.S

Malibu Couple Raising Money to Train Educators in Ethiopia

Malibu-couple-raising-money-education-ethiopiaFebruary 11, 2017 - Malibu native Christine Waljeski and her husband Julien Dubois, are raising money toward paying for the expenses of 325 teachers and government officials to go to one of several sites in Ethiopia for leadership training, according to Malibu Times. The couple has raised $12,500 toward their goal of $20,000, with a deadline of Feb. 14. Fundraising efforts by others in the U.S. and Canada will bring the total to $120,000.

Waljeski has committed to raising $20,000 to go on the trip — essentially paying for the expenses of 67 Ethiopian educators to travel from rural communities and attend the training. She

Under Trump Ban, Nine Yemenis Deported to Ethiopia

Trump-Yemen-Travel-BanFebruary 6, 2017 - Nine Yemenis who were deported from the United States under U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban were flown to Ethiopia, then taken to neighboring Djibouti, an Ethiopian government official said on Friday, according to Reuters.

The Yemenis, blocked by Trump's executive orders barring travel to America by people from Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries, had asked to go to Djibouti - just over the Red Sea from their home country - the official added.

"The only reason they came to Addis Ababa was because Ethiopian Airlines has flights from Addis Ababa to Washington," government spokesman Neg

Ethiopian Premier Asks Trump to Honor Africa Growth and Opportunity Act

PM-Hailemariam-Desalegn-Interview-WallStreetFebruary 2, 2017 - In an interview he gave to the Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said President Donald Trump’s “America first” message is following the lead of key Ethiopian ally, China, in looking to stimulate domestic job growth.

“China has become a model not only for Ethiopia but now even for the new administration of the United States,” Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, in an interview in which he urged President Trump to maintain a key trade deal and bolster cooperation against terrorism. “They are focused on bringi

UK Minister Priti Patel Visiting Ethiopia

UK-Minister-to-Visit-EthiopiaJanuary 31, 2017 - Priti Patel, the UK minister for International Development, is in Addis Ababa to attend the AU summit, according to teh Reporter.

The minister is scheduled to meet with Ethiopian government officials and discuss bilateral issues.

During her visit, Minister Patel plans to meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) and Arekebe Oqubay (PhD), board chairman of the Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IDPC).

She also plans to visit the Hawassa Industrial Park, where several renowned multinational corporations are installing textile machineries.

World Leaders React to Trump Presidency

World-leaders-react-to-trumpJanuary 28, 2017 - In just one week, President Donald Trump has announced several executive decisions that will liekly have dramatic consequences for the people in the United States. Many of these decisions will also fundamentally affect other countries as well. Several world leaders scrambled to react to Trump’s announcements. Here are some notable comments thus far:

French President François Hollande - sees “challenges proposed by the new U.S. administration,”. “We of course have to speak to Donald Trump, as he was chosen by the Americans to be their president,” he said. “But we have to do it with

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