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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

Executive Orders in One Week of Trump Presidency

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January 28, 2017 - Since taking office a week ago, US President Donald Trump has been signing a flurry of executive orders bypassing congress like no other and undoing decisions made by former president Barack Obama. Here is a running list of executive orders he has signed so far.

1. Providing “relief” from the Affordable Care Act - This order allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of other departments and agencies to waive or delay the implementation of any ACA provisions that would impose a financial burden or any state or a regulatory burden on any individuals.

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Trump Bars Refugees, Citizens from Seven Muslim Countries

Trump-bars-refugees-muslims-7-countriesJanuary 27, 2017 - US President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries, according to NY Times.

Declaring the measure part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.

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Tedros Adhanom One of Three Finalists for WHO Top Position

Tewodros-Adhanom-One-of-Three-FinalistsJanuary 25, 2017 - The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that three finalists are in the running to become the next director-general of the global health agency.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 51, of Ethiopia, Dr. Sania Nishtar, 53, of Pakistan, and Dr. David Nabarro, 67, of Britain were selected as finalists in the competition to replace Dr. Margaret Chan, whose second term of office ends June 30. Their voting tallies were in that order, sources told STAT.

Knocked out of contention were Dr. Flavia Bustreo, 55, of Italy, a WHO assistant director-general, and France’s Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, 64, at one

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

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

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

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

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

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