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Addis Ababa Renames Roundabout and Street to Honor Relations with Washington DC

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Washington-DC-Mayor-Addis-AbabaNovember 12, 2019 ( -- Addis Ababa city has renamed a roundabout and a street to honor relations with Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. Addis Ababa city renamed a roundabout formerly called Gazebo Roundabout to “Washington DC Square” whilst the Washington DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, was paying an official visit to the Ethiopian capital. The avenue linking the square to the headquarters of the African Union has also been renamed "Mayor Muriel Bowser Street" after the visiting Mayor Bowser.

The naming comes after a host of agreements were signed between

US, WB Role on GERD Talks Limited to Assisting Negotiators - Ethiopian FM

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Gedu-Andargachew-FM-EthiopiaNovember 8, 2019 ( -- The role of United States and World Bank as observer in future talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project is limited to assisting the countries to reach a win-win solution.

Briefing journalists and Ethiopian diplomats and community in Washington DC on Friday following the conclusion of the US mediated talks between the three countries, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the US mediated talks involve just procedures on how the three countries would resolve differences in relation to the GERD project.

US, World Bank to Observe GERD Talks

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GERD-Talks-DCNovember 7, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have agreed to resume talks in which the United States and World Bank will participate as observers on the filling and other operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting in Washington DC, the ministers — Sameh Hassan Shoukry of Egypt, Gedu Andargachew of Ethiopia, and Asma Mohamed Abdalla of Sudan — noted the significance of the Nile to the development of the people of their countries, and "reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mu

Ethiopia Accepts US-Mediated Talks on GERD

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Washington-DC-GERD-MediationOctober 31, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has accepted an invitation from the US government to participate in Washington-mediated talks on the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a Spokesperson for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry has disclosed.

Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt will be represented by their foreign ministers in Washington DC to take part in an American-mediated talks to be held in the coming days, Nebiat Getachew, Spokesperson of the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a briefing on Thursday.

He said Ethiopia will stick to its previous stands, including the dam’s filling period of not more tha

Russia-Africa Economic Forum Held in Sochi, Russia

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Russia-Africa-Summit-2019October 24, 2019 ( -- Russia-Africa Economic Forum kicked off this week in Sochi city in Russia. The two-day forum is the first economic forum between Africa and Russia and was held starting October 23, 2019.

Russia has historical ties with several African governments, and it is often regarded favorably in some countries due to the Soviet Union’s support for independence movements in the 1960s and 1970s. However, according to many, Russia has largely failed to translate this into economic influence.

Currently, the economic connection is still relatively modest despite Russia’s strong

Ethiopia Introduces New Directive to Halt Fraud in Export Business

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Misganu-Arega-state-Minister-EthiopiaOctober 21, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry has introduced a new “Export Contract Registration and Performance Directive” as part of its effort to address fraud in the country’s export business.

Briefing journalists on Monday, October 21, 2019, State Minister of Trade and industry Misganu Arega said the absence of legal document that governs the export business has left a significant number of Ethiopian exporters engaged in unfair competitions and setting lower prices to the country’s export items at international markets.

Reports reveal that Ethi

Ethiopia Drafts Law Containing Death Penalty to Combat Human Trafficking

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human-trafficking-EthiopiaOctober 16, 2019 ( -- The Office of the Attorney General of Ethiopia has prepared a new draft bill introducing harsher penalties including death against human traffickers and migrant smugglers. The draft law contains a number of penalties, ranging from imprisonment to death penalty.

Tempted by job prospects abroad, many migrants use smugglers for a trip where too many end up falling prey to trafficking. They face unimaginable hardships - from abductions, attacks, hunger and dehydration on the route, to physical, sexual, psychological abused restriction of movements, death, and denial of salaries at the de

Finland President Sauli Niinistö in Ethiopia on Two-Day Official Visit

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Finland-President-visiting-EthiopiaOctober 15, 2019 ( – The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö is in Ethiopia on a two-day official visit. He arrived yesterday in Addis Ababa welcomed by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.

Upon his arrival, the President met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde to discuss political, economic and social bilateral integrations among many other things.

Expressing her pleasure welcoming the Finland President, Sauli Niinisto, whose visit to Ethiopia is the first to the Continent, President Sahle-Work called for strengthened relations between the t

Ethiopian Airlines Giving Remains of Crash Victims to Families

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ET-302-crashOctober 15, 2019 ( – Ethiopian Airlines is giving the remains of those who lost their lives in the recently crashed Ethiopian airplane to their respective families.

The crash occurred on March 10, 2019, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight number ET 302 departed from Bole International Airport with destination to Nairobi, Kenya.

Just 6 minutes after takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed in the Bishoftu plains, killing all 157 passengers on board.

More than 30 nationalities are among the dead, including Ethiopian Nationals. The disaster had shocked and saddened the whole world.

Among the vi

World Leaders Congratulate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

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Abiy-Ahmed-Nobel-PrizeOctober 11, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minster Dr Abiy Ahmed received congratulations from various world leaders on winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in his contribution to peace with Eritrea and introducing various reforms at home.

Dr. Abiy Ahmed was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo after tight competition from with Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaign has gained international recognition.

Besides the young climate activist, the Ethiopian Prime Minster faced other 301 candidates to get the prestigious award. Follo

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Abiy-Ahmed-wins-Nobel-PrizeOctober 11, 2019 ( -- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

In awarding the prestigious prize, the Nobel Committee noted Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's contribution to peace and international cooperation, particularly for his decisive initiative to making peace with neighboring Eritrea, and also for liberalizing the political and economic conditions in Ethiopia.

The Nobel Committee noted his unconditional and decisive willingness to accept the border ruling with Eritrea and for taking the initi

Meet Samba Schutte: Hollywood Actor, Comedian, Writer Who Grew Up in Ethiopia

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Samba-SchutteOctober 10, 2019 ( -- Samba Schutte is an actor, comedian and writer who was born in Mauritania and grew up in Ethiopia until the age of 18. He is known for playing in NBC Sunnyside comedy TV series (2019), Netflix The Tiger Hunter (2016), and for writing acclaimed video game Battlefield V (2018). He also performed in award-winning games, namely Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017). Samba speaks 4 languages: English, French, Dutch and Amharic.

Samba Schutte was born in Mauritania in 1983 and moved with his family to Ethiopia at the age of two. Hi

Ethiopia Calls for Global Action on Renewable Energy

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UN-EnvironmentOctober 8, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia called for global action on renewable energy and pledged its support for activities on this front, including the United Nations environmental programs.

The country has expressed its concern over the worsening climate change during the annual conference of the United Nation Environment Program which starts today in Nairobi, Kenya.

Environmental Activist, representatives from different countries and various stakeholders were present during the opening of the annual conference.

Representing Ethiopia, Ambassador Meles Alem reflected Ethiopia’s commitment to protect the

PM Abiy Ahmed One of Leading Contenders for 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, According to Time Magazine

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2019-Nobel-Peace-PrizeOctober 8, 2019 ( -- Times Magazine has published about the prospects of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Abiy Ahmed is one of several leading contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, including the favorite, Greta Thunberg of Sweden.

The Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, will announce the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize this week on Friday. The prize is awarded annually to a person or organization that has done the most to promote world peace.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is praised for his work to reconcile with Eritrea after more than two decades no-war

International Astronomical Union Symposium Opens in Addis Ababa

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International-Astronomical-Union October 7, 2019 ( -- The International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium opens today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Remembering it’s establishment in 1919, the International Astronomical Union has celebrated its one hundred anniversary through hosting four-day symposium which starts today in the Capital of Ethiopia.

The Symposium was organized under the theme “100 years: under one sky,” and it is aimed at conducting scientific discussions about physics behind active galaxies that are luminous galaxies in the universe.

Mirjana Povic, Head of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Ethiop

Nile River Should Not Be Source of Uncertainty - Ethiopian President

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President-Sahle-Work-UNSeptember 27, 2019 ( -- The use of Abay (Nile) River should not be a source of uncertainty and competitiveness among the Nile basin countries, said President Sahle-Work Zewdie of Ethiopia.

Addressing the 74th UN General Assembly at New York on Thursday September 26, 2019, President Sahelwork Zewdie said the River Nile would present a unique opportunity to strengthen trans-boundary cooperation among sisterly countries of the Nile basin countries.

The president, who made her speech in Amharic, may be the second for Ethiopian head of state to speak in Amharic after emperor Haileselassie, said &r

Multinationals Siphon up to $200b in Tax Evasion from Africa, Developing Countries

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Tax-Evasion-AfricaSeptember 25, 2019 ( -- Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) take away up to $200 billion a year in tax evasion from developing countries mainly from Africa, UNCTAD 2019 report has revealed.

The new UNCTAD's report launched in Addis Ababa on Wednesday said there are unrestrained private capital flows from developing countries to developed countries and that is negatively affecting developing nations in their journey towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The report said the situation has forced developing countries to accumulate foreign exchange reserves, usually in the form of short-term d

President Sahle-Work Urges Donors to Help in Transition to Renewable Energy Sources

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President-Sahle-WorkSeptember 23, 2019 ( -- President Sahle-Work Zewde said delivering timely and adequate financial support to developing countries that are most vulnerable to climate change is important so that the transition to renewable energy can be realized quickly and successfully. President Sahle-Work Zewde made this remark at the closing of 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

She indicated that Ethiopia’s effort to transition to renewable energy sources through the adaptation of national electrification program is so far successful.

According to the President, the success has become an exa

Ethiopia, Norway Commit to Support Gender Empowerment

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Norway-EthiopiaSeptember 20, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia signed an agreement with The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation on Gender Equality for Development Program on September 18, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Acknowledging Gender Equality as fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the two parties agreed to work together for strengthening the Ethiopian System towards gender equality and female empowerment.

Taking such agreement as an important milestone, the two parties agreed that empowering young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for their live

8Kg of Cocaine Seized at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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Bole-International-AirportSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Customs Intelligence Team on Thursday announced the seizure of 8kg of cocaine which was on transit at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The Counter Narcotics Operations Unit of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission recently announced that more than 186 kilogram of cocaine, 9 kilogram heroine and 1104 kilogram cannabis were seized over the past one year, mostly trafficked through the Addis Ababa Bole International airport.

According to the commission, 80 suspects from 17 countries are being charged with trafficking the stated volumes o


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