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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

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 th

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 st

South Sudan President Visiting Ethiopia this Week

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 tie

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

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Elected President of Somalia

New-Somalia-PresidentFebruary 8, 2017 - Somalian Parliament elected new president on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen, was elected as the country's new president, according to CNN.

Farmajo was declared victorious after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.

Amid rising security concerns, the 328 members of Parliament met at an air force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes.

Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round.

Farmajo's vict

South Sudan Rebels Accuse Egypt of Bombing Raids

South-Sudan-rebels-accuse-egypt-bombingFebruary 6, 2017 - South Sudan rebels accused Egypt on Saturday of carrying out bombing raids against their positions, according to report on Reuters, Cairo issued immediate denial and warned of the risk of a regional war according to the report.

It was the first time either side had alleged Egyptian involvement in South Sudan's festering conflict, which pits President Salva Kiir's military against forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar.

The Egyptian air force on Friday dropped "more than nine bombs and explosions on the gallant SPLA-IO positions" near the northern villa

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

Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Strengthen Relations

Ethiopia-to-strengthen-relationsJanuary 31, 2017 - Leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to foster and diversify their scope of cooperation in bilateral and regional issues, according to ENA.

In a joint statement issued following the discussion between Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leaders agreed to continue to work together to enhance the bilateral relations between their countries. 

The two sides stressed the need to widen and deepen the scope of cooperation in all fields of their bilateral and regional relations, including political, economic and security.

The leaders underl

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.

President Alpha Conde of Guinea Elected AU Chairman

Alpha-Conde-Elected-AU-ChairJanuary 30, 2017 - The president of Guinea Alpha Conde was elected Chairman of the African Union (AU), replacing the outgoing president of Idris Debbi of Chad to lead the continent for 2017. He won after securing the vote of the West African countries.

The president is elected in the opening session of the 28th AU leader’s summit held in Addis Ababa with outgoing chair Idris Debbi, African Union Commission chairperson, Dr.Dlamini Zuma and invited dignitaries including United Nations (UN) Secretary General,Antonio Guterresand Palestine presidentMuhammad Abbas in attendance.

“I will work to improve the lo

Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad Elected AUC Chairman

Moussa-Faki-Mahamat-elected-AU-ChairJanuary 30, 2017 - Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Economic Integration of Chad, has been elected the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), reports FBC.

After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily.

He was a Prime Minister of Chad from June 24, 2003 to February 4, 2005, and serves as a member of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since April 2008.

A total of five candidates vied  for African Union Commissio

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meets Egypt President

Ethiopian-PM-Meets-Egypt-presidentJanuary 30, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt on the sideline of the 28th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to FBC.

It is believed that the discussion was centered on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and anti-Ethiopian forces operating in Egypt.

The Premier also held discussion with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan on ways of elevating business, investment and diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Sudan. (FBC)

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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