| How An American Bureaucrat Became Somalia President
February 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
February 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
February 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
February 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
February 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
February 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.
| South Sudan Rebels Accuse Egypt of Bombing Raids
February 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
February 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
February 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
January 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
January 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
January 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
January 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
January 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
January 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
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.
| 30th AU Summit Begins with Executive Council Session
January 28, 2017 - Days before the annual Assembly of the Heads of State and Government meeting, the 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa on Thursday, according to the Reporter
The session was officially opened with a remark of the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (PhD).
In her remark, the Chairperson underscored that to meet the goals of Agenda 2063 member countries needs to revive and strengthen the spirit of Pan Africanism across the continent.
She further said that Africa needs to transform through economic integr
| Trump Bars Refugees, Citizens from Seven Muslim Countries
January 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.
| Zimbabwe Deports 34 Undocumented Ethiopian Immigrants
January 26, 2017 - 34 undocumented Ethiopian migrants were taken into custody after they were caught being moved around by smugglers, according to ZWnews.com. They will all be deported soon by the Zimbabwe Immigration Department.
Among the illegal immigrants were four boys aged between 11 and 12, the individuals who are all men were arrested while hiding at a Marondera farm.
They pleaded guilty on Tuesday before magistrate Shane Kubonera, who then convicted and discharged the group into the hands of immigration officials.
On December 16 last year, the suspects were transported
| Tedros Adhanom One of Three Finalists for WHO Top Position
January 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