| Donald Trump is a “Brainless Billionaire” – Al-Shabaab
July 25, 2017 - Al-Shabaab, an Al-qaeda affiliate group in Somalia, released a video mocking President Donald Trump as a "brainless billionaire". This comes after the president steeped up military efforts against the extremist group.
The video released on Sunday includes criticism of Trump as it addresses next month's presidential election in neighboring Kenya. Al-Shabaab has claimed a growing number of deadly attacks in Kenya as the election approaches, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a new offensive against the extremists.
Trump has approved expanded military operations against al-Shaba
| Saudi Arabia’s Amnesty Expires; 340,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Still Remain
July 25, 2017 - As Saudi Arabia’s amnesty program for undocumented workers expires today, illegal works are being arrested, reports Africa news. The Ethiopian government helped facilitate exit visas for thousand of its nationals who were illegally residing in Saudi, most of whom went to work as laborers.
Figures indicate that there are about 400,000 such illegal residents but so far only about 60,000 of them have taken the amnesty program to return. The process till this stage has involved the issuing of the initial 90-day amnesty – during which time authorities in Addis Ababa expressed worry over
| Ethiopia, South Korea to Discuss North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Threats
July 24, 2017 - Following memorandum of understanding that Korea signed with Ethiopia to bolster their military partnerships, the two sides are scheduled to discuss cooperation against North Korea's nuclear and ballistic threats today, a South Korean military official said. "They will also share thoughts on bilateral military exchanges and U.N. peacekeeping operations," added the official.
Led by Brig. Gen. Park Chul-kyun, the deputy director general for international policy will meet the Ethiopian representatives headed by Desta Abiche, who is in charge of the Ethiopian defense ministry's international cooper
| Ugandan Jets Bomb Rebel Held Areas in South Sudan
July 23, 2017 - Ugandan gunships bombed civilians populated areas in northern upper Nile, the SPLM/SPLA, South Sudan’s main armed opposition accused Uganda. “The attack was carried out at around 3:30 pm on July 20th, 2017, in Thocdeng by two Ugandan gunships and one other MI helicopter that was not identified, which accompanied and landed within two minutes near the enemy trenches. The two military gunships started bombardment on the SPLA-IO position at Thocdeng” said, Brig.General William Gatjiath Deng, SPLA-IO military spokesman.
According to SPLA-IO military spokesman, Ugandan government bombarded their strongholds
| Ethiopian Airlines Aims to be Connecting Force for Afro-Sino Ties
July 23, 2017 - As Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China, Ahmed Shide, minister of Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport, disclosed Ethiopia’s plan to have strategic cooperation with China on the aviation sector.
Ethiopia's aim to be an African aviation hub connecting the continent to the world's most populous country in the world is also where Ethiopia's aviation dreams intersect with China's capital and expertise.
"Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia's national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force bet
| Egypt to Inaugurate Largest Military Base in Middle East
July 22, 2017 - Egypt is to inaugurate Mohamed Naguib Military Base, the largest military base in the Middle East, located in Al-Hamam area, west of Alexandria. The inauguration ceremony will be held in the presence of the country’s president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, reports Al-ahram.
The military base will also serve as a headquarters to some forces of the Northern Military Unit, which is expected to increase its efficiency in protecting west of Alexandria, the North Coast, the currently under construction Al-Dabaa nuclear power plant, oil fields, the new Alamein City, among other sites.
The base will also be used i
| Djibouti, Ethiopia Cooperate in Potash Trade
July 22, 2017 - In a bid to support Ethiopia’s potash export, Djibouti announced plan to construct USD 98 million road project, reported Bloomberg. Djibouti’s government has recently inked a construction agreement with Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Co, a Kuwaiti based firm.
According to Aboubaker Omar Hadi, the chairman of Djibouti’s ports authority, Djibouti is going to charge Ethiopian potash exporters around 7.50 USD per metric ton handled by the new port. Ethiopia plans to export an annual 74,000 tons of the mineral by 2019, according to the nation’s five year plan it dubbed Growth and Transformation Plan
| Riek Machar Rejects Ceasefire Request by International Mediators
July 21, 2017 - Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana and an international mediator on South Sudan, told the UN Security Council that Riek Machar declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire, reports The Star. The Former South Sudanese president instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, according to Mogae .
The United Nations has warned of a possible genocide as millions of South Sudanese have fled their homes, the oil-producing economy is in a tail-spin, crop harvests are devastated because of the worst drought in years and millions face famine.
"The message I conveyed to Dr Riek Machar was to renou
| Over 130,000 Undocumented Ethiopians Living in Saudi Arabia Received Exit Visas
July 20, 2017 - Over 130,000 undocumented Ethiopians have received exit visa from Saudi Arabia up to Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed.
So far 60,000 Ethiopians have already returned to their country in the aforementioned period. “The government and other stakeholders have been actively engaged for the speedy return of undocumented citizens from Saudi Arabia before the 30-day extended amnesty period expires on July 24, 2017,” Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs State Minister quoted by Ethiopian Herald, as saying.
| South Sudan Declares State of Emergency
July 19, 2017 - Following fierce battle between warring sides in Gogrial state, the South Sudan government declared a three-month state of emergency. The army would be given powers to stop the fighting in Gogrial state, and that citizens' rights would be suspended, said Michael Makuei, South Sudan’s information minister.
The Information minister also stated that the state of emergency also applied to the neighboring South Sudan areas of Tonj, Wau, and Aweil East. Wau has experienced fighting this year between government forces and rebels under former vice president Riek Machar,
| China Surpasses Turkey as Leading Investor in Ethiopia
July 19, 2017 - With 379 projects China has emerged as the new leading investment capital source to Ethiopia. Despite China remained the leading country in terms of number of investment projects for a very long period of time, until recently Turkey was the leading country in terms of investment Capital in Ethiopia.
According to Mekonen Hailu, Ethiopian Investment Commission Communications Director, 279 of the total 379 Chinese companies were set operational in Ethiopia with projects that worth over 13.16 billion Ethiopian birr (over 572 million U.S. dollars) from 2012 to 2017 period, while the remaining 100 are un
| Somalia Detains Culprit for Two-Week Internet Blackout
July 18, 2017 - It has been two weeks since an internet blackout happened throughout Somalia due to damages on undersea fiber optic that connects Somalia with the rest of the world. However, Somali officials today announced that the ship that has caused damages on the fiber optics has been detained.
The ship MSC Alice had been delivering goods at the Mogadishu port when it reportedly cut the wires. Somalia Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir confirmed the reports to the media that MSC Alice Vessel had been detained. Somalia will be pushing for compensation by the company owning the vessel.
Parts of central and
| Ethiopia Attracting Giant International Manufactures
July 18, 2017 - Ethiopia is fast developing into a dynamic manufacturing hub as low labor costs lure international manufacturers to the country, reported Nikke Asian, a Japan-based media. Currently, companies targeting Ethiopia are mostly apparel makers and other light industry players. But General Electric plans to manufacture medical equipment in the country, and Samsung Electronics is working with a local partner to produce printers. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor reached an agreement with Ethiopian companies in May regarding construction of a plant to assemble commercial vehicles.
A significant factor in Ethiopi
| Eritrea at Odds with Al Jazeera
July 15, 2017 - Eritrea accused Al Jazeera, Qatar based media group, of continued smear campaigns. An article titled “Eritrea: Anecdotes of indefinite anarchy” was posted by Al Jazeera last week, detailing range of issues including on a worsening political and socio-economical situations of Eritrea. Eritrea’s latest accusation against al Jazeera comes days after the publication of this article.
The article also questions the extent and complexity of the country’s transformation from a promising country into the personal fiefdom of President Isaias Afeworki and his cliques at the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).
| Thousands of Ethiopians Remain Stranded in Saudi Arabia
July 15, 2017 - Thousands of Ethiopians remained stranded in Saudi, due to an inability to get a seat on overbooked flights. As of the beginning of July, 111,000 Ethiopians had agreed to leave Saudi Arabia and 45,000 had successfully returned to Ethiopia, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Estimates show that there are about 400,000 Ethiopians living illegally in Saudi Arabia. Most are employed as maids or other domestic workers; they have few legal rights and endure widespread abuse.Most of those who were stranded last week have returned to Addis, but many more are trying to get out as soon as
| Egypt Still Anxious on Ethiopian Dam Filling Schedule
July 14, 2017 - Egyptian officials announced that Ethiopia hasn’t started storing water in its controversial Grand Renaissance Dam. Satellite images, showing an expanding lake, have sparked serious concerns among Egyptian government officials. However, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation yesterday announced that the lake around the dam was formed due to a flood caused by torrential amount of rainfall.
Concerns have risen in Cairo over the “possible” negative impact the Ethiopian dam will have on Egypt’s allocation of Nile water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic metre
| Ethiopia, Morocco to Strengthen Ties
July 13, 2017 - In efforts to consolidate bilateral relations and continue the agreements made by King Mohammed VI during his visit to Ethiopia in 2016, Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mounia Boucetta, arrived in Ethiopia. Boucetta stated that the aim of his trip is to continue the agreements signed by the King during his visit to Ethiopia last year, as well as to reinforce cooperation between the two nations. Through cooperation, he said, Morocco and Ethiopia have a large potential, especially in the sectors of agriculture, industry, irrigation and water.
The secretary is leading a Moroccan delegation to Ethiopia made up of representatives fro
| New Wave of South Sudan Refugees Coming to Ethiopia Due to Renewed Conflicts
July 13, 2017 - UN officials stated more than 5,000 South Sudanese have been forced to seek refuge in Ethiopia due to the renewed battle between the two warring sides. Many are expressing their concerns that the latest conflict near Pagak area could deteriorate the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. According to UN officials, Pagak hosts the headquarters of the opposition group led by former first vice president Riek Machar, a top UN official said.
David Shearer, head of the UN mission in South Sudan, told reporters Wednesday in Juba that the SPLA advance on the opposition headquarters in Pagak area will not serve the interest of peac
| Ethiopia Named Fastest-Growing Economy in the World in 2017
July 13, 2017 - The World Bank named Ethiopia as the fastest-growing economy of the world in 2017. In its 2017 edition of the Global Economic Prospects, the World Bank stated that Ethiopia offers security, low-tariff access to markets in nearby rich countries, and cheap labor, which helped the country to lure big international investors.
Although unstable currencies and falling revenue from commodities continue to be a challenge to African countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Ethiopia’s economy grew 8.7% last year and its GDP is forecast to grow by 8.3% in 2017.
The East African
| China Setting Up First Military Base in Djibouti
July 12, 2017 - China started setting up its first overseas military base in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, as China's rapidly modernizing military extends its global reach. Ships carrying personnel for China's first have set sail to begin setting up the facility. Though Beijing officially describes it as a logistics facility, state news agency Xinhua said late on Tuesday the ships had departed from Zhanjiang in southern China "to set up a support base in Djibouti".
Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fuelled worry in India that it would become another of China's "s