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Organizing Committee Hints Postponement of Nationwide Demonstrations

By Staff Reporter

Abune-MathiasSeptember 11, 2019 ( -- Nationwide demonstrations planned to take place next Sunday September 15, 2019 to protest mounting attacks against the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church could be canceled, the organizing committee of the demonstrations has hinted.

Ten associations under the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been calling for demonstrations next Sunday across the country to protest mounting attacks against the church, including killings and burning of Ethiopian Orthodox churches.

“Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been slaughtered as thousands of others were forcefully displaced. Rul

Heroin Shipments from Afghanistan to Africa Rising - Report

By Staff Reporter

Heroin-shipment-AfricaSeptember 5, 2019 ( -- The volume of heroin being shipped from Afghanistan along a network of maritime routes in east and southern Africa appears to have increased considerably, a report has revealed. In its 2019 report, a group called Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organized Crimes (ENACT) said Africa is experiencing the sharpest increase in illicit drug market. Heroin use and a spectrum of criminal networks and political elites in east and Southern Africa are substantially enmeshed in the trade.

According to the report, most of the heroine is destined for western markets, but there

Reintegration Support Eases Return of Displaced Families in Ethiopia - IOM

By Biruktayet Bihon

IOM-ethiopiaSeptember 4, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has one of the highest numbers of displaced people in the world driven out of their homes due to various conflicts across the country.

Old conflicts became more entrenched and new conflicts escalated along various state borders, prompting the Ethiopian government to establish a new Ministry of Peace with Mrs. Muferiat Kamil appointed as Minster.

In the past one year, the Ethiopian Oromia region is involved somewhat in all the hotspots. The entire stretch of its common border with the Somali region is marked as an area most affected by the conflict.

Conflict and displacem

Ethiopia to Conduct Headcount of Endemic Wild Animals

By Staff Reporter  

Waliya-Ibex-EthiopiaAugust 30, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Wild life Conservation Authority will conduct headcount on the country’s endemic animals mainly the Waliya Ibex, Simien fox and the Gelada "baboon" as of next month, official of the authority said.

The second round counting of the endemic animal is to catch on their population size and follow up their well-being, Abebaw Azanaw, head of the authority told reporters on Friday.

The Waliya ibex is an endangered endemic animal in Ethiopian highlands. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Alpine ibex. Threats against the species include h

Desert Locust Hits Eastern Ethiopia - Official

By Staff Reporter

Desert-LocustAugust 21, 2019 ( -- East African Desert Locust Prevention and Controlling Institute said desert locust has hit parts of Afar, Ethiopian Somali, Western Oromia, north Wello of Amhara state, as well as Dire Dawa city in eastern Ethiopia.

Desert Locusts are short-horned grasshoppers that can form large swarms and consume crops, causing a serious risk to agricultural production, livelihoods, food security, and the environment and economic development.

FAO recently alarmed on desert locust outbreak in East African countries and Saudi Arabia induced by heavy rains.

“In our field assessment, we have fo

Ethiopia Lifts Restrictions on Bank Investments for Diaspora, Postpones Addis Ababa Elections

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-postponedJuly 31, 2019 ( -- The House of People Representatives has lifted restriction for Ethiopian diaspora and Ethiopian origin with foreign nationality to invest in their country's banking sector.

It is recalled that those Ethiopians with foreign nationality were not allowed to participate in the country's financial sector due to failure  of the national bank to monitor foreign banks.

In its urgent session on Wednesday, the house, however, approved a bill providing for Ethiopians with foreign nationality to invest in the banking business as part of government's move to make them part of

Killer of General Seare Was Asking for a Transfer Weeks Ago

Seare-funeralJuly 2, 2019 ( -- Reporting on the last moments of General Seare Mekonnen, Capital Ethiopia reported that General Seare's killer had requested that he be transferred to another durty weeks ago. General Seare's wife was also growing uncomfortable with the killer and was advising her husband to change him.

According to a close family of General Seare Mekonnen interviewed by Capital Ethiopia, on 22 June Saturday around 7pm, Chief of Staff Seare was rushing home from his office to meet one of his friends waiting for him at his villa located at the back of Desalgne Hotel around Bole Atlas. General Seare arrived around 8pm and hugged his friend

Auditor General Details Waste, Mismanagement at Public Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Auditor-GeneralMay 30, 2019 ( -- Auditor General of the Federal Audit Office Gemechu Dubiso on Thursday appeared before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) with another shocking figure of unaccounted and illegal expenses as well as uncollected revenues by offices of the federal government during the last Ethiopian fiscal year which ended on July 7, 2018.

Presenting his annual audit report to the House, Gemechu said  a total of over one billion birr worth illegal procurments were made by several government offices during the budget year.

According to the auditor general's  lat

Much of Ethiopia to Experience Below Normal Rainfall

By Staff Reporter   

Climate-outlook-Ethiopia-2019May 28, 2019 ( -- Much of Ethiopia will experience increased likelihood of drier than normal rainfall from June to September 2019, the 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) has announced on Tuesday.

The regional consensus climate outlook for the June to September 2019 rainfall season  also revealed lower normal rainfall over much of south-western Eritrea, South Sudan, parts of western Sudan as well as some region on the Sudan/Ethiopia border, northern and far-western Uganda, western Rwanda as well as coastal areas of Kenya and Somalia.

The anno

Addis Ababa City Demolishing Illegal Buildings, Seizing Lands

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-demolishing-buildingsMay 21, 2019 ( -- Addis Ababa city government is demolishing more than 1200 illegally built houses, according to the latest city press reports.

The city is also seizing more than 1600 what it termed 'illegally' held plots of lands in the capital.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, General Manager of the subcity Tilahun Fikadu said 2801 illegal constructions and seizure of lands were made in Bole subcity of the capital city over the last eight months.

Tilahun said the illegal constructions were built on plots of land which the city government identified as "ow

Ethiopia: Dozens Killed in a Series of Ethnic Clashes This Week

Clashes-Benishangul-gumuzMay 5, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia was rocked by a series of ethnic clashes in several part of the country this week, reports the Ethiopian Reporter.

Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in regional states of Amhara, Afar and Beinshangul-Gumuz.

According to the report, the latest violence began a week ago, following fight between a driver and a passenger of public transport in Metekel Zone, Beinshangul region. This escalated into a series of fights by others, leading to Federal Police being deployed to the area.

The minor clash then spread into more areas in the regions, including neighboring Amhara region, A

Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission Announces Three-Year Plan

Ethiopian-Reconciliation-CommisionApril 30, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission announced a three-year plan to discharge its duties, according to FBC report.

The Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission was established in December 2018 by the Ethiopian government and approved by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).

The Commission is tasked to work to maintain peace, justice, democracy, national unity, consensus and reconciliation among the Ethiopian peoples.

In a press conference today, leaders of the commision announced their plans for the coming three years.

Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, commision c

Ethiopian Security Forces to Restore Order in Kemissie and Surroundings

Kemissie-unrestApril 8, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government will be taking steps to restore order in the latest areas of conflict in Amhara and Oromia regions, according to reports from ENA and FBC.

The National Security Council of Ethiopia issued a statement yesterday saying federal and regional security institutions will take all necessary measures, legal and proportionate, to restore order.

Ethiopia has experienced a breakdown of law and order in some parts of the country in the last few years. This has accelerated since Dr. Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister.


Ethiopian Airlines Rejects Claims Pilot Wasn’t Trained on Flight Simulator

Boeing-737-Max8-SimulatorMarch 21, 2019 ( -- Following the Ethiopian Airline plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, there are reports from Reuters and New York Times claiming that the captain of the ill-fated jet was untrained on the model’s simulator. However, Ethiopian Airlines has strongly denied that this is the case, calling the latest news reports inaccurate, irresponsible and misleading, meant to divert attention away from the global grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8. The full press release sent by Ethiopian Airlines can be found at the end of this report.

Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in the continent surpassed its peers

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Finally Visits Displaced People

Gedeo-displacedMarch 18, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finally travelled to Gedeb Woreda yesterday to visit the displaced and assess the state of the Gedeo people who are currently in temporary shelters in the thousands.

The Prime Minister faced thousand of people before him, peoplewho have bee victimized by communial attacks, mostly from Oromo ethnic groups, and forced to flee their homes.

The displaced people expressed their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Local administration officilas have requested federal government assistance for the displaced people. The federal gover

Former OLF Rebels Begin Hunger Strike in Rehabilitation Camp

OLF-rebels-hunger-strikeMarch 14, 2019 ( -- Former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels being rehabilitated at the Tolay camp In Ethiopia begun a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions, according to

One of the ex-rebels in the rehab center told the BBC Afaan Oromo Service they were being subjected to inhumane treatment and no one cares about them. “Most of our comrades are now ill due to lack of hygiene and absence of food,” he said.

More than 1,000 members of the OLF gave up arms last year and agreed to undergo rehabilitation. The group comprising of around 1,000 fighters is being rehabilitated at the Tol

Thousands Protest in Oromia Region over Allotment of Condo Units

Oromia-protest-condoMarch 7, 2019 ( - Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major towns and cities across Oromia regional state today. The protests were triggered by the decision of the Addis Ababa City Administration Savings and Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) to allocate condominium houses, which protestors say was done in an illegal manner. The houses issued are those in the city and Oromia regional state’s special zones, according to the Addis Standard.

According to reports from the security apparatus, the protest was witnessed in the following cities: Adama, Oromia regional state, Shashemene, in Western Arsi, Assela and Bale

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Celebrates Adwa Victory from Afar

Kenyatta-Abiy-Ahmed-SNNP-EthiopiaMarch2, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed called the current generation to repeat the Adwa victory by solving today's probems.

The 123rd anniversary of Adwa victory was celebrated today in the town of Adwa in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

In attendance were the President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Speaker of the House of Federation, Keria Ibrahim, Minister of Culture, Dr Hirut Kassaw, and other federal and regional officials.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not go to Adwa to mark the occasion. Instead

NAMA Condemns What it Called 'Apartheid Way' in Addis Ababa

NAMA-protests-discriminationFebruary 25, 2019 ( - The National Movement of Amhara National (NAMA) has released a statement today condemning what it called 'apartheid' way of doing business in Addis Ababa.

The strongly worded statement was released after dispute involving the use of Millenium conference hall in Bole, Addis Ababa.

NAMA said it requested to use the Millenium Hall some six month ago. After a long wait, it was allowed to use it and was invited to Addis Ababa city hall to pay fees and do the paperwork, which it said took more than a week to complete.

NAMA further said that, when the time finally came to sign,

12,000 Houses Slotted for Demolition in Legetafo Area

Oromia-demolishing-homesFebruary 23, 2019 ( - The Legetafo-Legedadi city administration of the Oromia Regional State has demolished 930 houses this week, according to the Reporter.

The administration said the houses were constructed on a piece of land reserved for a green area under city’s masterplan, displacing thousands of residents from the area. 

The action has triggered massive public outcry and outrage at home and abroad.

The demolition started in the afternoon of February 19, 2018, where a demolition task force, accompanied by armed security officers, went to Kebele 03 aka Yekadalle of the Legetafo city and launch


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