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PM Abiy Ahmed on State Visit to Eritrea Amid Stalled Relations

By Staff Reporter

abiy-in-EritreaJuly 18, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara on Thursday for a two-day state visit amid stalled relations and the closure of all border linking between the two neighboring horn African states.

Hundreds of Eritreans who came to Ethiopia after the opening the four border cross points did not go back to their country after the last border crossing namely Bure-Assab road was closed for undisclosed reasons on April 22nd this year.

The Bure-Assab road was closed four days after closure of Omhajer-Humera border, which is found in the north-western part of Ethiopia and south-west of Eritr

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Dead

Mohammed-Morsi-DeadJune 17, 2019 ( -- Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say, according to multiple media reports.

He was ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, and has been in prison since. President Morsi was 67 when he died.

He was one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood when he was elected president of Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood called his death a "full-fledged murder" and called for crowds to gather at the funeral.

Mohammed Morsi had just addressed the court from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage when he lost conciousness and

Eritrea Not Paying Foreign Currency to Airline Carriers

Asmara-AirportJune 12, 2019 ( -- The Eritrean government has stopped paying hard currency to international carriers servicing the Eritrean market, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the cash-stapped Eritrean government stopped paying various Airlines, totalling USD 73 million, as of March 31, 2019.

According to the Reporter, the central bank of Eritrea is unable to provide foreign currency to the international airlines due to the shortage of foreign currency.

The airlines affected include Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and Ethiopian Airlines operating to Asmara.

PM Abiy Ahmed Returns from Sudan with 78 Released Ethiopian Prisoners

Prisoners-AbiyJune 9, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed returned from Sudan yesterday where we was mediating between the military government and opposition leaders.

But he did not return alone. With him, he had 78 surprised Ethiopian prisoners released from prisons in Sudan, according to Office of the Prime Minister.

By now, the Prime Minister has demonstrated his uncanny ability to show the unexpected. Issues like remains of the dead and the release of Ethiopian prisoners in neighboring countries has never been a source of major concern for past Ethiopian rulers. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has changed all that, and to the delight of many.

EU-IOM Fund to Protect and Reintegrate African Migrants

IOMMay 24, 2019 -- The European Union (EU) has committed an additional EUR 18 million to its partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) known as the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa (EU-IOM Joint Initiative).

The funding brings to EUR 43 million the EU’s total commitment to the EU-IOM initiative in the region, which aims to save lives and improve assistance for migrants along migration routes originating from the Horn of Africa.

In the Horn of Africa, the EU-IOM Joint Initiative – running from March 2017 to March 2021 – is mainly focused on Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Suda

18 Percent of Somalia Population Faces Severe Food Insecurity - FAO

Somalia-Food-InsecurityMay 17, 2019 -- Between July and September 2019, 2.2 million people, almost 18 percent of the total population, are expected to face severe food insecurity.

The projected food insecure caseload is 40 percent higher than the estimate at the beginning of 2019, as drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production and disrupting livelihoods.

Household resilience has been undermined by recurrent climatic shocks, overstretched social support networks and declining humanitarian assistance.

Urgent life saving and livelihood support, including cash and food assistance, are needed to prevent a further worsen

U.S. Forces Conduct Precision Airstrikes on al-Shabaab in Somalia

US-airstrikes-SomaliaMay 9, 2019 -- To support the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to degrade al-Shabaab, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Tortoroow, Somalia, on May 5, 2019.

Somali forces were leading an operation to disrupt the terrorist network in the area and to bolster local support for the Federal Government of Somalia. The airstrike was conducted in collective self-defense of our Somali partners after they were engaged by al-Shabaab militants during this operation.

“This airstrike is an example of the niche capabilities we provide our Somali partners as they t

Changes in Sudan will not Affect GERD - Ethiopian Ministry

Lt-Gen-Abdel-Fattah-Abdelrahman-BurhanApril 23, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said today that it is not concerned with the change taking place in Sudan, according to Ethiopian News Agency report.

The government change in Sudan will not affect the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said the ministry in a press conference.

The GERD was designed not to harm downstream countries, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.

The State Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Frehiwot Woldesenbet, said “We are constructing the dam based on win

Eritrea Closes Omhajer-Humera Border Crossings

Omhajer-Humera-border-openingApril 19, 2019 ( -- The Omhajer-Humera border crossings between Eritrea and Ethiopia, which was opened in January this year, is closed today, according to reports.

The Omhajer-Humera border crossings was opened with much fanfare in the presence of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and regional state administrators of Tigray and Amhara.

According to reports, Eritrea has closed the Omhajer-Humera border crossings to all, but those returning visitors.

No reason was given for the closure by the Eritrean or Ethiopian governments.

It is to be recalled that

AU Calls on Sudan Military to Hand Over Power in 15 Days

sudan-protestsApril 16, 2019 ( -- The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has called on the Sudanese military to hand over power to a transitional civilian authority within fifteen days, according to FBC report.

The African Union's Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) made the call yesterday following a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the ongoing situation in Sudan.

The Council “demands that the Sudanese military step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority, in accordance with the will of the people and constitutional order, within a maximum period of fifteen days.”

If this

Ethiopia in Solidarity with Resilient Sudanese Citizens – Abiy Ahmed

Sudan-ProtestsApril 15, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government has weighed in on the recent political developments in the neighboring country Sudan, according to a statement issued today from the prime minister’s office.

The Monday, April 15, 2019 statement came a week after long-serving President Omar al- Bashir’s regime was toppled by the military. The now former president is under house arrest in his home located in one of the military barracks.

He had been under immense pressure by anti-government protestors who demanded he vacates office. The military said their decision was informed by the people’s woes and what was best for the co

Ivanka Trump, Mark Green to Visit to Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire

Ivanka-Trump-Visit-EthiopiaApril 12, 2019 -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire April 14-17.  Administrator Green will accompany Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a White House-led, whole-of-Government approach to advance global women's economic empowerment with a goal of reaching 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. 

The White House said Wednesday that Ivanka Trump schedule includes a women's economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site vi

Insurgents Abduct 2 Cuban Doctors in Mandera, Kenya

Two-cuban-doctors-abducted-KenyaApril 12, 2019 ( -- Suspected terror group Al-Shaabab abducted two Cuban doctors in a road ambush at Banisa stage, in Mandera, Kenya. Dr. Assel Herera Correa, a general physician and Dr. Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon, were on the road heading to work when the incident happened.

In the 9 am incident, members of the outlawed terror group killed one of the security officers escorting the two medics before escaping into Somalia in a Toyota Probox and a saloon car.

The attack was confirmed by police spokesperson, Charles Owino, who said: “they were attacked when two vehicles blocked their way, abducted them and dr

Sudan Defence Minister Removes Omer al-Bashir from Power

al-Basher-removed-powerApril 11, 2019 ( -- President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan is out of power, removed by the Sudanese Military from his post, according to the Sudan Tribune. He is in detention in undisclosed place, according to reports.

Omer al-Bashir ruled Sudan with iron fist for 30 years. He took power in a coup in 1989, and has been in power since then. He is wanted by international bodies over Sudan’s alleged support of terrorism and perpetration of genocide in the Darfur region. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and other atrocities.

Over his watch, Sudan saw the seccession of what is

Facebook Creating Most Detailed Population Density Maps of Africa

FacebookApril 9, 2019 -- The world's largest social media network, Facebook, is working with key non-profit and local partners in Africa to create detailed and accurate population density maps for Africa.

According to press statement released by the company, Facebook is using advanced computer vision of satellite images and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create population density maps for Africa. This data can be used to help with large-scale social, health and infrastructure challenges in sub Saharan Africa, the company says.

Below is the full statement released by the company.

Facebook is working closely with key non-profit and research partners

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania Seek Solutions to Irregular Migration

Southern-RouteApril 3, 2019 ( -- Irregular migration from the East and Horn of Africa to southern Africa, presents countries along this route with a new challenge: how to manage these flows while ensuring that the human rights of migrants are respected and protected.

The ‘Southern Route’ – as this migration route is known – is used by scores of irregular migrants journeying southward in the hope of reaching South Africa.  

To better manage these irregular migration flows, the Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania have held several bilateral and trilateral technical meetings since 2014.  

Nearly 11 Million Face Food Shortage in Horn of Africa

Food-shortage-HornMarch18, 2019 ( -- Close to 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia face acute food shortage. The horn of Africa has experienced prolonged drought, leaving many people who are already living in poverty with nothing to eat.

The prolonged drought is coinciding with America’s proposal to reduce funding for lifesaving food aid. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Congress submitted the 2020 fiscal year to the White House, and they recommended a 24% slash in foreign aid.

A recent report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) indicates a worsening situation, with crop failures expected to hit 30% in the c

Ethiopian Airlines Dominating the Skies with Zero State Funding

Tewolde-Gebremariam-Ethiopian-CEOMarch 9, 2019 ( - On the 15th of February, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ 111 modern aircrafts touched down at Bole International Airport (BIA) in Addis Ababa, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The average flight duration was about 1 hour 55 minutes, covering 1164 kilometers, at an average speed of 606 kilometers per hour.

Upon touch town at Bole, around 204 passengers alighted the aircraft and were driven to the baggage collection point to collect their luggage, and then proceed to the customs area for clearance. This is the routine procedure at the airport.

Abiy Ahmed to Arbitrate between Kenya and Somalia

Kenya-Somalia-disputeMarch 5, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Kenya on Tuesday, where the former is expected to arbitrate on the dispute affecting Kenya and Somalia.

He’ll spearhead efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations, which is threatening to worsen as reported by africanews.

The Source of the Dispute:

Kenya and Somalia are embroiled in a diplomatic row in which the former has accused the latter of auctioning its maritime area.

The Kenyan government accused Somalia of a

Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afewerki in Juba Today

Abiy-Isaias-Juba-SudanMarch 4, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki are in Juba today, where they’ll hold Talks with President Salva Kiir as reported by the Sudan Tribune. Mr. Kiir was forced to cut short his tour of the Greater el Ghazal region, and come back to Juba to welcome the two visiting leaders.

The one day visit comes at a time when there are concerted efforts to consolidate economic and political integration in the East African region, which has been elusive for a long time because it’s volatile in regard to regional collaboration.

Also, the visit comes a day after Eth


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