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Djibouti’s Primer Minister meets Chinese counterpart

Xinhua(Djibouti City) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Djibouti’s Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed at the closing ceremony of the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing on Thursday. During the meeting, Li said China is willing to support Djibouti’s Read more ›

Djbouti: Connecting Africa to the World

By K.O. Peppeh IDGCONNECT ( Djibouti City)- Djibouti is one of the least prominent nations in Africa today, but this relatively small country nonetheless continues to play a gigantic role in the development of the continent’s ICT capacity. Strategically situated by Read more ›

Ethiopian Airlines announces record 46 billion Birr profit

By Zerihun Getachew Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (Addis Ababa) – The Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has earned over 46.5 billion Birr revenue during the last budget year, between July 2013 and June 2014. Despite many challenges, Ethiopian has Read more ›

Burundi: Police investigating dozens of floating plastic wrapped bodies

AFP-(Bujumbura) Fishermen in Burundi have found several corpses with limbs bound or stuffed in sacks, floating in a lake bordering Rwanda, government officials said on Tuesday. At least 40 bodies have been found in the lake since July, according to Read more ›

Flydubai opens new routes to Bujumbura, Kigali and Entebbe

By Mary Sophia Gulfbusiness-Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced that it will begin services to three new destinations in East Africa from September. The budget airline, which currently flies to nine destinations in Africa, said that it will begin services to Read more ›

Kenyan rangers killing poachers to cover corrupt tracks

By Tom Odula Jason Straziuso  The Associated Press  (NAIROBI) —Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers’ collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country’s elephants, a rights group alleges. The disappearances of 18 suspected poachers were documented by Muslims Read more ›

Ethiopian banks choose BPC Smartvista for national switching operations

Finextra- BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System payment solutions,  has announced that EthSwitch has chosen SmartVista to power its national switching operations in Ethiopia. SmartVista was selected because of its comprehensive functionality, advanced technology and proven track record Read more ›

Ethiopia, Kenya & Ghana vie for right to host 2017 African Nations Cup

BBC – Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has Read more ›

Uganda sets up Ebola screening posts along DRC and Kenya border

Red Pepper (Kampala) – Uganda is opening up screening centers at its borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya to ensure that Ebola cases are detected and handled at these entry points, the director general of health services Read more ›

Ethiopia: Tripartite talks over renaissance dam resumes in Khartoum

The irrigation ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan resumed their discussions over the contentious Grand Ethiopia Reniassance Dam (GERD) in Khartoum on Monday after an unexpected five-months long break. Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported that the official opening session of Read more ›

Kenya: New travel insurance restores tourists’ confidence

By Martin Mwita The Star (Mombasa) – THE recently launched inbound travel insurance has been embraced by foreign tourists and stakeholders in the industry. According to AIG Kenya insurance, which in partnership with the Kenya Coast Tourism Association launched the Read more ›

Malawi worried about Ebola virus being carried by Ethiopians; police arrested 52 Ethiopians

(Malawi Nyasa Times) – Traditional leaders in Malawi’s boarder district of Karonga are appealing to government authorities to devise safety measures that would protect their subjects from contracting Ebola virus saying Karonga is at risk of being affected with the Read more ›

Ethiopia’s coffee sales continues to benefit from Brazil’s drought

By William Davison Blomberg (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopia’s arabica coffee export earnings are forecast to climb 25 percent to about $900 million in 2014-15 because of higher prices after a drought damaged plants in the biggest grower of the bean, Read more ›

Kenya: Patients suffer as doctors persevere in strike

By HENRY KIBIRA AND CALVIN ONSARIGO The Star (Nairobi) – A patient died yesterday at the Coast General Hospital even as the doctors’ union told members countrywide not to work unless their July salaries are paid in full. The news came Read more ›

Ethiopia becomes the largest refugee host in Africa

The Star (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday. Speaking during a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards Read more ›

Ethiopia turns to transformers to curb power failure

The Reporter (Addis Ababa) – In a bid to curb the recurrent power cuts, the Ethiopian Electric Services has installed 248 transformers in Addis Ababa and the regional states. The new transformers are expected to augment the existing old transformers Read more ›

Kenya bars travelers from Ebola-affected countries

CAPITAL FM (NAIROBI) – The Ministry of Health has, on Saturday evening, announced that it will not allow passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into Kenya from Tuesday. Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia explained that the decision was informed by Read more ›

Kenya: Mobile money transfers hit record amount

The Central Bank of Kenya has revealed that mobile money customers made transactions worth about KES 1.1 trillion between January and July this year. This represents a tremendous increase from 872.1 billion during the same period in 2013. Experts say Read more ›

East African nations on high alert for Ebola

The east African region has been set on its toes following the revelation of an outbreak of Ebola infections in west Africa this March. This disease, which was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan in the Read more ›

Blogger files $120 million countersuit against Ethiopia’s government, a Saudi billionaire, and U.S. law firm

PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA (August 4, 2014) – A U.S.-based blogger who operates a popular Ethiopian news and opinion website has filed a $120 million counter lawsuit against the Government of Ethiopia, a major U.S. law firm named DLA Piper, Saudi Read more ›

Uganda: Oil companies submit proposals to build refinery at Lake Albert

Four international petroleum companies have presented proposals to the Ugandan government for the development of the country’s first oil refinery in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima district, western Uganda. The Ugandan government officially opened the bidding process in March this year, after Read more ›