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Swedish Court Sentences Eritrean Asylum Seeker to Life in Prison for Fatally Stabbing Mother and Son after Receiving Deportation Letter

A Swedish District Court sentenced a 36-year-old Eritrean man to life in prison on Friday after finding him guilty of killing a mother and her son with kitchen knives at a mall earlier this year after his asylum application was Read more ›

Botswana Finally Grants Asylum to 10 Defecting Eritrean Football Players

The Botswanan government has finally granted asylum to 10 Eritrean footballers who defected and refused to return home after losing a 2018 World Cup qualifying match earlier this month. According to Dick Bayford, lawyer of the team, the players were Read more ›

5 Ethiopian Opposition Groups Unite to Oust ‘Oppressive’ EPRDF Government

A newly formed Ethiopian opposition group in exile, which accuses Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s administration and the leading party of being repressive, has vowed to ‘dismantle’ the incumbent government and create a new political order. The new group – People’s Read more ›

11 Somalis, 10 Ethiopians Arrested in Egypt for Illegal Migration

Egyptian authorities have arrested 11 Somalis and ten Ethiopians for entering the country illegally. Egypt is believed to be a transit point for illegal immigrants heading to Europe via the Mediterranean. According to the Cairo Post, the East African migrants Read more ›

Ethiopia Faces Hunger Crisis as El Nino-Inspired Drought Affects Millions

Ethiopia’s agriculture-dependent rural population has been affected by severe weather patterns. This year, the worst drought in a decade is expected to hit a large part of the country and other East African nations. Meteorologists say the drought, which was Read more ›

Human Rights Group Chides UK for Failing to Press Ethiopia to Release Andy Tsege

International human rights organization Reprieve is advocating for the release of a British man, who was arrested in Yemen and transported to Ethiopia, where he has been imprisoned for 15 months. Reprieve chided the UK government for not using a Read more ›

New York Road Runners to Honor 3 East African Marathon Legends

Three East African long distance runners are set to be inducted into the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Hall of Fame, Class of 2015 later this month. Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie as well as Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe and Paul Tergat are Read more ›

Eritrea Condemns Murder of Refugee in Israel, Demands Arrest of Attackers

The Eritrean government has criticized Israel for the death of an Eritrean man in the hands of an angry mob at a bus station in Bir-al-Saba this past weekend. The deceased, 29-year-old Haftom Zarhum, was seeking asylum in Israel where Read more ›

700 Kenyans Resign from al-Shabaab, Return Home for Amnesty

NAIROBI – About 700 Kenyans, who joined al-Shabaab and a faction of the Islamic State in neighboring Somalia, have defected and returned home, according to a recent government survey. The Socio-economic and Survey Kenya was published this week by the Read more ›

7 Eritrean Cyclists Defect to Ethiopia After Being Threatened with Prolonged Military Service

Seven members of Eritrea’s senior cycling team have fled to Ethiopia after being threatened with enlistment into the army – a dreaded service which is usually perpetual. The cyclists risked their lives in a daring escape through Eritrea’s heavily militarized Read more ›

Haftom Zarhum: 29-Year-Old Eritrean Refugee Mistaken for Terrorist in Israeli Attack Dies After Being Shot and Beaten by Mob [VIDEO]

A 29-year-old Eritrean man seeking asylum in Israel has died after being fatally misidentified as a terrorist on Sunday. The innocent by-stander was shot by a security officer and beaten by an angry mob following a bloody attack at an Read more ›

Botswana Court Rules Against Deportation of 10 Eritrean Football Players Seeking Asylum

A High Court ruling has stopped Botswana from deporting 10 Eritrean national football players seeking political asylum in the southern African country. Last week, the athletes refused to go home after losing 3-1 to the hosts in a World Cup Read more ›

Pope Francis to Preach Peace, Reconciliation During November Visit to Kenya, Uganda and CAR

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, will bring a message of peace and reconciliation when he visits Africa for the first time next month. On Saturday, the Vatican released the itinerary for the Pope’s trip, showing that he Read more ›

Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Construction is Almost 50% Complete

A high ranking Ethiopian official has confirmed that the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is almost 50 percent complete. Debre-Tsion Gebre-Michael, the finance and economic cluster coordinator as well as the minister of information, communication and technology, Read more ›

2 New Ebola Cases Announced in Guinea After Researchers Confirm that Virus Could be Sexually Transmitted Many Months After Infection

CONAKRY – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that two people have become infected with the Ebola virus in Guinea. This revelation comes a few days after medical studies conducted on male Ebola survivors showed that the virus Read more ›

Zone 9 Bloggers Finally Get Verdict – 4 Acquitted, 1 Faces Criminal Charges

ADDIS ABABA – The four remaining imprisoned members of the Zone 9 blogging group appeared in a court in Addis Ababa on Friday for their 39th hearing. Since their arrest, the four bloggers – Abel Wabela, Atnaf Berhane, Natneal Feleke Read more ›

Bashir Makhtal: Canadian Citizen Detained in Addis Ababa for 9 Years to be Transferred to Ottawa Prison

ASMARA – A Canadian citizen, who has been imprisoned in Ethiopia for nearly 10 years, may soon be extradited to North America after officials in Ottawa signed off a request for his transfer. The request for Bashir Makhtal’s transfer has Read more ›

Italian Consulate in Ethiopian Capital Continues to Double as Home of Former Derg Officials 24 Years After Overthrow of Mengistu Regime

ADDIS ABABA – Twenty-four years after the Derg regime was removed from the helm of the Ethiopian government, two top members of the Communist junta continue to hide in the Italian embassy in Addis Ababa – where they fled to Read more ›

Cecil the Lion: U.S. Dentist Who Killed Famous Lion Acquitted in Zimbabwe

HARARE – Zimbabwean authorities announced on Monday that the American dentist, who killed Cecil the lion, one of the country’s most beloved animals, in June, would not faces charges. Officials say Minnesota resident Walter Palmer had all his legal papers Read more ›

Ugandan Forces Withdraw from South Sudan

KAMPALA – High ranking Ugandan officials confirmed on Monday that the Ugandan People Democratic Force (UPDF) have started pulling out of war-torn South Sudan. The announcement comes after international observers and supporters of former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar Read more ›

Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania Advance to Second Round of 2018 Russia World Cup Qualifiers

ADDIS ABABA – Three East African teams became the first on the continent to advance to the second-round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Sunday. Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania managed to secure their places in Read more ›