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Ethiopia Stops Imports From 11 Egyptian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers for not Meeting Health Standards

Ethiopia has suspended the importation of medicines from 11 Egyptian pharmaceutical manufacturers after they failed to meet the country’s health criteria. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health suspended trade with the companies after officials visited Egypt recently to inspect their facilities,” Middle Read more ›

Kenenisa Bekele Says Ethiopian Athletics Federation Knows Nothing About Athletics After Rio Olympic Snub

Ethiopia’s 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder, Kenenisa Bekele, who was not included in the country’s team for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has expressed his disappointment at the decision on Wednesday. “I’m deeply disappointed and sad. I have Read more ›

Ethiopia Blocks Social Media Sites to Prevent Students From Being Distracted During Exams

Ethiopia has restricted access to all social media sites across the country. The shutdown, which began on Saturday, is scheduled to last until Wednesday when the national university entrance examination ends. Twitter, Facebook, Viber, and Instagram are among the social Read more ›

Ethiopians and Eritreans Among 38 Busted in Italy for Trafficking Migrants, Human Organs, and Drugs

Police in Italy have busted 38 suspected members of an international trafficking ring that deals in smuggling arms, drugs, human organs, and migrants from Africa to Europe. The suspects, who were arrested on Monday in three Italian cities (Rome, Palermo, Read more ›

Ethiopian Court Adjourns Case Against 22 Opposition Members Charged With Terrorism

An Ethiopian court has adjourned the case against 22 high-ranking opposition members including Bekele Gerba, who face terrorism charges under the controversial Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). Judges at the Federal High Court in Addis Ababa were on Monday scheduled to pass Read more ›

14 Charged With Defrauding Ethiopian Shipping Lines & Logistics Services Enterprise of 19 Million Birr

A former employee of the Ethiopian Shipping Lines & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) has been charged with masterminding a scheme to defraud the company of 19 million Birr ($873,236). Deres Abebe, who allegedly orchestrated the theft of the money via Read more ›

Spanish Police Arrest Jama Aden, Coach of 1500m Champion Genzebe Dibaba, in Anti-Doping Raid

The coach of Ethiopia’s 1500m world champion Genzebe Dibaba has been arrested in Spain as part of a long-running anti-doping investigation. Jama Aden, a Somali national, was arrested on Monday after Spanish police raided his hotel room in Sabadell, Catalonia. Read more ›

Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele Lead More Than 100 Athletes in Protest Against Ethiopian Athletics Federation

A group of Ethiopian runners are protesting against the country’s athletics federation. The athletes are unhappy about the federation’s process of selecting a team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The athletes, who were reportedly over a Read more ›

Former Ethiopian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Struck and Killed by Driver Gazing at Prostitutes in Harare

  A man in Harare has been charged with culpable homicide after he struck and killed Ethiopia’s former Ambassador to Zimbabwe Asrat Wolde while staring at a group of prostitutes. Gilbert Mutandagari, 50, allegedly struck Wolde on March 1, with Read more ›

Ethiopia Cancels University Entrance Exam After Oromo Activists Leak Paper Online

Ethiopian officials have canceled a national university entrance examination scheduled to begin on Monday, May 30 after one of the papers was leaked online. Pictures of the English exam have been uploaded to social media and have gone viral. The Read more ›

Ethiopian Minister’s Comments on the Completion of the Grand Renaissance Dam Offends Egypt

Egyptian officials are outraged by remarks by Ethiopia’s communication minister that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is about 70 percent complete. Minister Getachew Reda said this week that the completion of the mega-dam has become a “reality,” and that Read more ›

Zambia’s President Pardons 554 Prisoners Including 40 Ethiopian Juveniles in Adult Prisons

Forty Ethiopian juveniles, who were incarcerated in adult Zambian prisons, have been released after receiving a presidential pardon. On Tuesday, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu pardoned about 554 prisoners in celebration of Wednesday’s Africa Freedom Day. The president’s expression of his Read more ›

Eritreans, Ethiopian and Sudanese Among 28 Illegal Immigrants Arrested Hiding in Refrigerated Truck in Britain

Officials in Britain have arrested 28 illegal African immigrants who were found hiding in the back of a refrigerated lorry. Police reportedly discovered the truck at a lorry park located in Portsmouth, Hampshire this week. Officials reportedly stopped the articulated Read more ›

Murder of Man Suspected of Killing an Ethiopian Shop Owner Sparks Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Up to eight immigrant-owned business in South Africa’s Eastern Cape have been attacked and looted by a mob following two murders. The xenophobic attacks occurred this week after the death of a South African citizen who is suspected of killing Read more ›

Swiss Court Orders Ethiopian Pilot to Receive Mandatory Psychiatric Treatment for Hijacking Plane

A Swiss court on Monday sentenced an Ethiopian pilot who hijacked his own plane in 2014 with 202 passengers aboard to receive supervised psychiatric treatment. Former Ethiopian Airlines pilot Heilemedehin Abera Tagegn has been ruled as mentally unstable after he Read more ›

Ethiopian Politician Charged With Inciting Violence After Facebook Post About Protests in Oromia

A former spokesman for Ethiopia’s main opposition group the Blue Party has been charged with inciting violence after his Facebook post critical of the government’s response to the protests in Oromia went viral. Yonatan Tesfaye was reportedly charged on Wednesday Read more ›

US Voices Concern After Ethiopia Charges 22 Opposition Members with Terrorism

The United States (US) has expressed concern over Ethiopia’s indictment of prominent opposition figure Bekele Gerba and 21 others on terrorism charges under its much criticized Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). The defendants, which includes students, civil servants and members of the Read more ›

Ethiopia Fires National Football Team Coach Yohannes Sahle and Entire Technical Staff

The head coach of Ethiopia’s national football team Yohannes Sahle and his entire technical staff have been sacked. Shale’s dismissal has not been officially confirmed by the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF). However, there are reports that EFF President Junedin Basha Read more ›

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 Bloggers Nominated for 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers were on Wednesday nominated for the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The Ethiopian blogging group shared the nominations with activists from China and Syrian. Chinese activist Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur intellectual, is currently Read more ›

Ethiopia: 14 Dead, UN and Humanitarian Aid Organization Attacked in Bloody Ethnic Clash

Ethnic violence has claimed 14 lives in Gambella, western Ethiopia this weekend after the car of a non-governmental organization (NGO) struck and killed two Nuer children. According to AP, the death of the children, who are from a South Sudanese Read more ›