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Ethiopia to Raise $58 Million for the Construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam

Ethiopian authorities have announced plans to raise 1.8 billion Birr (about $58 million) for the construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation for the GERD’s construction said Read more ›

Eritrean Refugee Wrongly Arrested and Extradited to Europe on Mass Human Trafficking Charges

Police in Britain and Italy are currently investigating the possibility that a suspected Eritrean human smuggler, who was extradited to Europe this week from Sudan, is the wrong man. Investigators in both countries celebrated the capture and extradition of Medhanie 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 ›

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 ›

Human Trafficking Rings Affiliated With Eritrean Diplomats Control Mass Migration Into Europe: IGAD Report

A new report commissioned by the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan has revealed that sophisticated international criminal syndicates involved in human trafficking and smuggling have been controlling the mass migrations of people to Europe from the Horn of African via Read more ›

Leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Sign Cooperation Agreement During Meeting on Renaissance Dam

The Presidents of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed to join forces on Saturday after a meeting regarding updates on the construction of the Ethiopia Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met President Read more ›

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Endorse French Firm to Conduct Technical Studies on Impact of Grand Renaissance Dam

Two French firms are finally set to conduct studies on how the construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is likely to affect the Nile and its flow. On Tuesday, the foreign and water resources ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Read more ›

Ethiopia Postpones Renaissance Dam Negotiation at the Last Minute

Ethiopia has postponed a meeting with Egypt and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The announcement came on Saturday, a day before the initial meeting was supposed to be held in Khartoum. Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom requested 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 ›

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 ›

Ethiopia quells Egyptian fears over renaissance dam

By Nigel Wilson Egypt’s foreign minister returned from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa confident that the two countries would work together to protect Egypt’s water rights as the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam goes ahead. Sameh Shoukry said his Ethiopian counterpart showed understanding towards Egypt’s concerns Read more ›

Ethiopia,Sudan and Egypt to hire international expert for renaissance dam

By Yohannes Anberbir The Reporter-(Addis Ababa)-Water affairs ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan rejected their Egyptian counterpart’s latest proposal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) while agreeing unanimously to hire an international consultant that will conduct a study on the 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 ›

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 ›

Tanzania to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army

The Government of Tanzania is set to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army in a bid to boost the capacity of the local forces to consolidate security in the war-torn nation. A report by Sabahi quotes the director Read more ›

Egypt’s new president vows not to allow renaissance dam dispute escalate into crisis

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed not permit the protracted diplomatic row with neighbouring Ethiopia evolve into a serious crisis. He made this comment during his inaugural address at the Qubba Palace on Sunday, adding that Egypt recognizes the value of Read more ›

Uganda & South Sudan reject calls for review of Entebbe Nile agreement

Officials from Uganda and South Sudan have expressed opposition to the suggestions of Tanzania’s foreign minister for a re-negotiation of the 2010 Comprehensive Framework Agreement on the Nile river. Bernard Kamillius Membe told Tanzanian legislators last week that he plans Read more ›

Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei, Somalia and Guinea Bissau

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously voted in three resolutions on Thursday to prolong the mandate of its peace-keeping missions in Abyei, Somalia and South Sudan. The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which was created Read more ›

Ethiopia and Egypt ready to resume talks over renaissance dam

Officials from Ethiopia and Egypt have voiced willingness to re-engage in negotiations to resolve their dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Tripartite talks between the water ministries of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan broke down earlier in the year Read more ›

UN: Kony is hiding in South Sudan

The United Nations (UN) has revealed that the wanted leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, is currently hiding in a small community in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State, South Sudan. According to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Read more ›

Ethiopian defence ministry ready to protect renaissance dam against attacks

Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, has told the country’s legislators that his ministry is prepared to shield the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) from any attacks. He relayed this information while presenting his ministry’s bi-annual performance report to the Read more ›

Sudan and South Sudan leaders meet in Khartoum

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir hosted his counterpart, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, in Khartoum recently amid ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral relations in the wake of the prolonged civil war in the south. A spokesman for Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Read more ›

Egypt ceases transactions with Sudanese banks

The Central Bank of Egypt has ordered all banks in the country to freeze their dealings with Sudanese banks over concerns that these institutions may be violating international financial laws. Reports indicate that the verbal directive also includes Qatar and Read more ›

Ethiopia campaigns to win Egypt’s support for renaissance dam

The Ethiopian government has heightened diplomatic efforts to secure the support of the Egyptian government for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile. The $4.3 billion facility, which is set to be the largest Read more ›

Khartoum postpones UN Refugee Program

The Sudanese government has announced the suspension of a United Nations program aimed at providing training and other forms of assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in eastern Sudan. The Sudanese Media Center issued a statement announcing that the Read more ›

US deploys Troops and Aircrafts to Uganda

The Government of the United States of America has confirmed plans to discharge 4 CU-22 Osprey aircrafts to Uganda, as well as an additional 150 air-force personnel to man the planes. The reinforcements are expected to increase the ability of Read more ›

Sudan, South Sudan to re-activate Joint Border Patrol

The defense ministers of Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday agreed to resume joint patrol of their disputed 6-mile long border. According to a report by Daily Nation, the South Sudanese Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang, who was in Khartoum this Read more ›

Eritrean Authorities deny links with South Sudanese Rebels

Eritrean officials have disclosed that the embattled country has no ties with the rebels behind the insurgency in South Sudan – headed by Riek Machar – contrary to the claims of numerous critics. A statement from the office of President Read more ›

Ethiopia invites Media to Renaissance Dam construction site

The Ethiopian government has taken a number of foreign journalists on a tour of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction site. According to the Communication Affairs Office, the visit is to enable foreign media houses get some “first hand” Read more ›

Italy offers to Mediate Blue Nile Dispute Dialogue between Ethiopia and Egypt

The Italian Ambassador to Egypt, Maurizio Massari, has revealed that his government is willing to mediate the negotiations between Ethiopia and Egypt over the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). According to a report by Egypt’s Aswat Masriya, Mr. Massari Read more ›

Ethiopia mulls Exporting Electricity to Yemen

Ethiopia and Yemen have begun negotiations into an agreement that could see the former export electrical power to the Middle Eastern nation over 700 miles away, reports indicate. According to sources, the agreement stipulates that Ethiopia will sell 100 MW Read more ›

White House to Host U.S. – African Leaders Summit

The White house has announced on Tuesday that the United States will host the first U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC, later in the year. A statement from spokesman Jay Carney said, “The White House is pleased to announce that Read more ›

Nile Tributary Nations’ Dispute over Renaissance Dam Persist

Africa’s largest hydropower project – the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – is reportedly under threat, as Egypt and Ethiopia are yet to transverse a deadlock in negotiations over the Nile’s flow, reports indicate. The construction of the dam, taking place Read more ›