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Kenya bent on flight restrictions to Ebola hit nations amid International pressure

By Olive Burrows NAIROBI (Capital News) – International pressure is mounting on Kenya to resume flights to West Africa with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Read more ›

Ethiopia launches its first science museum

By Zerihun Getachew ADDIS ABABA (EBC)-The first Science Museum of Ethiopia, which is said to help promoting science and research in the country, has been opened Monday at the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. The University has established the Read more ›

East African leaders gather in Nairobi to discuss Ebola preparedness

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — African governments are due to meet in Nairobi from Tuesday for a regional conference on Ebola preparedness, Kenya’s health ministry said on Monday. The Sept. 16-17 regional conference will be attended by ministers in charge of transport, Read more ›

President Uhuru signs Finance Bill and Victim Protection Act 2014 into law

By PSCU/O’brien Kimani NAIROBI (KBC) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Finance Bill 2014 introducing sweeping changes to the administration of taxes in the country. The bill was passed by Parliament on 28th, August, 2014. The new Read more ›

East African currencies continue to struggle against the US Dollar

(The East African) – East African economies are feeling the pinch of inflation as their currencies continues to weaken against the dollar. By Allan Olingo Uganda and Rwanda managed to ensure the inflation rate remained below 5 per cent. Rwanda’s Read more ›

Scientists discover new dinosaur species in Tanzania

Ohio University paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania. Although many fossils of titanosaurians have been discovered around the globe, especially Read more ›

AU holds emergency meeting on Ebola in Addis Ababa

Standard Digital-(Addis Ababa)-African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting Monday to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people in west Africa. “Fighting Ebola must be done in a manner that doesn’t fuel isolation or Read more ›

China sends first combat troops to South Sudan for UN peace mission

China has agreed to send about 700 combat forces to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in the country, the government said. “We will be happy to receive 700 combat troops from the People’s Republic Read more ›

Cranes boost AFCON dream after draw with the Black Stars

Ghana were forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Uganda in their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. After a dismal World Cup, riddled with off-field problems, Kwesi Appiah’s men made an unconvincing start to Read more ›

Kenya secures $113m to build 1,550km road connecting Burundi

By Christabel Ligami and Adam Ihucha Kenya has secured $113 million from the African Development Bank for the construction of a transit route from the Indian Ocean to Bujumbura in Burundi, heightening competition between the ports of Indian Ocean to Bujumbura 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: Road linking Afar-Djibouti to be finished by Nov

Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) disclosed the Hawsewa-Abeala-Arbeti asphalt road, which it is constructing at the cost of a Billion Birr, is 93 percent over. The road is expected to be fully completed by the coming November. According to Samson Wondimu, Read more ›

Rwanda invests in medical tourism

By Ivan Ngoboka The New Times–(Kigali)-Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya – those countries with a long tradition of a developed health Read more ›

US drones target al-Shabab leader in Somalia

-Associated Press- (Mogadishu)-US military forces have attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group’s fugitive leader. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said the Read more ›

IMF & EAC to upgrade Gov’t Finance Statistics with new program

African Business Panel-(Arusha)-The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop Read more ›

African leaders in Kenya for AU Security Summit

BERNAMA-NNN-PANA (Nairobi)  – Today six Presidents are  meeting in Kenya for the one-day African Union (AU) Peace and Security summit on terrorism. The Presidents of Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, Burundi’s Vice President as well as the Prime Read more ›

Ugandan doctors to aid Liberian colleagues in Ebola fight

 By Joyce Namutebi & Agencies   Newvision-(Kampala) – A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers have been deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. The team comes with vast Read more ›

Ethiopian Airlines announce new flights to Madrid

Xinhua  (Addis Ababa) —  On Monday Ethiopian Airlines will commence its flights to Madrid, Spain, which has become the 10th European destination of the airliner. Ethiopian flights to Madrid is operated through Rome and has brought the number of the airline’s international 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 ›

Barclays to provide Uganda with financial aid

By Emmanuel Iruobe VENTURES AFRICA –(Kampala)- As Africa continues to attract solutions to its infrastructure challenges, the Barclays group has indicated its readiness to fund some of the huge infrastructural projects in Uganda. This was disclosed at a meeting between Read more ›

Kenyan officials upbeat about direct flights to US

BY Peter Kiragu Standard Digital-(Nairobi)-The Government has maintained that it has almost concluded most of the negotiations with Delta Airlines for them to launch direct flights between Kenya and the United States. Foreign Affairs and International Trade CS Amina Mohamed, Read more ›

Ethiopia set to join COMESA in search of new markets

African manager-Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to Read more ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Ethiopia’s coffee industry booms

Since late last year, a severe drought has stunted growth on coffee plantations in the heart of Brazil’s coffee-growing region and this is reportedly stimulating a resurgence in the Ethiopian coffee industry, whose value has risen to an astonishing 17.5% Read more ›

Muktar Kedir appointed to head Oromia region

Regional councillors have elected Muktar Kedir, chairman of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), as the sixth leader of the largest regional state in the republic. On Thursday, March 27th, Kedir was appointed at the 10th plenary session of the Read more ›

Ethiopia mulls restricting Teff Export

A few years ago, discussions about Ethiopia usually revolved around the country’s precarious food security and its poor economy. Now things are starting to change, Ethiopia is increasingly becoming synonymous with teff; a highly nutritious, gluten free “super food,” which Read more ›

Court Sentences 4 Men accused of Looting during Harar Town Fire Outbreak

A court in Harar town has sentenced four people accused of looting the properties of traders during a fire outbreak at the Mebrat Hail Gebi Market Center last week. The First Instance Court of Harar ruled, on March 17th, for the Read more ›

Victims of Harar Town Fire accuse Government of Complicity

March 9th was a sad and disturbing day for residents of Harar town – a place known for its ancient walls and performers who do amazing stunts alongside hyenas. A fire at the Mebrat Hail Gebi Market Center on this Read more ›

Only 10,000 dollars to save a child; “Save a Child’s Heart” training the first Ethiopian Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

An Israeli based humanitarian organization striving to work towards improving children’s chance of survival in relation to congenital heart defects, “Save a Child’s Heart” group is now training the first Ethiopian Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon and also raising money for a Read more ›

Ethiopia’s Premier calls for Deployment of Regional Forces to South Sudan

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has called for the deployment of a regional peace keeping force to South Sudan to be hastened. He made the statement at a meeting with Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, during a rare visit by the neighboring Read more ›