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 ›

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Says EU Should Turn Migrant Boats Back to the Mediterranean

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for the European Union (EU) Navy patrolling the Mediterranean sea to turn boats packed with migrants back to North Africa immediately they cross Libyan waters. Johnson made the shocking statement, which sharply deviates Read more ›

Ethiopian Paralympic Athlete to Seek Asylum in the U.S. After Making Oromo Protest Sign at Rio Summer Olympics

Source: Newsweek.com Ethiopian Paralympian Tamiru Demisse showed solidarity with Oromia protesters—who have clashed with the country’s government—as he claimed a silver medal, following a protest gesture made by Olympic counterpart Feyisa Lilesa. Demisse, who competed in the men’s 1,500-meter T13 Read more ›

Fire Breaks out in Ethiopian Prison Housing High-Profile Political Prisoners

A maximum prison on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where high-profile political prisoners are kept, caught fire on Saturday, leading to some causalities. Ethiopia’s Federal Prison Administration confirmed that the fire outbreak at the Qilinto prison has since Read more ›

Facebook Suspends Popular Ethiopian News Page Over Coverage of Protests in Amhara and Oromo Regions of Ethiopia

Facebook has suspended the account of popular Ethiopian online news platform Mereja.com for “violating its policies.” Mereja’s Facebook page was suspended on Thursday for “misleading” people into liking it. “Your Page has been unpublished for causing people to like or Read more ›

Amhara Anti-Government Protesters Attack Foreign Flower Plants, Israel Issues Travel Advisory for Ethiopia

Protesters in Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Thursday attacked a series of foreign-owned flower plantations resulting in damages worth millions amid widespread anti-government demonstrations. Belgian, Dutch, Israeli, Indian, and Italian flower plantations were among the foreign-owned facilities attacked in the region, Read more ›

Ethiopia Rejects UN Request for Observers to Probe Reports About Killings of Amhara and Oromo Protesters

Ethiopia has denied a United Nations (UN) request to send international observers to investigate reports that many people have been left dead in parts of the East African country rocked by violent anti-government protests. On Monday, Amnesty International reported that Read more ›

UN Urges Ethiopia to Allow Observers to Probe Reports of Killings of Amhara and Oromo Protesters

The United Nations (UN) has asked Ethiopia to allow international observers into parts of the East African country rocked by violent anti-government protests. Weekend protests in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromo regions turned deadly after demonstrators and security officials clashed. Over Read more ›

Thousands of Amhara People Protest Against Ethiopian Government’s Policies in Gondar

Thousands of people in Gondar, a city in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, gathered on Sunday to protest against a government decision to place an Amhara district under the administrative jurisdiction of Tigray, a neighboring region. The protesters, who allegedly numbered over Read more ›

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 ›

Ethiopia Olympic Trials: Almaz Ayana Defeats Tirunesh Dibaba in Record-Breaking 10,000-Meter Debut

Ethiopia’s world 5,000m champion Almaz Ayana has won her first career 10,000-meter race in Hengelo, Netherlands during Ethiopia’s Olympic trials. Ayana made history on Wednesday with her 30:07:00 win, which is reportedly the fastest 10,000m debut performance time. Her finish 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 ›