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Ethiopia Debunks Human Rights Watch Report of Continued Violence in Oromia

Ethiopia on Monday debunked a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that student protests against a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia, the largest region in the country, has continued. Communications Minister Getachew Reda dismissed claims that Read more ›

Ethiopia Abandons Addis Ababa Expansion Plan After Deadly Oromo Student Protests

Ethiopia has announced the cancellation of a controversial development plan to expand the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia, the largest region in the country. On Wednesday, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s minister of communication, confirmed the decision of the ruling party in Read more ›

Chinese Firm to Build New Ethiopian National Stadium in 3 Years

Ethiopia has announced the construction of a state-of-the-art 60,000 capacity stadium in Addis Ababa. The new national stadium will meet both FIFA and IAAF requirements, putting Ethiopia in the position to host international sporting events. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Youth and Read more ›

United States Urges Ethiopia to Release Imprisoned Journalists Amid Violent Protests

The United States has expressed concern over the recent arrest of journalists in Ethiopia amid deadly protests over a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia. On Wednesday, the US urged Ethiopia to release journalists and all Read more ›

U.S. Calls for Dialogue to Address ‘Legitimate’ Oromo Grievances Following Violent Protests

The United States has called for dialogue in Ethiopia’s Oromia region after student protests against a government expansion plan turned fatal. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 75 protesters have been killed in clashes with Ethiopian security forces. 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 ›

Ethiopians welcome a new year

Ethiopians all over the world have marked the beginning of a new year on Thursday, Sept. 11th. Unlike most countries in the world, Ethiopia continues to follow a dating system based on the ancient Egyptian Coptic calendar, which predates the 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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’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 ›

South Sudan: Peace talks postponed

A new round of discussions between representatives of the warring factions in Addis Ababa failed to resume as scheduled on Monday as both sides failed to show up, officials say. The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) chief mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels to pen final ceasefire agreement

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the way forward for young, war-torn South Sudan. Rebel spokesman, Yohanis Musa, told the press in Khartoum last week that both sides will begin to Read more ›

South Sudan marks SPLA Day

The government and people of South Sudan have commemorated the formation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Friday, May 16th. Local sources indicate that a large crowd have convened at the Dr. John Garang Memorial Park to mark Read more ›

Ethiopia to host global food security conference

More than 800 experts in food and other related disciplines are set to convene in Addis Ababa on Thursday, May 15th, to discuss how to integrate resilient strategies in the fight against hunger and poverty globally. The meeting, themed ‘Building Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels trade accusations over violations of ceasefire agreement

Representatives of the government and rebels in South Sudan have accused each other of instigating several brief clashes this weekend despite the new agreement to end all hostilities. On Friday, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar agreed to enforce a Read more ›

UN releases report on human rights violations in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have published a report on the human rights situation in the country since violence erupted on December 15th last year. The 62-page report, prepared by the UNMISS Human Rights Division, reportedly draws Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebel leader agrees to meet President Kiir

The former Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has agreed to meet with President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on Friday for discussions aimed at ending the ongoing insurgency that has led to the deaths of more than a Read more ›

Ethiopia, China premiers commission Addis Ababa-Adama expressway

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China have inaugurated a major highway in Addis Ababa on Monday. The 6-lane, 80 kilometers Addis Ababa-Adama express way will be the first road with toll booths in Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels reclaim Bentiu

Opposition forces in South Sudan have reclaimed a key oil-rich city on Monday, less than 24-hours after the military announced they had wrestled control from the rebels. Spokesman for Riek Machar, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the rebels Read more ›

South Sudan: President Kiir to meet with rebel leader for peace talks

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kirr, has agreed to meet with his former deputy, now rebel-leader, Riek Machar, in Addis Ababa next week to find a solution to the four-month-long armed conflict in South Sudan. According to the U.S. Read more ›

Oromo students and opposition groups protest against the expansion of Addis Ababa

Thousands of ethnic Oromo students and other groups have taken to the street this past week to express their displeasure over the government’s plans to extend the boundaries of the nation’s capital. Reports indicate that under the ‘Integrated Development Master Plan’ Read more ›

Special court to rule on fate of 4 South Sudanese politicians

Judges at a Special Court in Juba presiding over the trial of four South Sudanese politicians accused of treason are reportedly set to pass a ruling on the hearing following the completion of cross examination process on Wednesday. South Sudan’s 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 to host Africa Investment Forum

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is set to host a significant continental investment forum early next month. Reports indicate that already about 150 international and 140 local companies have confirmed their participation. Addisu Tekle, the head of the communications Read more ›

Unilever to establish Manufacturing Plant in Ethiopia

Multi-national manufacturer, Unilever, has announced plans of opening a plant in Ethiopia. The consumer-product giant will open the manufacturing plant next year as part of its growth strategy in Africa, reports indicate. According to a company official, the manufacturer plans Read more ›

Ethiopian Physicians to Establish a Center of Excellence Hospital in Addis Ababa

The Global Ethiopian Medical Enterprise and Ethio-American Doctors Group have disclosed plans of uniting to establish a Center of Excellence Hospital in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The organizations have revealed that by uniting their resources, the medical mission would have a greater Read more ›

Ethiopian Airlines to introduce flights to Mogadishu

Ethiopian Airlines is set to initiate a new route to Mogadishu following the cooperative agreements in transportation and aviation between the two nations, reports indicate. Analysts say that this move signifies a vote of confidence in the financial turnaround of 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 ›

Over 200 South Sudanese Civilians Perish in Boat Accident, Rebels claim to Recapture Capital of Oil-Rich State

At least 200 civilians – including women and children – are reported to have been killed while trying to escape fighting between government forces and rebels in Malakal, a northern oil city in South Sudan. South Sudan’s army spokesman told Read more ›

Ethiopia to Host Regional International Astronomical Union office

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has signed an agreement with Ethiopian partners to host a regional office in Addis Ababa. The facility that will result from the agreement signed on Friday, January 10th, represents the first regional astronomy node to Read more ›

Ethiopia to Host 3rd Annual Family Planning Conference

Thousands of scientists, advocates, political leaders, and health care experts from around the globe will convene in Addis Ababa from 12-15 November for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). The conference will center on the premise “Full Access, Full Read more ›

Ethiopia Commemorates Victims of Lampedusa Disaster

The government of Ethiopia has honored the victims of the boat tragedy, which occurred close to the Italian Lampedusa island in October. Last week, the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives decided the national flag would fly half-mast in commemoration of Read more ›

Ethiopian opposition accuse government of illegal detention and abuse

An opposition party in Ethiopia, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), claims that more than one hundred of its supporters and members faced illegal detention, abduction, and assault between July and September this year. The party’s leader also alleged that security Read more ›