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  • Remains of Byzantine basilica discovered at the bottom of Lake İznik

     

    The remains of an ancient basilica have been discovered about 20 meters from shore in Bursa’s Lake İznik, according to local archaeologists.

    “We have found church remains. It is in a basilica plan and has three naves,” said Mustafa Şahin, an archaeology professor at Bursa Uludağ University.

    The foundations of the church are currently lying in water that is about 1.5 to two meters deep.

    “This church’s remains are similar to the Hagia Sophia in İznik. This is why we estimated that it was built in the fifth century A.D.,” said Şahin.

    He said the structure was discovered while photographing the city from the air to make an inventory of historical and cultural artifacts.

    After the discovery, the university informed the İznik Museum Directorate and the Culture and Tourism Ministry, asking that the archaeological site be protected, Şahin said.

    There are many rough stones at the site, he said. “This shows that that the structure 

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  • Eritrea Denies Targeting Ethiopia Dam as Egyptian Ties Deepen

     

    Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt neighboring Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam.

    “The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.

    Egypt’s government has claimed Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River contravenes colonial-era treaties that grant it the right to the bulk of the river’s water. Ethiopian officials reject the accords as obsolete and unjust. The plant, being built at a cost of $6.4 billion, is scheduled for completion next year and will produce as much as 6,450 megawatts of power.

    Isaias traveled to Cairo in November to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, when the two discussed deepening relations, the Cairo-based Daily News Egypt newspaper reported.

    Ethiopia’s government has said forces receiving support from Egypt and Eritrea are trying to destabilize the country. In October, Communications Minister Getachew Reda said the banned Oromo Liberation Front received financing and training from Egypt. In March, Ethiopian security forces killed 13 members of a rebel group that the government said had crossed into the country from Eritrea.

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  • Ethiopia carries out mass doping tests

     

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia has conducted doping tests on more than 350 athletes, the vast majority of them track and field competitors.

    Mekonnnen Yidersal, the director general of the Ethiopian National Anti-Doping Office, says the exercise was “successful” and a laboratory is expected to complete testing on the samples in 10 days.

    Anti-doping authorities tested 339 track and field athletes last week. The tests coincided with the national athletics championships.

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  • Ethiopia Regional Powerhouse

     

    On a rainy afternoon in Addis Ababa’s old Italian district, a flash and a loud bang from the top of an electricity pylon sends pedestrians running in all directions. “Lousy Indian-made transformers,” mutters one passerby, who, like many people, argues that Ethiopia has not got the best ­value for money from its municipal power contractors.

    For decades, Ethiopia has suffered from chronic power shortages. In 1953, the Aba Samuel hydroelectric dam was the only power source in the country, generating just 6MW. That number has slowly risen to 2,300MW today, which is still far short of the amount of electricity Ethiopia needs to provide power for its 95 million people. By comparison, South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, produces more than 250,000MW.

    Ethiopia’s government has long touted the potential of its power sector to facilitate economic growth. It estimates a projected capacity of 60,000MW from hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal sources combined. 

    “Ethiopia has very big potential in energy sources,” says Azeb Asnake, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Electric Power, the state-run power utility. “The biggest [is] hydropower. We have 12 river basins in Ethiopia, nine of which are actually now under development,” she says, also noting the strong potential of solar and geothermal production. 

    The country’s ambitious plan to become a middle-income country by 2025, which is estimated to cost $200bn in investment, relies heavily on developing electricity production. The government aims to establish grid links as far north as Europe and as far south as South Africa. “From Ethiopia we [will] try to go to Kenya and through Kenya to go to Tanzania and further to South Africa. And in the north […] we are already connected with Sudan and from Sudan to Egypt and further to Europe,” says Azeb. The government plans to use the money earned from power exports to fund other projects.

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  • Ethiopia: Everyday Is Mothers' Day

     

    "I think therefore I am" I think this is one of the best philosophical thoughts of Descartes the philosopher. He used this term after doubting his existence and finally when he realized he was thinking Descartes believed his existence.

    This piece is not about doubting my existence. It is not also about if I am thinking or not. It is all about me and my family. If Descartes had thought about his facsimiles, he may not need to philosophize about his existence. Our families are our existences. We are nothing without our families. No matter how a diverse array of view we have; no matter how foolish a given family member is, that person is part of a family. I don't think there is anything strong as a family bondage.

    When one thinks about families the role of mothers proves great. Mothers are pillars of their respective family. They are reasons behind our existence -physical as well as spiritual.

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  • Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness

     

     

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved.

    Known for the political statements he makes in his music, an infectious mix of reggae and Ethiopian pop, the 40-year-old Tewodros Kassahun told The Associated Press that raising political issues should not be a sin.

    Open debate “should be encouraged,” he said. “No one can be outside the influence of politics and political decisions.”

    Ethiopia is an unlikely place for an outspoken singer to thrive. The government is accused of being heavy-handed on opposing voices.

    During a visit this month, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed concern about the state of emergency imposed in October after months of deadly anti-government protests demanding wider freedoms. Opposition and human rights groups blame security forces for hundreds of deaths, but the government says they largely used “proportionate” measures.

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  • Anguish and unrest in Amhara over Ethiopian state of emergency

     

    In the Ethiopian city of Gondar the chewing of the mildly narcotic plant khat stimulates animated conversation about recent events during the country’s ongoing state of emergency.

    “If you kill your own people how are you a soldier – you are a terrorist,” says 32-year-old Tesfaye, plucking at a bunch of green leaves. He recently left the military after seven years of service around the border with Somalia. “I became a soldier to protect my people.”

    Demonstrations last August in the country’s Amhara region, and particularly the cities of Bahir Dar (the region’s capital) and Gondar (the former historical seat of Ethiopian rule) signalled the spreading of protests to Ethiopia’s second most populated region.

    For much of the previous year, protesters in the Oromia region, to the south of Amhara, had been engaged in anti-government demonstrations to highlight perceived discrimination against the Oromo people.

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  • Sudan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

     

    Sudanese and Ethiopian forces operating on the border between the two countries are in place to prepare for any offensive that Egypt might launch against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, intelligence and security sources in Khartoum have revealed to MEMO.

    The two armies have been alerted that the Egyptian air force now has the capability to strike the dam at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres, following the purchase of 24 Rafale fighter jets from France. The Ethiopians have deployed long-range missiles around the dam as a precautionary measure and Sudan’s forces have been placed on standby.

    The Renaissance Dam is being built to fulfil Ethiopia’s energy needs; it is on the Nile in the Benishagul Gumuz region. The project is opposed by Egypt, which believes that it will affect the flow of the great river and cause water shortages. The scheme is set to be the eighth largest dam in the world and has caused a major diplomatic row between the Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. After initial objections, Sudan supports the building of the reservoir behind the dam

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  • Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV

     

    Broadcast exclusively in the lingua franca of Ethiopia, Kana TV marks a breakthrough in a country where until recently the main alternatives to the drab state-owned terrestrial channels were foreign satellite broadcasters. This new free-to-air, private satellite TV channel, bringing international standard programming to Ethiopia’s estimated 4m TV households has seized a 40–50% prime time market share.

    Kana translates as something between taste and flavour – the “proverbial special sauce,” according to cofounder Elias Schulze. “It’s a crazy operation,” Schulze says. “At the beginning it took up to 50 man hours to dub one hour and we had to produce 200 man hours of content every day.”

    So far Kana has dubbed 1,200 hours of content since launching in April 2016, and has recently rented a 1,000-metre-square warehouse for original productions (previously, filming had to be done in places such as the front room of Schulze’s home).

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  • Eritrean fighter pilots 'defect to Ethiopia'

    Two fighter pilots from Eritrea have defected to Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group has told the Associated Press news agency.

    Nasredin Ahmed Ali, spokesman for the Ethiopia-based Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation is quoted as saying:"The two pilots flew their small-sized fighter jets to Mekelle [northern Ethiopia] on Wednesday morning."

    He also named the pilots and described them as very experienced.

    AP also quotes a resident in Mekelle saying that Ethiopian jets were flying over head in an unusual pattern on Wednesday.

    Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, but there are no diplomatic relations between the two as the peace deal which ended the conflict has not been fully implemented.

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  • World's most dedicated Christians? Thousands climb steep cliffs to reach hidden churches

    THOUSANDS of dedicated Christians clamber up sheer cliffs to pray in hidden rock-hewn ancient Orthodox churches in Ethiopia.

    The sandstone cliffs of Gheralta in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, which are 2580m tall, are the home to 35 hidden churches, some of which date back to the fourth century. 

    The climbs to reach the churches carved out of solid rock are arduous and involve near-vertical cliff faces at times and steep 300-metre ledges, particularly to reach the Abuna Yemata Church.

    Although tourists occasionally use harnesses and ropes to help with the strenuous climb, the locals do not. 

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  • The 10 best Ethiopian restaurants in the Washington area

     

    When Queen of Sheba debuted in 2005, there were no multistory condominiums with dog parks on the roof and sweeping vistas of the Shaw neighborhood. There was no Chaplin’s next door with $14 bowls of ramen and $20 pours of Japanese whiskey. There was no shortage of parking, either.

    But in the 11 years since Nigisti “Queen” Gebreyesus and her husband, Embzam Misgina, open their Ethio­pian restaurant, Shaw has become a developer’s playground, and all the shiny new commercial objects have put a squeeze on the couple’s business. In fact, before I spoke with Gebreyesus, I noticed Queen of Sheba was for sale. But the Queen told me the online listing was premature. The couple had been contemplating a sale but decided to give themselves more time to reverse their fortunes.

    The sound you hear is the $20 Diner exhaling loudly — at least for Queen of Sheba, which, based on two recent meals, is turning out some of the finest Ethio­pian fare anywhere. We don’t need to lose another standard-bearer on the Ethio­pian dining scene. Earlier this month, the owners of Zenebech Restaurant announced they would be selling their property and closing their injera-based business after an 18-year run on T Street NW, located basically next door to the renovated Howard Theatre.

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  • Ethiopia declares state of emergency

     

    Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement released on state media.

    "The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damages occurring in the country," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.

    The declaration marks a further hardening of the government's position after months of protests in different parts of Ethiopia.

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  • Are Ethiopian protests a game changer?

     

     

    Political protests which have swept through Ethiopia are a major threat to the country's secretive government, writes former BBC Ethiopia correspondent Elizabeth Blunt.

    For the past five years Ethiopia has been hit by waves of protest, not only by formal opposition groups but also Muslims unhappy at the imposition of government-approved leaders, farmers displaced to make way for commercial agriculture, Amhara communities opposed at their inclusion in Tigre rather than the Amhara region and, above all, by groups in various parts of the vast Oromia region.

    In the most recent unrest in Oromia, at least 55 people died when security forces intervened over the weekend during the annual Ireecha celebrations - a traditional Oromo seasonal festival.

    The Oromo protests have continued long after plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa's boundaries to take in more of the region were abandoned earlier this year. And in the last few months groups which were previously separate have made common cause.  

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  • Fatal Ethiopia Stampede Seen Reviving Unrest in U.S. Partner

     

     

    The Ethiopian government’s deadly mishandling of a protest at a cultural event by the Oromo people threatens to reignite demonstrations across the country’s largest region and worsen political risk in one of the U.S.’s key African allies.

     

    The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia estimates as many as 100 people were crushed to death or drowned on Sunday as they fled from regional police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse a crowd in Bishoftu city, 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.

     

    Oromo protesters had crossed their arms -- a symbol of resistance by Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group that’s been demonstrating for almost a year -- as they chanted anti-government slogans and threatened to take over a stage where traditional leaders were due to speak. Government spokesman Getachew Reda put the death toll at 55 and said some of the protesters were responsible for the stampede.

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  • Ethiopia has a lot riding on its new, Chinese-built railroad to the sea

     

    The sleek, white train glides through the hilly Ethiopian countryside, the first to travel this route in nearly a decade.

    The contrast is stark as the new, Chinese-made electric train passes horse-drawn carriages, oxen hauling plows and crowds of curious village children. But soon it crosses over a gleaming six-lane expressway and snakes past a row of newly erected wind turbines — all Chinese-built and, like the train, part of Ethiopia’s ongoing effort to remake itself.

    The standard-gauge rail line, which will be officially inaugurated this week, stretches 470 miles from the capital, Addis Ababa, to the port of Djibouti, which handles 90 percent of the landlocked country’s trade and is its main window to the outside world. Seventy percent of the $3.4 billion project is financed by China’s Export-Import Bank, and it is one of the biggest of the mega-projects that Ethiopia says will transform its largely agricultural economy — once known for little more than famine and coffee — into East Africa’s manufacturing hub.

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  • National mourning begins in Ethiopia

     

    Ethiopians are observing three days of national mourning after at least 52 people died during a protest at a religious festival in the Oromia region on Sunday.

    There is a dispute over what caused the deaths.

    A statement on Ethiopia's state broadcaster said the mourning is to "commemorate innocent citizens who lost their lives because of the violence instigated by anti-peace forces".

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn earlier blamed rioters for the "mayhem" which led to a stampede.

    Opposition activists say the panic was caused when security forces fired teargas and bullets into the large crowd which had gathered for a thanksgiving ceremony.

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  • Ethiopia: many dead in anti-government protest at religious festival

    Opposition party says stampede kills at least 50 people in chaotic scenes in restive Oromiya region

     

    Police in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region fired teargas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede the opposition party said killed at least 50 people.

    The government did not give a precise death toll resulting from chaotic scenes on Sunday during the annual festival, where some people chanted slogans against the government and waved a rebel flag. But it said “lives were lost” and that several were injured.

    Sporadic protests have erupted in Oromiya in the last two years, initially sparked by a land row but increasingly turning more broadly against the government. Since late 2015, scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with police. 

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  • Ethiopia: 'Several' killed in Oromia festival stampede

     

     

    Small protests in Oromia province initially flared in 2014 over a development plan for the capital that would have expanded its boundaries, a move seen as threatening the seizure of farmland.

    The government has blamed rebel groups and dissidents abroad for stirring up the protests and provoking violence.

    The government has denied that violence from the security forces is systemic, though a spokesman has previously  told Al Jazeera that police officers "sometimes take the law into their own hands", pledging an independent investigation.

    The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front last month rejected a United Nations request to send in observers, saying it alone was responsible for the security of its citizens.

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  • Several dead in Ethiopia stampede

     

    Several people have been killed in a stampede in Ethiopia's Oromia region after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a protest.

    It happened during a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.

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  • Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

    Ethiopia is a land of legends and mystery – the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant to name but two. The landscape is also mesmerising. In the far north are the Simien Mountains – a mystical world of primeval forests, misty peaks, bizarre plants and exotic creatures. Trekking these stunning highlands is like stepping into an otherworldly paradise.

     

    Dramatic landscapes

    Violent volcanic eruptions 40 million years ago created the Simien Mountains massif, which rises to over 4500m in northern Ethiopia. Over millennia, erosive forces have sculpted its jagged pinnacles, deep ravines and volcanic plugs. Treks of between five and ten days along high-altitude escarpments, across alpine meadows and through the fertile lowlands are the best way to fully appreciate the amazing diversity of the Simiens, much of what today is protected as part ofSimien Mountains National Park.

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  • Behind the Ethiopia protests: A view from inside the government

     

    An ex-cabinet minister in the Ethiopian government and former president of Oromia Regional State explains why the current turmoil has come as no surprise. 

    For over two decades, the Ethiopian government has been walking with its eyes shut towards the edge of the cliff. It is now tittering on the brink.

    The protests and strikes that have been held across several towns and cities since last year and have intensified over the past couple of months may have come as a surprise to those who accepted the “Ethiopia rising” myth. But it has come as no surprise to those of us who have seen the political system unfurl from the inside.

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  • Ethiopian singers cancel New Year concerts

     

    Many Ethiopian singers have cancelled their concerts to welcome in Ethiopia’s New Year, which falls this year on 11 September.

    Ethiopians will be ushering in 2009 on Sunday as their calendar is more than seven years out of sync with the one used in much of the rest of the world.

    But some singers are planning to put a dampener on the celebrations that take place on New Year’s Eve.

    They say it would not be good to celebrate when people are mourning those who have died in recent protests.

    At least 17 singers have backed out of gigs to be held in various venues in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities.

    Oromo singer Abush Zeleke was among those who announced their decision on their official Facebook page.

    And on Twitter have reacted to the news:

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  • WEST OF SUEZ FOR THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

     

    Bases on the Horn of Africa serve Emirati power projection ambitions.

     

    Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.” Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab. Over the last year, this port was built up from empty desert into a modern airbase, deep-water port, and military training facility.

    The progression of Emirati expeditionary operations is fascinating to retrace. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Emirates sent de-mining forces to Lebanon, peacekeepers to Somalia, and Apache attack helicopters to the NATO intervention in Kosovo. In the 2000s, the United Arab Emirates provided fully-armed attack helicopters to Lebanon and equipped Yemeni government forces with armored vehicles and weapons to fight the Houthi rebellions in the north of that country. An Emirati special forces and stabilization force spent 12 years in Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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  • Once a Bucknell Professor, Now the Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army

     

    Berhanu Nega was once one of Bucknell University’s most popular professors. An Ethiopian exile with a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, he taught one of the economics department’s most sought-after electives, African Economic Development. When he wasn’t leading seminars or puttering around his comfortable home in a wooded neighborhood five minutes from the Bucknell campus in rural Lewisburg, Pa., Nega traveled abroad for academic conferences and lectured on human rights at the European Parliament in Brussels. “He was very much concerned with the relationship between democracy and development,” says John Rickard, an English professor who became one of his close friends. “He argued that you cannot have viable economic development without democratization, and vice versa.” A gregarious and active figure on campus, he rooted for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Cavaliers, campaigned door-to-door for Barack Obama in 2008 and was known as one of the best squash players on the Bucknell faculty. He and his wife, an Ethiopian-born optometrist, raised two sons and sent them to top-ranked colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon. On weekends he sometimes hosted dinners for other Bucknell professors and their families, regaling them with stories about Abyssinian culture and history over Ethiopian food he would prepare himself; he imported the spices from Addis Ababa and made the injera, a spongy sourdough bread made of teff flour, by hand.

     

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  • Unprecedented Ethiopia protests far from over: analysts

     

    Regional protests that began last year in Ethiopia have spread across the country, and despite successive crackdowns analysts say dissatisfaction with the authoritarian government is driving ever greater unrest.

    Demonstrations began popping up in November 2015 in the Oromia region, which surrounds the capital, due to a government plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa.

    The region's Oromo people feared their farmland would be seized, and though the authorities soon dropped the urban enlargement project and brutally suppressed the protests, they badly misjudged the anger it triggered.

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  • Oromo protests: Why US must stop enabling Ethiopia

     

    London (CNN)Ethiopia is facing a crisis of unprecedented magnitude, yet its government and Western enablers refuse to acknowledge and recognize the depth of the crisis.

    The nationwide protest held on Saturday by the Oromo people, the single largest ethnic group both in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, is clear evidence of a crisis that is threatening to degenerate into a full-scale social explosion.
    The protests are the most unprecedented and absolutely extraordinary display of defiance by the Oromo people and it is by far the most significant political developments in the country since the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the strongman who ruled the country for over two decades.
    The protests took place in more than 200 towns and villages across Oromia, Ethiopia's largest region, and were attended by hundreds of thousands of people. According to Oromia media Network, security forces used live bullets against peaceful protestors, killing over 100 protestors.

    Annexation

    Oromos have been staging protest rallies across the country since April of 2014 against systematic marginalization and persecution of ethnic Oromos. The immediate trigger of the protest was a development plan that sought to expand the territorial limits of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, into neighbouring Oromo villages and towns.
     
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  • Africa A year after Obama’s visit, Ethiopia is in turmoil

     

     August 9 at 12:08 PM

     The shoes lay scattered on the sidewalk as the detained protesters walked barefoot through the rain escorted by grim-faced police officers who casually beat them with batons to keep them moving.

    In nearby Meskel Square here in the heart of the Ethio­pian capital, police kicked around the remnants of protest signs. Just 10 minutes earlier, 500 people had gathered at the site — shouting slogans against the government before being beaten, rounded up and carted off by police.

    In Ethiopia’s countryside, however, it was a bloodier story. Rights groups and opposition figures estimate that dozens were killed in a weekend of protests that shook this key U.S. ally in the Horn of Africa.

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  • Deaths and detentions in Ethiopia as protests flare

     

    Six people have been reported killed in the country's Gondar region, and dozens detained during a rally in Addis Ababa.

    At least six people have been reported killed over two days of protests in Ethiopia while dozens were arrested in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    A source told Al Jazeera that four people were killed on Saturday in the northern Gondar region, in addition to two people killed in the area on Friday. Located 700km north of Addis Ababa, Gondar is a region dominated by the ethnic Amharas.  

    Ethiopian authorities would not confirm the death toll.

    The reported deaths come as dozens of ethnic Oromo protesters were arrested in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

    At least 500 Oromo people - protesting against alleged economic inequality and discrimination - gathered amid a heavy police presence on the capital's main Meskel Square.

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  • New Panama Papers series exposes secret deals in Africa

     

    New revelations published today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), in collaboration with more than a dozen news organizations in Africa, expose fresh details about the misuse of corporate secrecy and hidden wealth in Africa, the world’s poorest continent.

    Released nearly four months after ICIJ and more than 100 media partners first published what is now known as the Panama Papers, 11. 5 million files from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, today’s investigations include new details about the middleman at the center of a probe into hundreds of millions of dollars in suspected bribes paid for oil and gas contracts awarded in Algeria.

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  • Zelalem embracing U.S. pressure ahead of All-Star game

     

    When Arsenal takes on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday, U.S. national team fans will get a glimpse of potential future star Gedion Zelalem.

    The 19-year-old U.S. youth international spent last season on loan at Rangers, where he made 28 league and cup appearances, helping the club gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already tipped the teenager for great things, even if the player's body needs a bit of maturing first.

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  • Ethiopian killed in refugee camp clashes

     

    LILLE, France: An Ethiopian was killed and six other migrants injured when clashes erupted on the outskirts of the migrant camp in France’s northern port city of Calais, authorities said Tuesday.
    A local government spokesman said migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia clashed with those from Afghanistan on Monday night, stabbing each other and hitting each other with sticks.
    A 37-year-old Ethiopian died after being knifed in the chest, he said.
    Police intervened several times in the clashes.

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  • Travel review: Ethiopia - land of lost Ark

     

    Could a country once ripped apart by famine now be Africa’s most exciting holiday destination? Sarah Marshall visits Ethiopia.

    Clinging like a limpet to the sheer sandstone rock face, I dig my toes into disconcertingly shallow foot holes. Hiking shoes would have been useful, I sigh, but on the final leg of a hike to Ethiopia’s most inaccessible place of worship, barefoot is the only option.

    Tackling a six-metre vertical climb to reach the fifth century Abuna Yemata Guh, one of Tigray’s famous rock-hewn churches hidden in the Gheralta mountain range, really does require a leap of faith.

    Like much of Ethiopia’s ancient past, mystery surrounds the origins of this holy cave, where exquisitely preserved frescoes of wide-eyed archangels emerge from the shadows.

    Worshippers of all ages still make the difficult journey to celebrate mass, carrying babies, baskets of injera and even dead bodies on their backs.

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  • Eritrea based Ethiopian rebel group abandons armed struggle

     

    By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

    July 22, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – An Ethiopian armed opposition group, Afar People’s Party has returned home abandoning an arms struggle in pursuit of peace.

    Ethiopian soldiers (AFP)

    The leader of the opposition group Alo Aydahis and some 400 of its fighters laid down their arms and returned home after years of exile in arch- foe Eritrea.

    The group on Thursday said it has favoured to engage in peace full struggle than the armed one.

    The opposition movement according to the leader, Alo Aydahis, abandoned the armed struggle after it negotiated with the Ethiopian government.

    Alo said the group has agreed to act in accordance with the law of the country.

    Chief administrator of Afar regional state Haji Siyum Awel said the people and the government the Afar regional state have welcomed the group.

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  • Ethiopia will not stop building dam regardless of impact study results: Minister

     

    Ethiopian Irrigation and Water Minister Motuma Mikasa has stated that neither tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam nor the outcome of impact studies will not stop the building of the dam.

    Speaking to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mikasa revealed plans to finish construction by 2017. He added that plans are afoot to build more dams on all rivers flowing down from the Ethiopian highlands.

    Whilst some countries in the Nile basin have expressed support for the Ethiopian construction project, begun in 2011, Egypt has spearheaded opposition to the dam, citing negative impact on downstream water flows as the main concern.

    A tripartite committee from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt was formed to discuss objections to the dam's construction, and it was agreed in 2014 that environmental impact studies would be conducted.


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  • Eritrea says it killed 200 Ethiopian troops in border clash, Addis Ababa points to ‘seriously weakened’ rival

     

    The African Union has urged Eritrea and Ethiopia to exercise restraint and avoid any actions that could further endanger regional stability

    ERITREA said more than 200 Ethiopian troops were killed in clashes on the two Horn of Africa countries’ border on June 12.

    A further 300 Ethiopian soldiers were wounded, Eritrea’s Information Ministry said Thursday in a statement on its website. The tolls are “conservative estimates,” it said.

    The fighting erupted in the Tserona region, about 74 kilometers (46 miles) south of Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.

    The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry accused its neighbour or sparking the fighting and said retaliatory measures by the Ethiopians “seriously weakened” the Eritrean army, it said.

    Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda didn’t answer two calls and a text message seeking comment on Thursday.

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  • A 'spirit of positivity' should prevail over Renaissance Dam negotiations: Egypt’s Sisi

     

    Egypt has long maintained that the Ethiopian dam – currently under construction – would affect its supply of Nile water

    Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Saturday his country supports the Ethiopian peoples’ right to development through the Renaissance Dam but also stressed that the Nile River is the Egyptian peoples’ only source of potable water, a presidential statement read.

    In his meeting with the irrigation and agricultural ministers, El-Sisi said that a “spirit of positivity should prevail over the negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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  • What young Eritreans dream of...

     

    Eritrea provides more asylum-seekers in Europe than any other African country. Although it won independence from Ethiopia 25 years ago, it has never had elections, has no parliament and no free press. This small country, with an estimated population of three-and-a-half million, is being accused of human rights abuses, including indefinite forced conscription. The BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper gained rare access to the country.

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  • EU considering working with Sudan and Eritrea to stem migration

    Proposal intended to stop refugees reaching southern Europe, according to draft document seen by the Guardian

    Europe is considering whether to forge ahead with a plan to work with repressive African regimes in an attempt to stem migration flows, according to the draft version of a policy expected to be finalised by European officials on Tuesday.

    To stop refugees reaching southern Europe from Africa, Europe is mulling whether to partner with Sudan, whose president is wanted for war crimes, and Eritrea, whose government is accused of crimes against humanity by the UN.

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  • Kenya talks to Ethipoia over Oromo River dam

     Nairobi (HAN) May 28.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. Most scientists say the Ethiopia dams will starve Lake Turkana of water and eventually kill it. Negotiators to find lasting solution. Kenya has restarted negotiations with the Ethiopean government to find a long lasting solution over the Gibe III Dams, which threaten Lake Turkana’s existence.

    Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the negotiators are discussing scientific findings and will soon reach a solution.

    Most scientists have opposed the dams Ethiopia is building on River Omo, saying they will starve Lake Turkana of water and slowly kill it.

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